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Drought in South Africa nearly results in loss of thousands of Flamingo chicks

Recently, an ecological disaster was averted, due to the efforts of South African and US environmentalists. The Lesser Pink Flamingo near Kamfars Dam, which has only main six breeding grounds worldwide, (mostly in Africa), saw a severe drought, just at the time when the years chicks were being born.

Coordinated by Mark Anderson of BirdLife South Africa, the SANCCOB Wildlife Sanctuary, about 10 environmental organizations in South Africa, as well as many zoos in the US, sent supplies, and people to rescue thousands of flamingo chicks. Due to the drought, and low waters near the dam, baby chicks and flamingo eggs had been abandoned by their parents.

After collecting about 2,000 eggs and chicks in flat boxes with air holes, the newly hatched and newborn chicks were fed around the clock with eyedroppers filled with shrimp milkshakes.  After the flamingo chicks were cared for several months, over 500 have been released by into the wild.

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Drought in South Africa nearly results in loss of thousands of Flamingo chicks
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