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Tawny frog­mouth bird hatches at Bre­vard Zoo

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Amid the daily churn of gloomy head­lines, the Bre­vard Zoo has some good news to share. It comes in the form of a tiny baby bird, a tawny frog­mouth chick named Lit­tle Frank.

Weigh­ing in at just 16 grams when it hatched April 21, the bird has been un­der the watch­ful care of the zoo’s an­i­mal care staff, din­ing on a com­bi­na­tion of meat and cat food ev­ery two hours dur­ing a 16-hour pe­riod each day. The bird’s sex is not yet known.

The chick’s par­ents are 20-year-old Nathan and eight-year-old Hot­dog, who’ve had five off­spring at Bre­vard Zoo.

Though the tawny frog­mouth species is com­monly associated with owls, this noc­tur­nal bird is more closely associated with night­jars and fea­tures bright yel­low eyes, a wide beak, long wings and short legs. The bird is na­tive to Aus­tralia but faces threats in­clud­ing habi­tat loss, pes­ti­cide use and preda­tors like cats and foxes.

The Bre­vard Zoo, a not­for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, re­ceives no re­cur­ring pub­lic funds and stands to lose one-third of its an­nual in­come, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. The zoo asks com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­sider sup­port­ing by vis­it­ing bre­vard­zoo.org to do­nate, pur­chase a mem­ber­ship or sym­bol­i­cally adopt an an­i­mal.

BRE­VARD ZOO PHO­TOS

A tawny frog­mouth bird, named Lit­tle Frank, hatched at the Bre­vard Zoo on April 21.

Lit­tle Frank weighed in at 16 grams upon hatch­ing.

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