Today in Aww-mazing: Watch a Chick Hatch From Plastic Wrap Instead of an Eggshell

If you've ever wanted to see what's going on inside an egg, now's your chance.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg... or the Saran Wrap? In the viral video below, a group of Japanese high school students take an egg, crack it into a clear sterile vessel, cover it in plastic wrap, and then place it into an incubator. After a few days, you begin to see a beating heart developing. Blood vessels spread through the yellow yolk, other body features begin to form, and before you know it you've got a little chick waddling around the lab. Too. Cute. The process is fascinating, though it may deter you from eating eggs for a while.

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The technique itself is not new and wasn't developed by the high school students — that credit goes to the authors of a 2014 study in The Journal of Poultry Science. According to the study, the method only has about a 60 percent success rate. But it could still mean a lot for the future conservation of endangered birds (think surrogate eggs). Just don't try this at home, folks!

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