This cute little chick struggles up, staggers, falls back down, and gets back up again! At which point it’s time for an indifferent world (in the form of a parent flamingo) to crush him back into the dirt. It’s tragic and yet adorable.

It’s rare to see a newly hatched flamingo on a nest for two reasons. Flamingos aren’t the easiest birds to breed in captivity - they need a lot of rain - and when they do breed, their chicks don’t spend a lot of time on the nest. This chick has to be only a few days old. After a week, it will be allowed to wander around and explore.

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After two weeks, it’s going to be sent out into the world. Its parents will keep feeding it until it’s three months old, but it will live with an increasingly large creche of other chicks. Once it’s three months old, it will be on its own until it’s about two years old, finally pinking up, and mature enough to alternately crush and abandon its own chick.

[Source: Wildlife Conservation Society]

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