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Louisville Zoo welcomes baby crane

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The baby red-crowned crane. (Source: The Louisville Zoo) The baby red-crowned crane. (Source: The Louisville Zoo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A baby crane is the newest addition to the Louisville Zoo.

A red-crowned crane baby hatched for the first time in the zoo's 44-year history.

According to the Louisville Zoo the birds are endangered population with only 3,000 in the wild and only 80 in the managed AZA population in North America.

The zoo has been trying to work with the bird's to produce an offspring for five years. The zoo's Curator of Birds, Gary Michael, said, "This is a special chick. Cranes can be picky about partners and be incompatible showing little interest in one another. It is a big deal when cranes are compatible, when they can produce a fertile egg and when they produce a chick."

Blood will have to be taken from the bird to determine the sex.

The new crane baby and its parents are on exhibit daily near the roadside entrance to Glacier Run and Tiger Tundra.

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