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Elderly flamingo becomes a mother

A flamingo thought to be at least 40 years old has become a mother at a bird park in West Yorkshire.

The hatchling is the first flamingo to be born at Harewood Bird Garden near Leeds in 20 years.

The flock of 18 Chilean flamingos live in the grounds of Harewood House alongside other birds including red kites and penguins.

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

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