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The Clean Cut: California zoo welcomes six flamingo chicks
After 18 years without baby flamingos, six spindly-legged birds recently hatched at the Sacramento Zoo. - photo by Caresa Alexander Randall
According to the Sacramento Zoo, the six American flamingo chicks hatched between June 28 and July 30. The eggs were collected from their flock and artificially incubated to ensure hatching success.

Baby flamingos are born with white or grey down. Their fuzzy feathers and hugely proportioned legs with a body that resembles a lifted monster truck makes them seem similar to the awkwardness of teen years. The zoo website noted that the white down turns to grey and then to pink as they mature. The pink pigmentation comes from aquatic organisms they eat.

Check out this video posted by the Sacramento Zoo and see the younger chicks resting and toddling and older chicks playing, bathing, eating and even standing on one leg.
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