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Keepers await flamingo hatching

Keepers at a bird garden near Leeds are celebrating as two of their flamingos prepare to hatch the first chick to be born at the park for 20 years.

The mother-to-be, one of 18 Chilean flamingos at the Harewood Bird Garden, is thought to be about 40 years old.

Head keeper John Waller said: "It's very exciting. The chick is about to hatch at any time."

Flamingos lay a single egg on a muddy nest on the ground. Chicks are born with fluffy grey plumage.

The flamingoes of Harewood get ready to hear the patter of tiny feet

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