In 2012, four flamingo eggs were knocked off of their nests and were hatched in incubators, and two chicks had medical issues requiring that they too be hand-raised. Fed by keepers and housed in the Animal Hospital, they needed room to exercise and build strong muscles.
Keepers began to walk the chicks through the Zoo in the early mornings, before the Zoo opened. The flock of fluffy gray chicks followed their foster parents to the hilltop, to the delight of the rest of the staff. The chicks had bonded with their keepers, and become less skittish around humans.
Keepers wanted to share this special experience with Zoo guests, so private Flamingles are now available.