ABQ Zoo welcomes endangered baby chick

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Residents will soon be able to see an endangered baby bird just born at the Albuquerque zoo.

Socorro doves are on the verge of extinction, but the zoo is helping prevent that with a rare breeding program.

The Socorro doves are brown and puffy, with a lot of personality.

There are only 100 left in captivity and a quarter of them live at the Albuquerque zoo.

“We got our first Socorro doves in 2008, and we got involved in the conservation project at that time. We got 12 birds from zoos in England,” said  Peter Shannon, the curator of birds.

Since then, it’s become the zoo’s mission to save these birds.

Last week they hatched another one. So far, staff have not been able to interact much with the chick.

“Because it’s such a rare species we don’t want to do anything that would disturb the birds in the nest,” said Shannon.

The chick was abandoned by its parents when it hatched. Since being born, white doves have become the chick’s foster parents.

The plan is to one day return the doves to their native residence, on an island off the coast of Mexico .

The Socorro dove will join the flock this summer.

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