A cute "glowing ember"...

Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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This cute “glowing ember” is (a few days old, I think) juvenile coot.

This species builds a nest of dead reeds and grasses near the water’s edge or on underwater obstacles protruding from the water, laying up to 10 eggs, though usually only 3 survive because of the parents brutal behaviour.

Coots can be very brutal to their own young under pressure such as the lack of food. They will bite young that are begging for food and repeatedly do this until it stops begging and starves to death. But if the begging keeps going, then they may even bite so hard that the chick is killed. (Wikipedia)

I guess this chick will survive, since s/he lives in captivity, in San Diego Wildlife Park, where food should be abundant…

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