WELLINGTON, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A New Zealand zoo is claiming a world first after the hatching of two flamingo chicks.
The chicks were the first flamingos ever bred in Australasia, and the first any zoo had successfully bred from an entirely hand- reared flock anywhere in the world, Auckland Zoo announced Friday.
Exotic birds expert Michael Batty said the zoo had been waiting for the chicks since bringing the zoo's flock of greater flamingos from the United Kingdom to New Zealand in 2001.
"No zoo has ever successfully bred from a completely hand- reared flock before. These two chicks are the first in the world. It's wonderful; we've achieved the circle of life," Batty said in a statement.
Flamingos were flock birds, but each bird developed its own personality traits, he said.
Zoo official Nat Sullivan said in the statement the chicks were doing well and communicating with each other.
They still lacked the pink feathering for which the birds are famed, but that should develop over their first three years.
Their sex would not be determined for some time and it would be a few months before visitors could see them.