Flamingo baby boom at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
SOARING summer temperatures caused a baby boom for flamingos in Slimbridge.
The Chilean flamingo flock at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust hatched 11 chicks which were parent-reared, with a further nine eggs sent to WWT Washington for hand-rearing.
This is the highest number of Chilean flamingo chicks to be born at the centre in 20 years.
Similarly the Caribbean flamingos had the strongest year since 2007 hatching and rearing 15 chicks.
Phoebe Young, avicultural warden, said the team was delighted with the bumper crop of newborns.
"It is such a positive outcome for Slimbridge and the culmination of years of effort that we have finally hit upon how to create the perfect conditions for a successful breeding season," she explained. "By observing the behaviours of the flocks they have shown us what they need and we have delivered on this.
"We are crossing our fingers that this positive breeding experience will encourage similar outcomes in future years and we can look forward to many more flamingo chicks."
For more information or to visit the chicks, see www.wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge.
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