WATCH: Flamingo chick ‘Gene’ is a beacon of hope for his species

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SCOTTISH BORDERS, Scotland (KLAS) — Gene the Chilean Flamingo is a precious little beacon of hope for his species, a species that’s population is declining.

Gene was born on Sept. 12 at a bird sanctuary in Scottish Borders and weighed just about two ounces. Since then, the little guy has gained weight, packing on another ounce. It’s all thanks to a steady diet of sardines and oatmeal.

Chilean Flamingos are found in South America and live in colonies. They have a couple of unique characteristics, including blue-grey legs with bright pink knees.

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