Definition of hand-rear in English:



  • (of a person) feed and care for (a young animal) until it is fully grown.

    ‘the baby gorillas were hand-reared by zookeepers after being rejected by their mothers’
    ‘hand-reared pheasants’
    • ‘A NEW brooder room for incubating eggs and hand-rearing baby birds is to be formally opened at the Johannesburg Zoo.’
    • ‘Today, though, most game sold in our supermarkets has been hand-reared or farmed, and its special aromas and flavours are diminished.’
    • ‘Roberts raises usually 13 youngsters a year, some of which are left with their parents, while others are removed for hand-rearing, with the parents sometimes laying again.’
    • ‘Romina was born at Rome Zoo and hand-reared by keepers.’
    • ‘A maximum of six chicks were hand-reared at any given time.’
    • ‘More than 1,500 hand-reared heath fritillary butterflies have been reintroduced into their former natural habitat.’
    • ‘I've got 11 sheep of my own that have all been hand-reared.’
    • ‘Previously most reintroduction efforts consisted mainly in transferring hand-reared birds directly into the wild.’
    • ‘But the foal's mother still refused to accept him and ever since Mrs White has been hand-rearing him.’
    • ‘The baby rabbits are nine days old and are now being hand-reared around the clock.’
    • ‘More and more rhinos are being hand-reared in small areas for hunting purposes.’
    • ‘She's hand-rearing this cheetah cub, just one of the many she's nurtured to adulthood.’
    • ‘In such cases, the young storks are hand-reared.’
    • ‘She will also be helping to hand-rear orphaned animals.’
    • ‘The piglets, who have been rejected by their mother, are being hand-reared at the school.’
    • ‘The chicks are being hand-reared in a Department of Conservation "safe house".’
    • ‘Tame young birds are kept in adjacent pens, so that the hand-reared birds will be familiar with other members of their species.’
    • ‘Of the 21 chicks recovered in 2000 to 2001, 15 were returned to their parents and six had to be hand-reared in a bird rehabilitation center.’
    • ‘But several hours later the week-old baby was be-coming dehydrated, so she decided to try to hand-rear him using a syringe filled with sugar water.’
    • ‘Farmers could find themselves breaking the new rules by moving young stock, including pet lambs which need hand-rearing.’