Posted at 11:29 pm June 19, 2013 by PR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 19, 2013
CONTACT: SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL
PHOTO NEWS RELEASE
What’s Pink and Gray and Cute All Over?
A recently hatched Caribbean flamingo chick reaches up to its mother, hoping to be fed at the San Diego Zoo this morning. The Zoo currently has 118 Caribbean flamingos and this chick is one of seven hatched this year.
When born, flamingo chicks have gray down feathers and are the size of a tennis ball with legs. After hatching, the chicks stay close to a parent, sitting with the mother or father for the first 5 to 12 days on a nest mound created for the chick.
The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are among only a handful of zoos in the world to raise offspring from three of the five flamingo species; Caribbean flamingos, a greater flamingo subspecies, Chilean flamingos and lesser flamingos. Together, the Zoo and Park have successfully hatched over 450 chicks.
Photo taken on June 19, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.
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