Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that in addition to the portrayal of the flamingos' inspiring way of life in a challenging environment, there are potentially frightening and sad scenes that show the predatory nature of the birds' enemies (storks, mongeese, etc.). In three separate sequences baby chicks are stalked, chased, and killed. On other occasions, the terrain itself victimizes the young birds and some are left behind to die. This is not a light-hearted or humorous look at one of nature's creatures, but a serious, earnest study that patient kids interested in nature will enjoy.
One very brief scene shows male and female flamingos mating.
Predators kill and carry off several flamingo chicks. A number of the youngest birds do not survive the harsh realities of their environment. They are trapped and/or encumbered by the thick salt of the terrain.
A close study of nature reveals mysteries, miracles, and beauty. Though some realities of the natural world are harsh, an overwhelming number of creatures are able survive, thrive, and reproduce, even in nearly uninhabitable environments.
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