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Category: American Flamingo

A Very 'Merry' Update: Vet Team Creates Innovative Flamingo Brace

You may remember Merry the American flamingo whose treatment story appeared on social media earlier this year. After Merry's caretakers observed that she wasn’t using her right leg, she was transported to the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. During her exam, the vet team noticed swelling in her leg, so she was prescribed 'stall rest'. In the meantime, she received regular therapeutic laser therapy on her leg to accelerate the healing process while under... Read More
at Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Flamingo Update: Different Diets Result in Color Variety

If you have visited the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s American flamingo habitat at Island Life lately, you may have noticed some new additions. Last year, the bird department successfully hand-reared four American flamingo chicks, with the oldest chick being partially hand-reared , meaning staff members shared parental duties with the chick’s flamingo foster parents. Now, all four birds have fully integrated themselves into the flock and reside at the American... Read More
at Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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OKC Zoo Developing Partial Hand-Rearing Technique with Newborn Flamingo Chick

Caretakers at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden are developing a new technique with a flamingo hatchling enabling it to benefit from group socialization and parent rearing. This new partial hand-rearing method will allow the young bird to become a better mate and parent in the future. The chick, hatched Friday, July 13, has not yet been named and sex has not yet been determined. During breeding season, staff closely monitor the birds’ nests and place resulting eggs in... Read More
at Friday, July 27, 2018
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Helping Flamingo Chicks Grow Into Their Feathers

If you’ve visited the Zoo this summer, you may have noticed that our flock of American flamingos were nesting!    The flamingos constructed their intricate nest mounds out of natural materials found throughout their habitat including dirt, leaves, twigs and feathers. After the flamingos laid their eggs, I and other caretakers noticed that they were not being attentive to their nests, so we decided to intervene.  Fortunately, the collective... Read More
at Friday, August 25, 2017
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