Flamingo chicks learn to walk at the Oregon Zoo

A week-old greater flamingo chick learns to walk. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess

PORTLAND, Ore. — Five flamingo chicks learned to walk this week at the Oregon Zoo.

"The 2-week-old muffin-sized chicks are the first flamingos to hatch at the zoo," the Zoo said in a statement.

“The chicks have really long legs, so they were pretty wobbly at first,” said Barbara Suhn, senior flamingo keeper. “But they’re getting really good on their feet. They’ll be running around the zoo in no time.”

According to the Zoo:

Keepers take the fluffy chicks out of the nursery twice daily for short sunny walks and swim sessions. According to Suhn, the tiny gray birds are already full of personality and like to keep their care staff on their toes.

“The chicks love to play with each other and explore their surroundings,” Suhn said. “They’ve got so much energy — it’s really fun to watch.”

The chicks will lose their gray feathers as they grow older - and develop the pink we associate with flamingos.

According to the Zoo:

The new arrivals came to the Oregon Zoo as eggs on a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for greater flamingos — a cooperative program among accredited zoos that helps create genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations to guarantee the long-term future of animals. These SSPs also support relevant field projects, research and public education to help prevent animal endangerment and extinction.
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