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    The zoo’s director of education, Ann Geiger, gathers one of the birds from a temporary enclosure for its checkup. The birds were then put back in their normal areas.

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    UC Davis veterinary resident Miranda Sadar examines a flamingo’s eye.

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    Zoo General Curator Harrison Edell releases a flamingo after it got a clean bill of health.

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Zoo takes time for flamingo checkups

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 - 2:01 pm

About 40 brightly colored birds got checkups at the Sacramento Zoo on Thursday.

UC Davis and zoo veterinary staff gave flamingos physical exams, blood checks and vaccines against the West Nile virus.

The flamingos got the West Nile vaccine because the virus can be as fatal to birds as it sometimes is to humans.

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