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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo welcomes spring chicks

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New spring chicks join the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo family, both strong and healthy, zoo officials announced Monday.

An African penguin and a Demoiselle crane both hatched in May. The penguin is a baby of two adult penguins "Thumbelina" and "Flannigan."  They have mated for many years at the zoo, like penguins do in the wild.

The penguin chick is the third for this pair.  Zookeepers take care of the chick now to facilitate independence, zoo officials told us. The chick will join the colony on exhibit in a few months.

The crane was adopted by two female sandhill cranes after a pair of Demoiselle cranes at the zoo's aviary didn't know what to do with their first egg.

Zookeepers told us, the fostering technique is common to help build up birds' populations when parent birds don't have experience.

The African penguin is classified as endangered, the Demoiselle crane population is abundant but in decline. The chicks don't have names yet.

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