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Baby crane chicks walk the walk

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:02

Jul 14 - Month old baby crane chicks get the walkaround at San Diego Zoo. Phil Furey reports.

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A pair of East African crowned crane chicks are getting used to their surroundings at the San Diego Zoo, and they're strutting around like they own the place. The young female chicks hatched a month ago and need daily exercise to strengthen their feet and long legs. This is so they can gain balance before they can hop about with the other cranes in the zoo, according to senior keeper Tiana Skrivseth. SOUNDBITE: Tiana Skrivseth, saying (English): "The first thing in the morning we walk them and it's one four daily walks that we do. The first walk will bring them to this outdoor run where they will spend the day outside to get their sunshine and exercise. And then the last walk of the day brings them indoors at night for nighttime." Eventually, the little chicks will become big birds, with crowns that live up to their name. But until their coronations, these two birds of a feather will have to flock and fumble together, not that they mind that one little bit.

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Baby crane chicks walk the walk

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:02