NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A couple of love birds at the Virginia Zoo have produced a bouncing baby... chick.
When Earline, a female cassowary, was introduced to Boris, the zoo's male cassowary, in February, Boris quickly showed interest, said Alexandra Zelazo-Zessler, the Virginia Zoo's lead bird zookeeper.
Their interest recently produced a baby bird. Boris actually incubated the egg and is raising the chick. "In the cassowary world, fathers do all the hard work," said Zelazo-Kessler.
Visitors to the zoo can see the cassowaries on the far side of the Australia exhibit, behind the barn. The Virginia Zoo's Executive Director Greg Bockheim said the baby may be difficult to spot, though, because the chick is brown and less than a foot tall.
The chick will be named after its sex is determined, Bockheim added.
Cassowaries, which are flightless birds, have a reputation as the world's most dangerous bird; they are capable of inflicting serious injuries with their claws. They are also among the largest birds, only slightly smaller than the ostrich and emu.
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