12 Aug 2011

The four week old Caribbean flamingo chick is being hand-reared after it was rejected by its parents.

The chick is fed via a syringe at regular timed intervals, four times a day and will require such special attention for around another four months. 

Trainee Keeper Alex Gray said: “It’s an intricately planned and time consuming job but we just want to make sure he becomes strong enough to be able re-join the others”.

When it is time, the chick will join back up with the rest of the flock – including 14 others that have also recently hatched – in the our Flamingo Lagoon.