Thursday, 18 October 2012

Flamingo Chick update – great progress!

Our regular Blog readers may remember that we rescued a Chilean Flamingo chick a little while ago that had been cast out by the flock.  The young Flamingo is now approximately three months old.  The Keepers have done a great job of hand-rearing the chick so far!  He’s being tube-fed a specialised diet and has gained weight steadily, especially over this past week (we don’t actually know whether it’s a he or a she, but the chick is referred to as ‘he’ by the Animal Care Team!)  Over the last couple of nights the youngster has been given Flamingo Pellets soaked in water – and for the first time today we witnessed him feeding himself!!  This is a very re-assuring step forward in his progress!  It’s moments such as these that are amongst the most rewarding and exhilarating of all for our Team!

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Above left: standing next to his feed bowl. Above centre: Examining the soaked pellets.  Above right: tucking in!

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