Meet the fluffy flamingos that have hatched at Chester Zoo.
The first of the chicks began to break out of its shell on 25 June with 20 more arriving since, increasing the total number of Caribbean flamingos currently at the zoo to 120.
All 21 youngsters are being hand fed by zookeepers at regular timed intervals, four times a day, and will require such special attention for around another five weeks.
Mark Vercoe, Assistant Curator of Birds, said:
The word ‘flamingo’ comes from the Spanish and Latin word ‘flamenco’ which means fire, and refers to the bright colour of the birds’ feathers
Flamingos get their pink colouring from crustaceans and algae that they eat
They are highly social birds and they live in colonies that can contain thousands of individuals
Caribbean flamingos are the largest of all five flamingo species