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First Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Louisiana in Decades

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A whooping crane chick has hatched in Louisiana for the first time since 1939!

In a victory for conservationists everywhere, a whooping crane chick has hatched wildly for the first time in the state since 1939. Because they are among some of the most endangered birds, this is a huge victory.

As the AP reported, “only about 600 of the graceful 5-foot-tall birds exist, all descended from 15 in Texas.” It was the third and finally successful attempt.

It’s also possible there could be a second chick hatching soon, as a fifth pair laid eggs a few weeks ago, but because incubation lasts about 30 days, it’s too soon to tell if it will be successful.

Since 2011, wildlife officials have bene trying to nourish a wild flock of whooping cranes in Louisiana and this is a huge step in the right direction.

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First Whooping Crane Chick Hatches in Louisiana in Decades