Flamingo At Illinois Zoo Was Put Down Because He Was Badly Injured By A Child

Miller Park Zoo authorities decided to Euthanize the flamingo after its leg was broken. Officials have spoken to the kid's parents about the incident
A flamingo had to be euthanized after a school kid threw a rock at the bird in Illinois zoo, officials confirmed in a report by CNN. The elementary school kid was found throwing rocks inside the exotic bird’s exhibit at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. One of the rocks hit a flamingo’s leg and broke the bird’s leg. The Flamingo was hurt severely and the zoo officials decided that the best course of action was to euthanize the bird.
Flamingo At Illinois Zoo Was Put Down Because He Was Badly Injured By A Child

"A juvenile guest accidentally injured a flamingo on Monday by skipping a rock into the habitat. Unfortunately, staff determined the best course of action given the animal’s injuries was to euthanize the bird,” said Miller Park Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff, as per a report by The Pantagraph.
A zoo official confirmed it had spoken to the young student’s parents about the incident and hoped they would convey to the kid the consequences of his actions. “This was a truly unfortunate accident, and we are working with the juvenile’s family to move forward,” said Jay Tetzloff. The flamingo exhibit is located by the entrance of the zoo.
Flamingo At Illinois Zoo Was Put Down Because He Was Badly Injured By A Child

The zoo officials confirmed it was not planning to change the layout of the zoo after what transpired. At the time of the opening, Tetzloff had said it was his idea to have flamingos welcome the crowd as the Flamingo exhibit was one of the main draws of the Miller Park Zoo, “I never liked zoos where you walk in and never see an animal. This is a zoo. You need to see an animal when you walk in. The fact that these guys (Flamingos) are going to greet you when you first walk in, that's exactly what I wanted."

Rose Marie Pitagno, a Facebook user ranted on the Zoo's official page about the incident: Where are the parents when their kids are throwing rocks at these beautiful flamingos now one had to be put down. I think the animals are on the wrong side of the fences.

In 2017, a 19-year-old man Julian Antonio Marquez was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he threw a rock and hit a flamingo at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay Times reported. The flamingo fell to the ground initially but wasn’t seriously injured and continue walking without much distress.

The flamingo exhibit at the zoo was opened in June 2016 with 25 birds along with many other exotic animal exhibits such as reindeer, river otters, gibbons, red pandas, lemurs, and red wolves, as well as a Sumatran tiger, according to its website. The zoo initially planned to acquire close to 35 flamingos but cut down the number on account of lack of funds.
Flamingo At Illinois Zoo Was Put Down Because He Was Badly Injured By A Child

The whole project for acquiring the flamingos was achieved via a public-private partnership that saw a half of the amount paid for by private sources. Bloomington City funded $150,000 while the Miller Park Zoological Society provided $100,000, reports Phantagraph. The Miller Park Zoo is administered by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Bloomington.[

The Miller Park at Bloomington, Illinois became a zoo around 1900 when a circus lion cub was found on a farm in the area.
Flamingo At Illinois Zoo Was Put Down Because He Was Badly Injured By A Child

A flamingo on an average lives up to 30 years and in captivity, live up to 60 years. The greater flamingo is often found in Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and in southern Europe. Flamingos are often hunted in the Middle East and Africa. A group of flamingos is called a ‘colony’. Flamingos thrive on the extensive mudflats where they are known to breed and feed. As per a report by National Geographic, flamingos abstain from breeding if food and water resources are scarce. The great flamingo is pink in color but are usually born gray and white and don’t turn pink until two years old.