Adorable Baby Chicks Make Progress at Brookfield Zoo - NBC Chicago

Adorable Baby Chicks Make Progress at Brookfield Zoo

Two tawny frogmouth chicks abandoned by their parents hatched earlier this July and are making great progress, the zoo announced Friday



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    Brookfield Zoo welcomed two new members to their flighty community last month.

    Two tawny frogmouth chicks hatched in July and, at 3 weeks old, the grey, white, silver and black-speckled hatchlings are making the progress needed for their debut to zoo-goers, Brookfield Zoo announced Friday.

    The babies were abandoned by the parents the zoo matched up as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Tawny Frogmouth Species Survival Plan, and were incubated and hatched by zoo staff.

    It is unclear as to why the parents ditched the baby eggs, but the downy-feathered chicks have reportedly grown, are eating well and appear healthy.

    The baby birds will remain out of the exhibit until they are slightly older, but the two adult parents, loaned from the Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina and Sea World Orlando, are showcased in the zoo’s Feathers and Scales building for guests to see.