Against all odds 'Buster' the ostrich survives by being hand fed milk by staff in Fota Wildlife Park.
Buster was the only survivor from seventeen ostrich eggs laid at Fota Island Wildlife Park in the summer of 1986. Just six of the eggs were fertile and they suffered in the humid air of the wet summer. Buster was the only chick to survive having been taken from the eggshell by Fota Park staff, placed in an incubator and hand fed. Buster was taught to eat for himself by a chicken, who taught him how to peck for food.
Sean Keown Manager at Fota Wildlife Park speaks to reporter Tom MacSweeney about the survival of the two and a half week old ostrich and the importance of Buster's birth for the park in demonstrating the potential of Fota Island as a breeding area for animals.
He's the first chick born in Ireland.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 September 1986. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.