A FLAMINGO that 17 years ago, who escaped from a Kansas zoo during a storm, was spotted on the Texas coast.
Wildlife officials said the bird – known as No. 492 because of the number on its leg band – was captured on video shot on March 10.
It was one of two flamingos that escaped from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita on a stormy night in June 2005.
The African flamingo – dubbed Pink Floyd – has been sighted by an environmental activist near Port Lavaca, Texas at Rhodes Point in Cox Bay.
Officers were able to see the bird’s leg band on the video.
Coastal Fisheries Texas Parks and Wildlife wrote, “Looks like Pink Floyd has returned from the ‘dark side of the moon!'”
“Sighted at Rhodes Point in Cox Bay near Port Lavaca by David Foreman on March 10,” they added.
One Facebook user replied: “He’s living his best life out there! Go Pink Go!”
Another added: “I love him and I love that he got away and is living his best life!”
foreman tells The guard: “I was expecting to see a bunch of white pelicans from the east coast coming here for the winter.”
Employees at the Sedgwick County Zoo had not yet clipped the birds’ wings to prevent them from flying, which facilitated their escape.
While the other flamingo was never seen again, No. 492 has been sighted several times in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Texas, sometimes with other wild flamingos.
Officials said it had been a year or two since the bird was last seen in Texas.
Zoo officials have never made plans to recapture #492, despite the sightings, and say there’s no easy way to do it without disturbing other wildlife.
The escaped flamingos, known for their distinctive pink feathers and long legs and necks, were born in Africa and shipped to the Kansas Zoo in 2004 with 39 other flamingos.
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