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Chilean flamingos hatch for first time at Belfast Zoo

Flamingo chicks are covered in fluffy white feathers which gradually darken to grey over the first few days

AFTER eight years of encouragement, Chilean flamingos at Belfast Zoo have hatched their first chicks.

Zoo keeper Geraldine Murphy, has had her hands full over the last few weeks as she has been hand-rearing the young.

The zoo has been home to flamingos since opening in 1934, with the Chilean flock arriving in 2010.

However, despite attempts by the zoo team to encourage breeding behaviour, including mirrors to make the birds think they were part of a much larger flock.

Artificial nests and dummy eggs finally did the trick and Popcorn hatched on September 17 and Peanut on October 5.

They are now being hand-reared by keepers due to the inexperience of the parents.

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