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Zoo Knoxville welcomes rare bird hatchling

For the first time, a “Blue crowned laughingthrush” hatched at the zoo on July 16.
For the first time, a “Blue crowned laughingthrush” hatched at the zoo on July 16. /
For the first time, a “Blue crowned laughingthrush” hatched at the zoo on July 16. /(Zoo Knoxville)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 7:17 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Zoo Knoxville announced the birth of a rare hatchling Wednesday.

For the first time, a “Blue crowned laughingthrush” hatched at the zoo on July 16.

The bird will serve as an ambassador for its critically endangered counterparts in the wild. According to the zoo, there are less than 200 remaining in the wild, as they are threatened by development and the illegal pet trade in their native China.

Zoo Knoxville is excited to announced the birth of a very rare hatchling! For the first time, Zoo Knoxville hatched a "...

Posted by Zoo Knoxville on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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