Endangered crane born at Florida zoo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida zoo has announced the arrival of an adorable new baby – an endangered red-crowned crane.

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According to WPEC-TV, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announced Friday that mom Akai and dad Yuki welcomed a chick on May 4.

“After 35 days of incubation, the young one made a grand entry inside the habitat as a surprise delight for guests passing by,” the zoo wrote in a Facebook post.

To celebrate Endangered Species Day today, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has a fitting announcement. Please...

Posted by Palm Beach Zoo on Friday, May 20, 2022

Zoo staffers decided to name the baby Obi, according to the post.

“An obi is part of a Japanese kimono and coincidentally the name of a favorite ‘Star Wars’ character,” the post read. “Since red-crowned cranes are found in southeastern Russia, northeast China, Mongolia and eastern Japan, the name honors the crane’s Asian heritage.”

Red-crowned cranes are considered endangered, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.

“With about 2,000 birds remaining in the wild, this newborn is an important addition to the red-crowned crane population in human care and their family across the globe,” the Palm Beach Zoo wrote on Facebook.

The cranes, which are just “a few inches tall” and about 120 grams at birth, grow to about 4 1/2 feet tall by the age of 3 months, the zoo wrote.

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