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Nene geese born at Denver Zoo

The Nene geese, named for the sound "nay nay" that the animals produce, are a cause for celebration at the Denver Zoo, where three newborns are adding to the scarce numbers for this endangered animal, according to a new report from the Huffington Post.

The Nene geese are the state birds of Hawaii but have seen their numbers bordering on extinction from as early as the 1940s. The animals are currently under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, which went into effect in the 1970s under Nixon.

The three new births represent a first for the Nene geese at the Denver Zoo. Nene geese are often hunted by animals such as pigs, dogs and cats. There are only about 1,200 total of these animals left in the wild, according to the Denver Zoo.

There is still time to save endangered animals and plants, but the government as well as activists have to work together. A backlog that has kept many decisions concerning species' endangered statuses from receiving federal protection has put conservation groups at odds with some authorities. More than 200 animals are currently on the waiting list.
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