Flamingo ‘Pink Floyd’ spotted in Texas 17 years after escaping Kansas zoo

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During a storm in 2005, two flamingos escaped from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, and one of them had made its way to Texas where it has been spotted several times over the years.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, Pink Floyd (No.492) was filmed wading around along the shallow coast on March 10 in Cox Bay near Port Lavaca.

Looks like Pink Floyd has returned from the ‘dark side of moon!’


Rewinding the flamingo’s life, when Pink Floyd and 39 other flamingos had arrived at the zoo from Tanzania, they were already adults and zoo keepers thought cutting their wings, as is normal procedure which keeps them from flying, would have been inhumane. Instead, they decided to clip the birds’ feathers, but in 2005 Pink Floyd and a companion managed to fly away during a strong storm.

It is not known what happened to the other flamingo, but Pink Floyd apparently headed towards the Gulf Coast and has been spotted in other states including Louisiana, Arkansas and even Wisconsin. According to KhouNews, the flamingo is no about 27-years-old and in captivity they tend to live up to 50, however in the wild average 20 to 30 years.

It is not known if the flamingo is a male or a female since before it left, zoo employees had not drawn blood to determine its sex. There are no plans to recapture the bird.

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