A Tanzanian flamingo that escaped from a zoo in Kansas in 2005 was noticed once again in Texas before this thirty day period. The flamingo—also known as No. 492—has been viewed periodically more than the previous 17 several years, but its very last sighting in Texas transpired a calendar year or two back, reviews the Connected Press.
“Looks like Pink Floyd has returned from the ‘dark facet of moon’!” the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Office wrote on Fb, exhibiting a video clip of the flamingo towering above some seabirds. The department gave No. 492 a nickname: “Pink Floyd,” reports The Kansas Town Star’s Kaitlyn Alanis. (Ironically, a Chilean flamingo by the exact same title escaped a zoo in Utah in 1988.)
No. 492 came to the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, in the early 2000s, along with 39 other flamingos from Tanzania.
If the birds had arrived as newborns, the zoo would have surgically eliminated component of their wings to retain them from flying away, described the New York Instances’ Daniel Victor in 2018. These flamingos arrived at three years aged, and the zoo regarded the amputation unethical for birds that age. As a substitute, zoo staff normally clip grownup flamingos’ feathers the moment a calendar year, a treatment that is equivalent to a haircut, explained Scott Newland, the curator of birds at the zoo, to the Moments.
In June 2005, two flamingos that had not however had their feathers clipped escaped. Zoo officials experimented with to strategy them, but the birds got spooked. On July 3, a storm rolled in, and the pair left Kansas. One particular flew north to Michigan and disappeared, probable perishing more than the wintertime, Newland tells the Periods. The other, No. 492, went to Texas.
In the next decades, No. 492 was noticed in Louisiana, Wisconsin and Texas. At one particular place, it even located a companion—a Caribbean flamingo that may well have appear to the U.S. from Mexico for the duration of hurricanes Rita and Katrina, documented the Linked Press in 2007.
“Even while they’re two distinctive species, they are more than enough alike that they would have been a lot more than content to see each other,” Newland advised the Periods. “They’re two lonely birds in type of a international habitat. They’re not meant to be there, so they have stayed collectively simply because there is a bond.”
The zoo hasn’t created any strategies to catch No. 492.
“There genuinely is not an easy way to recapture the chook. It would only disturb wildlife exactly where it is been found and quite possibly could do much more destruction to the chicken than just leaving him by yourself,” zoo spokeswoman Christan Baumer explained to the AP in 2007.
Just after concern from people on Facebook about invasive species, Texas Parks and Wildlife certain commenters in 2018 that the flamingo was unlikely to be a menace.
“While this flamingo is not indigenous to Texas, keep in intellect that woman flamingos can only generate about 1 egg a year,” the section wrote. “Invasive species are surely a risk to our pure ecosystems — but we aren’t truly concerned about this one!”