NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Audubon Zoo has its first flamingo chick in just over five years, and some patrons got to watch it hatch.

Curator of birds Carolyn Atherton says in a news release Thursday that it hatched just before closing time Wednesday in the habitat near the zoo entrance, with a crowd of viewers.

She says three more eggs could hatch soon. To keep them from getting knocked off the nests and broken, fertile eggs are put into incubators until hatching time. Meanwhile, fake eggs filled with plaster are put into the nests.

Once an egg is about to hatch, the real and fake eggs are swapped again.