National Geographic

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“Besides Bwalya, another shoebill was confiscated and brought to Chikuni. This bird, Kapotwe, was only a few weeks old when she was brought to Chikuni. She was hand-reared for several months and got quite habituated to humans. We built a pond in her enclosure and at a certain point we put live fish in the pond, so she could learn to fish for herself. She grew up to be a small, but healthy shoebill. We determined Kapotwe was a female when she was at an appropriate age.”

Ralf Mullers