Miller Park Zoo welcomes baby kookaburra

By Alyssa Donovan

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- A local zoo has a new family member.

A laughing kookaburra chick has been hatched at Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo.

Kookaburras are native to Australia as well as New Guinea in the southwest Pacific.

The chick hatched on April 8 and its parents are currently the number one breeding pair in the country.

The kookaburra has one of the best known calls in the animal kingdom.

This is the first one hatched at Miller Park Zoo.

The zoo's superintendent, Jay Tetzloff says not only does the chick help the zoo but it helps the entire population of kookaburras in North America.

“We’re in the business of trying to create sustainable populations and to do that you've got to breed and be successful," said Tetzloff. "This is the first one we've ever had, we've spent a lot of time learning how to do this from other zoos that have been successful. And having the number one pair in the country obviously it's very important for us to be successful this year."

The kookaburra family is on display in the Miller Park Zoo's Australia exhibit.

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