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Baby Flamingos Fear Color Pink: Identity Crisis Inevitable

By M Dee Dubroff     Jun 23, 2009 in Lifestyle
The London Zoo is the home of two baby flamingos named Little and Large. They fear the color pink which could lead to identity issues when they change that color themselves! How did this happen? Read on for some colorful details.
For baby flamingos, named Little and Large, the phobia for the color pink began when they were fed via a pink sock puppet. According to news sources, the hand-reared babies run away from the puppet and anything else at the London Zoo that is colored pink including the tray in which they splash about. Keepers have been forced to feed them using a yellow tray instead.
Staff at the zoo hope their aversion to the color they will both vividly become after they shed their grey downing feathers will soon pass as they reach maturity. Young flamingos need up to a year to turn pink. In the words of keeper, Allison Brown:
“To try to encourage Little to feed by himself we've been wearing a hand puppet which imitates adult flamingos, but unfortunately he was really terrified of the socks… We are hoping to get them used to the color before they turn pink themselves - else they will be in for a shock!...”
Large, who weighs in at a whopping 800 grams (1.76 pounds) weighs considerably more than Little, who is just 584 grams (1.29 pounds), but Ms Brown has no worries about the smaller chick. She says:
"Little just needs to learn to eat by himself and then he'll start putting on weight and get as big as Large.”
It is an odd turn of events as birds see in very different color spectrums. There is no logical reason for this aversion especially to the color the creatures will eventually become.
Dr. Freud, where are you when we need you?
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