Flamingo euthanized after elementary school student hits it with rock

23 Mai, 2019, 04:16 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Flamingos have been known to live up to 50 years or longer in captivity

Zoo officials in IL euthanized a flamingo after a kid injured the animal by throwing a rock into the exhibit Monday.

The child was skipping rocks into the bird's habitat on Tuesday NZT when a stone struck the animal, Jay Tetzloff, the director at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, said in an email.

The zoo said it is working with the child's family to make this is a learning experience for the future.

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The Miller Park Zoo flamingo exhibit opened back in June 2016, with other indoor and outdoor exhibits including red pandas, lemurs, reindeer, river otters, gibbons, and red wolves, as well as a Sumatran tiger.

Local newspaper Pantagraph reported the rock broke the bird's leg. The zoo keeps about 25 flamingos at the exhibit, CentralIllinoisProud.com reported. But Tetzloff said zoo officials are not changing the layout despite what occurred, he told The Pantagraph.

According to the University of MI, greater flamingos are found in the Middle East in countries like Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan, as well as in areas across west Africa, South America and throughout Europe.

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