A recent video published by Oregon Zoo’s Youtube channel shows a group of baby flamingos running around looking adorable. The video shows the babies who haven’t even turned pink yet and the way they run is the most adorable thing we’ve seen all day. We’re sure the zoo guards are having so much fun watching over the birdies!
We were curious to learn why these babies flamingos aren’t pink yet, so we turned to Wikipedia that says, “Young flamingos hatch with greyish-red plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene obtained from their food supply.” Apparently, the stronger their feather color is, the healthier they are and the more desirable they are as mates. White or pale flamingos are usually unhealthy and lacking important nutrients.
Their color also depends on where they live; American flamingos are typically a brighter red color because they intake more beta carotene through the food that’s available to them.
Scroll down for the Oregon Zoo video that will put a smile to your face in a matter of seconds!