When the chick is large enough to survive on its own it will join the flock at the Flamingo Pond, WFOR reported. Until then, it will be monitored closely by staff members. The chick will be available for viewing by the public.
“Raising a flamingo is a tedious process. It takes a lot of time and multiple feedings to care for them properly,” said Laura Wyatt, wildlife curator at Flamingo Gardens. “Humidity and temperature must be monitored carefully for flamingo offspring to survive. They are hearty, yet fragile birds when young so they must be handled very gently.”
There are 14 adult American flamingos at the sanctuary. There also is one Chilean flamingo and four Greater flamingos, WFOR reported.
Flamingos have been hatched at the sanctuary before, but none were laid on the premises. The sanctuary raised 11 American flamingo eggs received from Hialeah Racetrack in 2002. Two of those flamingos are the parents of the newest chick, the television station reported.