Zoo to tally tweets to name rare red-crowned crane

WEST PALM BEACH (CBS12) - A rare male red-crowned crane chick was born on May 21, 2014 at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and the zoo staff members need your help naming him.Zoo members are turning to Twitter for the naming contest.

The guidelines for the contest are:Users can tweet the Zoo @palmbeachzoo and hashtag their chosen name from three options selected between 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, and the last until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

The naming choices, selected by Zookeeper Sarah Coleman and former Zookeeper Erica LaMare, are Kaze (wind), Tobu (fly), and Kakashi (scarecrow). The selections are Japanese, honoring the native habitat of the endangered species.

Only one tweet vote per user within the 24-hour period.The chick was the first born to mother Akai and father Yuki and is currently on exhibit at the Australia/Asia section of the Zoo.

Red-crowned cranes are originate from East Asia and are among the most rare cranes in the world. These waterbirds are severely endangered in their native habitat, with scientists estimating fewer than 3,000 remaining.


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