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.