Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes Rare Bird Chicks

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 1:19 PM CDT
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Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has some good news for one of the world's rarest birds.

The zoo says it is caring for a newly fledged clutch of three Bali mynah chicks. It's the first time in 12 years the zoo has seen a successful hatching of the birds.

Bali mynahs are exceedingly rare. The zoo says there are only 115 wild birds on its native range on Indonesia's island of Bali and an estimated 1,000 more in captivity.

Zoo spokesman Sharon Dewar says there are no plans to release the three chicks into the wild. But she says zoo officials hope to create a sustainable population that would ultimately allow for Bali mynahs to be released into their natural habitat.

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