Baby flamingos learn to walk tall at National Aviary

Written by on July 23, 2017 in Critter Love - No comments

OMG! So, so fluffy!

Remember when everyone went ga-ga over some baby flamingos when they hatched at the National Aviary a few weeks ago.

Well, now the four chicks are making their public debut and strutting their stuff — as well as squawking up a storm — at the Pittsburg facility.

Also, they are tremendously cute.

The American Flamingo chicks hatched between June 25 and July 9.

The wee birds are light grey and white, but their feathers will change to pink in about a year.

They are also proof you are what you eat.

Their (eventual) rosy pigment is due to the high concentrations of carotenoid pigments in the algae, diatoms, small fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects and larvae, which flamingos consume.

Right now they are busy learning to walk and flap.

“The fluffy white chicks toddled around the National Aviary Rose Garden lawn, stretching their already-long legs and testing out the feel of the grass on their webbed feet and toes,” the aviary said.

Just put this on a loop. You could watch it all day.

It’s not clear if the chicks are boys are girls.

The aviary will send feathers to the lab for DNA testing to determine their genders.

And they won’t stay this small and adorable forever. The birds will be full-grown in about 18 months.

Meanwhile, walk tall little fella. Walk tall.

Photos National Aviary

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