Wednesday, August 6, 2008


The Franklin Park Zoo has announced that two Chilean flamingo chicks have hatched there in the past two weeks.

The zoo has exhibited flamingos since the 1920s, but these are the first that have hatched there. One hatched July 25; the other on Aug. 1.

With the new additions, the zoo now has 31 Chilean flamingos in its collection.

The animals' nests are mounds of mud, which can be two feet tall. A single egg is laid and is incubated by both the parents, who also raise the chick, the zoo said in a statement.

The pale pink birds grow to be four to five feet tall and prefer shallow, salty lakes and lagoons, the zoo said.