A representative from the zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, said the rock broke the flamingo's leg and also caused a few other injuries, and so it left them with no other choice but to be put down.
We visit zoos to see different species of animals from across the world because not all of us have the money to travel far and wide to see them in their natural habitat. One thing all zoos around the world have in common is that they all warn patrons not to ruffle any feather when they're outside the animal's enclosure. People, especially children, get excited when they see animals and they try to get their attention. So they knock on the glass repeatedly, shout out, do a very poor imitation of their call, and just about anything that would help them get the animal's attention.
Then there's this: an elementary school kid threw a rock inside a flamingo's enclosure in Miller Park Zoo and it had to be euthanized because of it. A representative from the zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, said the rock broke the flamingo's leg and also caused a few other injuries, and so it left them with no other choice but to be put down. According to WMDB, the zoo is talking to the student and their family, hoping this is a learning experience for them.
The greater flamingo exhibition opened in 2016 at the zoo, according to the city Bloomington. The University Of Michigan states that 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. They're often hunted across the Middle East and Africa and their eggs are often captured and sold for profit.
The average age of a flamingo can last anywhere between 30-60 years, especially for those in captivity. People have been quite upset about the incident, but they are unsure about who they should put the blame on. Do they blame the kid for committing such an act, or the parents, for not raising their kids right? Melinda Brown commented: Tell me again that children need to be brought up properly. This child should receive counseling for the next 10 years.
Mary Tolladay added: Another child seemingly dragged up...not taught to respect animals. The parents need to be fined as a warning to other misfits who seem incapable of teaching children how to behave. Naoko Grace Nakamura chimed in: Yeah but tell me how the child has never learned compassion? If parents cannot raise children right, don’t have them. Amanda Harvey wrote: Many children learn this aggressive behavior from their parents. Sadly this is becoming more and more common.
Sheila Daniel commented: Horrible and why didn’t their parents stop them? Donna Drabek added: And the parents need to parent their kid. What happened to teaching and living The Golden Rule? Susan Pennington Hammersley said: Disgusting. Zoos are hideous. Captivity is brutal. Debrah Huber strongly said: They do not. They need to be taken to slaughterhouses and jails for humans. They need to see the garbage and depredation we will leave this planet a wreck.