Heat wave leads to flamingo eggs

The Times-Tribune - - NATION&WORLD -

A British con­ser­va­tion char­ity said record-break­ing heat has en­cour­aged a rare flock of An­dean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003.

The Wild­fowl & Wet­lands Trust said six of the ex­otic birds laid nine eggs, all of which were in­fer­tile. So ex­perts at the re­serve in Glouces­ter­shire gave the An­dean flamingos eggs from Chilean flamingos.

Mark Roberts, the avi­cul­ture man­ager, said “with the An­deans in full par­ent­ing mode, we gave them Chilean chicks to bring up as their own. It’s great mo­ti­va­tion and en­rich­ing for the birds.”

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