Sunday, March 16, 2003

Think "Big, Pink Starlings"

You may have heard of the Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) that escaped from an aviary in the late 1990's and now winters on Great Salt Lake in Utah. Affectionately named "Pink Floyd," the bird will hopefully go down in history as an anecdote, unless members of the group "Friends of Floyd" have their way. According to this column in The Salt Lake Tribune, FoF seeks to introduce more Chilean flamingos to the lake (and to another lake in Montana) so that Floyd will have some companionship. Of course, the likelihood of these tropical birds becoming the next starlings is pretty small, but why displace native species? Perhaps a better solution would be to recapture Floyd and find him companionship in another zoo or aviary. You can read an older article about Floyd by clicking here.

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