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Burrowing owls and Kori Bustards eye debuts at National Zoo

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The Smithsonian National Zoo is elated to welcome two Burrowing Owl chicks and two Kori Bustard chicks that have made their way to the Smithsonian National Zoo and are on the cusp of making their public debuts.

These rare birds are very vulnerable when they hatch. Because of this, zoo personal will be taking close care of their new charges, hand feeding them as well as protecting them from several predator birds that also make a home for themselves on the zoo grounds.

These protective measures help to ensure that the chicks will eventually reach sexual maturity and breed successfully.

Due to the vulnerable nature inherit with these newborns, the chicks will not be allowed contact with the visiting public until  late August.

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