Zoo eggs on its flamingos to start breeding
Forget champagne and oysters - if you want to get a Chilean flamingo in the mood for romance you need to think fake eggs.
Belfast Zoo senior keeper Allan Galway says no eggs have ever been laid in the Chilean flamingo colony, which has been at the zoo since 2010.
But this breeding season, keepers decided to build some fake nests for the flock and got a local wood turner to produce some 'dummy' eggs to stimulate the flamingos' natural breeding behaviours - and it has worked.
"Almost immediately, the flamingos started to pair up and within minutes there were courtship behaviours and displays taking place at the lake. There is now a total of five (real) eggs and we expect that the flock will continue to lay over the next few weeks," he said.