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Six cygnets hatch at Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lincoln Park Zoo announced some new and adorable zoo babies on Thursday – six trumpeter swan cygnets that hatched June 5.
The cygnets, the first born at the zoo since 2009, will be released into the wild in four months as part of a wildlife reintroduction program the zoo has been involved with for a decade. The zoo previously has released 35 swans into Iowa.
“Trumpeter swans were literally on the brink of extinction just a few decades ago,” said Sunny Nelson, Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds, in an email. “Now, thanks to reintroduction efforts like this one, these beautiful birds can be found throughout the region. Chicks hatched at Lincoln Park Zoo are actually breeding in the wild and creating the next generation.”
Trumpeter swans are fiercely protective parents so don’t get too close. The cygnets will triple in size in the next four months while acquiring skills necessary to live in the wild, Nelson said.