Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes Rare Red-Crowned Crane Chick, the Zoo's First Hatchling Since 2006

The red-crowned crane chick hatched overnight on Tuesday

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Photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden/ Facebook

The Cincinnati Zoo is chirping with joy this week as they celebrate the birth of a red-crowned crane chick.

According to zoo officials, the baby bird hatched overnight on Tuesday, marking the first hatching of this rare species for the Cincinnati Zoo since 2006.

"The baby boom continues at the Cincinnati Zoo!" the zoo shared on Facebook late Tuesday.

The chick — whose name has yet to be announced — will stay with its parents for around one year after incubating for 26-21 days.

In a video posted to the zoo's Facebook page, the newborn chick is seen exploring its habitat while surrounded by other cranes in the area.

At one day old, the tiny chick is a light brown color with fuzzy-looking feathers.

Red-crowned cranes are native to Asia and are one of the largest crane species, according to the zoo.

The aquatic species is currently listed as endangered. Typically these birds feed on invertebrates, fish, frogs, and, opportunistically, on berries, grasses, and other plants.

The new addition to the zoo comes nearly one month after the facility reopened its doors to the public.

After being closed for over two months due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns, the zoo reopened on June 10 with extra precautions to keep their guests, animals, and staff safe.

"We’re thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back," Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard said in a press release last month. "They have missed this place, and we have missed them. Fiona [the hippo] is ready to greet her adoring fans!"

As part of phase one of their reopening, the zoo has reduced visitor capacity by 50-75 percent, and all guests need to make a reservation ahead of time. Reservation confirmations will include specific arrival times, as well as directions for where to park and enter.

According to the zoo's website, outdoor exhibits are currently open to the public as well as a few indoor habitats. All indoor food and retail stores remain closed.

Employees are required to wear face coverings, and the zoo is recommending that visitors do the same. "The more we do to keep each other safe and healthy, the sooner we can welcome more visitors back," Maynard added.

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