The Philadelphia Zoo family just got a little bigger—and much more adorable.
The zoo recently welcomed a Caribbean flamingo chick, the first successful hatching of the species in more than two decades. While the chick stands at just 6-inches-tall in its early days, it will eventually grow to approximately 5-feet-tall and transform from a small, gray, fluffy chick to a vibrant pink adult.
The zoo’s newest addition is getting plenty of love and attention and made its public debut on Wednesday, Aug. 5, on The Philadelphia Zoo’s Facebook Live program, [email protected]
Philadelphians can help name the flamingo chick—selecting from a list of names chosen by zookeepers, people can vote on their favorite through Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. Name choices include: Rosado, Alto and Flaco. The three names all have a special meaning from Spanish words. Rosado means “pink.” Alto means “tall” and Flaco mean “slim.” People can vote for their favorite name online at philadelphiazoo.org/flamingo.
“We are so pleased to welcome this new flamingo chick to our growing flock,” said Ian Gereg, the Zoo’s Vice President for Animal Well-Being. “After several years of preparing the flock and their enclosure for successful nesting, we are all very happy to watch the chick’s development under the care of its doting parents.”