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Fun Fact Friday_Think Pink

Fun Fact of the Day:  Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp and algae.

English: Lesser Flamingos in the Ngorongoro Cr...

English: Lesser Flamingos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Taken with Canon EOS with 300mm zoom lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Newborn flamingo chicks are not pink. They are born with gray or white downy feathers. Flamingos do not turn pink until they are approximately two years of age. By this time they will have fed on the crustaceans sufficiently for the beta-carotene to have built up in their bodies, turning the feathers pink.Additional factoid:  Apparently beta-carotene can be yellow, red or orange depending on chemical reactions.For More info:  http://www.ehow.com/about_6634238_do-flamingos-turn-pink_.html