Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, welcomed a Chilean flamingo chick on Oct. 1, the first flamingo to hatch on-site in over two decades.
“This now five-day-old chick is a historical birth for our zoo,” they posted on Oct.5, “the first flamingo born at RWPZoo in 22 years.”
The chick’s mother is reportedly healthy and “doing a great job” of tending to her baby. Keepers and veterinarians are also on hand to monitor the newborn chick’s progression.
Flamingo parents are egalitarian when it comes to nursing duties, the zoo explained; both parents take turns feeding their newborn a fluid known as “crop milk,” a nourishing liquid produced as part of their digestive systems.
However, young flamingos hatch with soft gray-white feathers and a straight bill that will gradually curve downward as they mature.