Featured Image Credit: Jacksonville Zoo
By: Sarah Sharkey
A pair of greater flamingo chicks was born at the Jacksonville Zoo earlier this summer. The first chick hatched on June 21st and the second chick hatched on June 27th. Both of the young birds are doing well.
These two chicks are the first greater flamingos to be born at the Jacksonville Zoo. The zoo has been home to greater flamingos since 2016 when 36 African greater flamingos moved from the ZooTampa at Lowry Park.
One of the youngins was rejected by its parents, but the zoo staff is raising the young chick. This chick will remain behind the scenes until it is ready to mingle with the other flamingos. The second chick is still with its parents, so it is already living with the flock.
Both of the chicks are absolutely adorable. In addition to being cute, they are also extremely healthy. The chicks will continue to receive quality attention from trained zoo professionals throughout their upbringing to ensure that they make it to adulthood happy and healthy.
The second set of chicks was born at the zoo, but they are penguin chicks. All of the young birds around the zoo are cute, but the zoo staff created a competition to see which of the pairs was cuter: flamingos or penguins? Who would you vote for?
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