Thursday, September 25, 2014

Total Cuteness On Display

I've already written 3 blogs about the San Francisco Zoo and here I am writing another one. That's because today, Budget Day Trips was invited to participate in a media photo op celebrating the birth of four flamingo chicks - Chilean flamingos - to be exact. This was a chance to witness total cuteness on display, so I headed right over. I'm glad I did.

Some of the chicks are about 3 weeks old, one is less than a week old, and there are 2 more eggs that have been laid. The chicks are guarded by one or both of their parents at all times. Incidentally, the chicks are able to leave their nest after only three days.

Flamingo nests are made from mud that is scooped into a mound about 1.5 feet high and 15 inches in diameter. Each pair of flamingos lays just one egg on the mound and both parents take turns incubating the egg. The egg hatches in about a month. 

Normally, flamingos build their nest after an elaborate courtship and the female is ready to lay an egg. But see the flamingo on the front nest in the photo below? The keeper let us in on a little secret. That flamingo is actually a single male who was in a nurturing mood. He built his own nest and sat on it. The keeper put a wooden egg there to keep him happy for a while. Poor guy! He'll give up when it doesn't hatch and I'll bet his little bird brain will forget all about it. So don't be too sad! ;-)

Here's a poem I wrote about "Bob."

If you'd like to learn more about Chilean flamingos check out the link here. 

Tickled Pink promotion: The SF Zoo wants visitors to know that they are celebrating this "momentous occasion" by giving a $1 off the admission price for any visitors who wear pink to the Zoo on September 27 and 28. Also on Saturday, Zoo Members who wear pink are offered $10 off a new or renewed Membership.

As I've said before, there's so much to see at the San Francisco Zoo, so head over when you can - sooner rather than later - and visit the adorable flamingo chicks before they grow up.

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