In Bloomington, Illinois, a flamingo had to be euthanized after an elementary school student threw a rock into the exhibit and broke the flamingo’s leg.
According to the Pantagraph, a representative from the Miller Park Zoo, the child skipped the rock into the flamingo’s habitat and injured the bird by accident. The zoo is working with the student’s parents to make the “unfortunate accident” a learning experience.
Miller Park Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff stated the zoo had no choice but to put the bird down.
“Unfortunately, staff determined the best course of action given the animal’s injuries was to euthanize the bird.”
The zoo had 25 flamingos prior to this accident. Their habitat is located near the zoo’s entrance making the birds the unofficial greeters as guests enter.
Rest in peace innocent one. We are sorry humans let you down.
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