Welcome to the world, the sweet sarus (SAHR-uhss) crane chick, the first of its kind to hatch at the Denver Zoo.
Born Aug. 17, the birth of the yet unnamed chick (the gender is also yet to be determined) increases the zoo’s sarus crane population to three. First time parents, Violetta and Alfredo, were paired up to guarantee a healthy population of the species (which happen to be one of the world’s tallest flying birds), and reportedly have been keeping outstanding care of their first-born. See the family at the Kenneth King Foundation Crane Lagoon at the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage.
Native to parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia, the non-migratory sarus crane stands at 5-feet, 11-inches tall and is known for its fidelity to its mates.