DC Zoo Announces Birth of two Rare Cranes [SLIDESHOW]

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The National Zoo has announced the successful hatching of two rare cranes.

They said Wednesday that the white-naped crane chicks were born May 12 and 14 at the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

White-naped cranes are native to China, Russia and Korea. They typically stand four feet tall and weigh about 12 pounds. They are mostly dark grey with a white hind neck.

Because of habitat destruction, the population of cranes in the wild is estimated to be about 5,000.

Take a look at the slideshow below for more of the National Zoo’s baby animals!