Fluffy Flamingos Join the Flock
September 30, 2012
The Gladys Porter Zoo is tickled pink to introduce Paige, Chico, and Angela, three baby Chilean Flamingos that hatched earlier this month. They are the first Chilean Flamingos to hatch at Gladys Porter Zoo in ten years.
Paige emerged from her egg on September 2, 2012. Chico hatched on September 7, and Angela followed soon after on September 8.
In early August, Jesse Olvera, Head Keeper in the Bird Department, traveled to Sea World in San Antonio to obtain the eight eggs that Sea World graciously donated to the zoo. The eggs were artificially incubated for 28-30 days under the watchful eye of the Bird Department.
Though the eggs arrived at the zoo together, the eggs were laid by different parents. Of the eight eggs, three hatched.
Flamingo eggs must be monitored closely due to their permeable shells. Humidity and temperature must be adjusted and checked regularly, and the eggs must be rotated every four hours to ensure a healthy hatching.
Flamingo chicks have downy grey feathers. It will take roughly two years before they take on the light pink color of adult Flamingos.
Photo Credits: Gladys Porter Zoo