Thousands of flamingo chicks were rescued eleven weeks ago, and today, some of them are ready to head back home after their rehabilitation.
Cape Town, South Africa – The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) have shared an exciting video update about the rescued flamingo chicks they took in eleven weeks ago.
The organisation took the chicks in to help the Kimberly SPCA cope with the workload. Now that the chicks have grown strong, they will be returned to the Kamfersdam where they were rescued from, to be released. For now, only forty-two of the birds will be sent to the “homeland”, and forty-nine are still being cared for by SANCCOB.
“Not quite the little Flamingo Chicks we admitted eleven weeks ago; they are ready to spread their wings in the wild. 42 Lesser Flamingos are boarding an early morning flight tomorrow, returning to the Kamfersdam breeding site in the Northern Cape.
Keep an eye on our page for more pics as it transpires. We couldn’t have done it all without your support – Thank You! 49 will stay behind until our Veterinarian gives the all clear & we are so excited to have reached this point.” – SANCCOB, Table View
This news has delighted people who have been following the story over the last few months. It is an exciting day to see the once fragile birds, head back into the wild where they belong.
“This is so emotional. I didn’t work hands-on with them but have watched them grow every single week. I literally have tears rolling down my cheek. I have become so fond of them. It’s been hard work for everyone that had to look after them, but they did a sterling job. Time for the babies to go back to there families. Going to miss them so much” – Mariska Pedlar
Many have been concerned that they may struggle, but SANCCOB has confirmed that the Kamfersdam has sufficient water and algae again.
Watch below as they get ready to start practising to fly some day.