Denver Zoo welcomes first successful kea chick hatchling

Denver Zoo is celebrating its first-ever successful hatching of a kea (KEE-yah), a large, vulnerable species of parrot. The female chick, named Scarlet, hatched on February 8, 2017, and has been hand-reared by zookeepers since then at the Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center. Scarlet’s arrival is special as she increases the North American zoo population to only 38 keas, 14 of which are female. Zookeepers have taken extra steps to assure her continued well-being. She is still growing behind the scenes, but will make her public debut soon at the Zoo’s Bird World habitat.

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