For the second time ever in Australasia, an Auckland Zoo flamingo chick has hatched under the watchful eyes of its own proud parents and will continue to be raised within the flock.
The wee chick took its time breaking through the shell, which unfortunately caused the shell membrane to dry out a little bit, making it harder to crack. Luckily, Pridelands keeper David Crimp was on hand to assist, waiting anxiously like any soon to be parent!
Flamingo parents Lizzie and Chick took to their tiny hatchling straight away, from aiding with the hatching process, to bonding and showing excellent feeding behaviours. Flamingos produce a crop milk which the chicks feed on for a few months while their bills develop and they begin to transition onto the adult flamingo diet.