Dublin Zoo has achieved a breeding success with the arrival of a flamingo chick, the first to be born in Ireland.

Nobody yet knows if baby flamingo is male of female, but Director of Dublin Zoo Dr Terry Murphy is delighted to welcome the newest arrival. 

We’ve been 20 years trying to breed flamingos and this is our very first chick.

This is the first flamingo to be born in the country. Breeding flamingos is difficult, and success requires a number of factors. Flamingos need the right consistency of mud to build their nests, the correct food and the right water level.

Everything had to be perfect and correct and apparently we have succeeded this year.

Dr Murphy believes the baby flamingo has quite a good chance of survival.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 September 1978.