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September 4, 2018

DETROIT ZOO-FLAMINGO CHICKS

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Flamingo families are growing at the Detroit Zoo.

Zoo officials say five flamingo chicks have hatched in recent weeks. They’re being guarded by their parents in the African bird habitat, not far from great apes.

The zoo’s chief life sciences officer, Scott Carter, says it’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see chicks getting plenty of attention from their parents. He says they’ll grow into tall, pink flamingos.

The zoo in Royal Oak now has 59 greater flamingos and 21 Chilean flamingos.

The Chilean flamingo is listed by the International Union for Conservation as “near threatened.” The greater flamingo is listed as “least concern.”

BIRDERS FLOCKING

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A rare bird sighting in northeastern Kansas is drawing birders to the capital to catch a glimpse. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that birders first spotted a swallow-tailed kite last week in Topeka.

The newspaper reports that birders from across the state have traveled to the Cedar Crest governor’s mansion and Kaw River State Park to see the bird. The predatory bird has a white head and distinctive forked tail.

LITERALLY PUNISHED

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — People caught littering in one New Orleans-area parish will have to pay in time as well as money, by picking up trash left by others.

The Hammond Star reports that a first offense will bring a $75 fine plus 12 hours of community service in a litter abatement program, with a $500 fine and 24 hours picking up litter for a second offense. The Tangipahoa Parish Council changed the ordinance Monday.

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