11 19/11/2010

Royal wedding fever has birds in a flap

CHESTER Zoo has unveiled its two latest stars - which come with a decidedly Royal twist.

A pair of Royal Starlings, which were patiently hand-reared by keeper Victoria Kaldis, have been affectionately dubbed William and Kate by keeping staff who were delighted at news of the engagement of the Prince and Miss Middleton.

The Royal starlings are just a few months old and the species originates from East Africa.

Andrew Woolham, Team Leader, said: “As William proposed during a visit to Kenya it would be nice to think that, as they became engaged to be married, Royal Starlings may have been there to witness the special event.”

The zoo hopes that its own William and Kate will go on to have youngsters of their own.