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Baby flamingos hatch at Tracy Aviary

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Posted at 10:23 PM, Jul 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-17 00:23:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Three baby flamingos hatched at Tracy Aviary this week.

The eggs were first incubated and then returned to the parents for hatching. The babies are now in the care of their parents.

Jennifer Evans, Tracy Aviary, said the staff is keeping a close eye on them, as the babies are in danger of getting washed out of their nests during big storms.

"We actually had a bird get washed off the nest,” she said. “The parents did their best to keep brooding him, so they sat in the mud with him all night. The keepers found him in the morning and immediately got him vet care. And he's been cleared to go back on exhibit, although we are going to have to give him antibiotics twice a day."

The gender of the baby flamingos is unknown for now. Tracy Aviary employees said they will be able to determine their gender when the babies are old enough to have blood drawn.