This is old news now, but possibly still interesting:
Probably everyone knows that a week or so ago (this was written some years ago now), one of the Adelaide Zoo flamingos was bashed in broad daylight by a group of young men, probably stoned and/or high, who must have stepped across the low hedge into his enclosure, and beaten him with something or other, causing damage to his beak and stunning him.
This flamingo is at least 70 years old, he came to our Zoo before anyone really kept proper records. In fact, the keepers don’t even know if it’s a male or a female, but as they say, at this point, who cares? He stands within arm’s reach, just inside his little hedge, and anyone can get up very close, and consequently take photos as good as one’s talent allows!
He was nursed back to some semblance of health, but apparently he’s rather quiet and not eating as much as usual. He’s blind, and lives with another (Chilean) flamingo who’s deaf. They’re called the Grumpy Old Men.
Everyone who has read about this very sad story is wishing him a good recovery – but we would have to admit, at his/her advanced age, the prognosis is probably not good.
I feel as though an elderly friend of mine has been bashed in a safe and secure nursing home – it has taken away some of my baseline trust about how people normally (and should) act.
Update 2012: This flamingo is back to rude health, as far as his age will allow, and has returned to standing close to his hedge and being worshipped by onlookers. He seems to sleep a lot!
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