today i learned – sat 5th jan 2019

feels like we’ve had a lot of animal facts recently 🤔 how about another? 😏

#tdil the reason why flamingos are pink!

i feel like this is one of those questions that no one asks or searches for unless they’re at a zoo … so, if you are, hi 🙂 hope you’re enjoying your day … go look at the reptiles, they’re the best 😬🐊

flamingos actually start out life with grey feathers 👽 it isn’t until they start stuffing their faces that they gain there glorious pink hue.

that’s because (in the wild) their diet of brine shrimp 🦐 and blue-green algae 🌿 contains a natural dye called canthaxanthin.

in captivity, flamingos often lose their pinky goodness ☹️ so they tend to have synthetic canthaxanthin put in their food … wonder what’s in that? 🤔

lates ✌🏻 #tdil

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love random little animal facts 🙂 they’re great! if you feel like learning more stuff, simply go ->here<-

(today’s lovely pinky images can be found ->here<- and ->here<-)

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