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Thousands of flamingo chicks rescued from dried-out South African dam

Thousands of flamingo chicks have been adopted by conservationists in South Africa after their parents abandoned them when the water in Northern Cape’s Kamfers Dam dried up.

The animals were airlifted to a conservation centre in Cape Town a few weeks ago and have since been taken to several centres.

The Kamfers Dam is home to tens of thousands of birds but a harsh summer and lack of water has made the area uninhabitable.

Many of the chicks were dehydrated when they were rescued, according to conservationists.

This footage shows the chicks being cared for at the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), who have been asking for donations to help nurse the animals back to health.