Endangered red-crowned crane chick born at Woodland Park Zoo


SEATTLE - The Woodland Park Zoo announced Thursday that a red-crowned male crane chick was born.   

The fluffy brown chick was born May 13 to 21-year-old parents, Niles and Maris, who were donated to the zoo in 1992, officials with the zoo said. 

The crane will be making its way to the zoo’s wetland exhibit. 

According to zoo officials, the red-crowned cranes are severely endangered in their native habitat, with an estimated 2,700 cranes remaining in northeast Asia.

Since the species joined the zoo, the zoo has celebrated 13 successful hatchlings from Niles and Maris.