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Denver Zoo celebrates hatching of rare Sarus Crane

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Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane. Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane.
Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane. Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane.
Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane. Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane.
Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane. Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever hatching of a Sarus crane.
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The Denver Zoo is celebrating the first of its kind hatching of a Sarus crane, which is the tallest of all flying birds.

The chick hatched on August 17 and hasn't been named yet. It is also not yet known if it is girl or a boy. The chick and its parents can now be seen at the The Kenneth King Foundation Crane Lagoon at the Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage.

"Denver Zoo is proud to celebrate its first hatching of a Sarus crane with Alfredo and Violetta," said Assistant Curator of Predators Matt Lenyo. "We are happy to see the chick growing stronger each day, and the new parents are proving to be naturals."

Zoo keepers found the egg on July 15 and monitored it closely before they moved it to the  Zoo's Avian Propagation Center for artificial incubation. In its place, the parents were given a wooden egg to make sure that they would brood. The chick was returned to them upon hatching and they have been caring for it ever since.

Keepers say the chick has become very mobile and can be seen walking long distances around its enclosure.

Sarus cranes grow to nearly 6-feet tall and are native to Southeast Asia and Australia. Their bodies are almost entirely gray and white, except for their red necks and heads. The species is classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources that is because of the loss and degradation of their natural habitat as well as hunting that targets adults and chicks. 

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