Illinois zoo euthanizes flamingo after guest accidentally injures it, official says

Illinois zoo euthanizes flamingo after guest accidentally injures it, official says

Pink flamingo. File photo. (Photo: SeaReeds/Pixabay)

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A flamingo at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, was euthanized after it was struck by a rock, WMBD reported. Its leg was broken in the incident.

"A juvenile guest accidentally injured a flamingo on Monday by skipping a rock into the habitat," Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff said in a statement to The Pantagraph. "Unfortunately, staff determined the best course of action given the animal's injuries was to euthanize the bird."

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The Pantagraph reported that the flamingos are located at the front of the zoo by the entrance. Before the death of the injured bird, there were 25 flamingos in the exhibit.

“This was a truly unfortunate accident, and we are working with the juvenile's family to move forward,” Tetzloff said.

The zoo opened the flamingos exhibit in June 2016.