Posted by: JulieAloha | June 1, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 152: Paco & Pluma

June 1, 2017

As I was walking around grounds I chanced to meet these two fine feathered fellows on their morning walk. This is Paco (he’s the taller bloke) and Pluma, two of our Chilean Flamingoes. 

They’re almost a year old now and have lost their baby fluff, you can see their adult plumage beginning to show on their wings. Their eggs were abandoned and they hatched out in an incubator; they’ve been hand raised by keepers and are trained to be Animal Ambassadors in the Alvord Broadleaf Theater. We love to see them walking about grounds with their Keepers. Paco took a brief interest in me – I was wearing my greens and he may have hoped for a treat from another staffer – but he was gently called back to continue his jaunt and I, smiling fondly, went back to my own, better for the encounter. 

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