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Rare Rhinoceros Hornbill at St. Louis Zoo

Adult Rhinoceros Hornbills at the St. Louis Zoo Adult Rhinoceros Hornbills at the St. Louis Zoo Image source: Fox 2 KTVI

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Zoo officials are celebrating a first - the birth of a baby Rhinoceros Hornbill.

   The yellow-beaked bird actually hatched July 13 but has remained in its nest. The species is near the threatened list and is native to Indonesia, Asia and Thailand. The birth was a first for the breed at the zoo in Forest Park.

   The birds eventually reach about 3 feet tall and weigh up to 7 pounds. The chick has not yet come out of its hollow but visitors can see it sticking its beak out for food.

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