Alaska Airlines flight attendant Amber May was preparing for takeoff when a passenger’s call light came on. The passenger was a zoo employee who was transporting six Chilean flamingo eggs from Zoo Atlanta to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle as part of a Species Survival Plan breeding program. She had to keep the eggs warm during the flight but her portable incubator had stopped working. May grabbed several pairs of rubber gloves, filled them with warm water and tied them up like balloons, creating a nest for the eggs, and neighboring passengers offered jackets, sweaters and scarves to wrap around the incubator. Four females and two males hatched in September, the first Chilean flamingos to hatch at the zoo since 2016.

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