Baby Lear's Macaw Hatched In Brazil (PHOTOS)

| Aug 11, 2015 12:37 AM EDT

Parents, Francisco and Maria Clara - both Lear's Macaws - had laid some eggs in the past but they were not successfully incubated and were just broken. The next time the couple laid an egg, zoo keepers made sure that it would hatch. They placed the egg on an incubator where temperature and humidity can be controlled.

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Photos of the bird since it hatched was released by the zoo until it had grown into a healthy parrot.

With that, the first Lear's Macaw was hatched in Latin America at Brazil's São Paulo Zoo. The chick was only 22 grams when it hatched. He was fed by zoo keepers every two hours around the clock.

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The baby is fed with liquid every two hours so it could gain weight.
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The parrot started to gain weight after being fed every two hours daily.

The chick grew rapidly. Photos of the chick's growth were documented from its hatching until he was three-months-old. Keepers named the chick Teobaldo, or Téo for short, after a popular character in Brazilian folk literature, according to ZooBorns.

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The bird started to grow feathers and looked really gorgeous!

At three-months-old, Téo weighs 750 grams and still receives liquid food twice a day. Aside from that, he also nibbles on seeds and fruit while learning to fly short distances.

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The Lear's Macaw was named Teobaldo by the zoo keepers.
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This is how the Lear's Macaw looks like now. Isn't he handsome?

For over 150 years, the birds were only known as pets until a wild population was discovered in eastern Brazil in 1978. About 1,200 Lear's Macaw now live in two wild locations and their numbers are increasing. These parrots are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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