2 months ago
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Does anyone know why flamingos are pink?
Aren't they sweet? I love them. People make fun of them, but they are just birds, ungainly and funky looking with long legs that look like sticks, backward beaks with which they gather their food from the water... but it is their color which makes them so unique.
In fact, they gain their color from their diet of pink brine shrimps, which are high in alpha and beta-carotene. People eat beta-carotene when they eat carrots. At zoos, or if left to eat food without the pigment, the flamingos would be white. Not so striking.
They look like they are in love - nice pose :-)