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Chester Zoo Welcomes a Lanky Crane Chick

A mother West African Crowned Crane keeps a beady eye on her new charge as it takes its first steps at Chester Zoo. The little crane - which one day will grow up to look as unusual as its attentive mum - is the first to be bred in the UK.

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Female cranes can have up to five chicks in one go, but mum seems perfectly content to take just one under her wing. (On an noneducational note... crane chicks look like dinosaur chickens to us)

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