Pink Floyd, an African flamingo who escaped the zoo 17 years ago, was spotted alive along the Texas coast


An African flamingo, also number 492 and now nicknamed Pink Floyd, was seen living the life of a fugitive 700 miles south of Texas along the coast. The Coastal Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife has confirmed that the African flamingo (identified by its leg band) was captured on video taken March 10 by an environmental activist near Port Lavaca, Texas at Rhodes Point in Cox’s Bay.

It’s been 17 years since Pink Floyd escaped from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas, USA.

Wildlife agency officials identified the bird’s leg stripe in the three-second video captured by David Foreman, a fishing guide. In the clip, Pink Floyd is seen strutted by a flock of seabirds, oblivious to the crashing waves.

“Looks like Pink Floyd has returned from the ‘dark side of the moon,'” the Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Team wrote in a Facebook post.

Earlier, the flamingo had been spotted numerous times interacting with other wild flamingos, according to the wildlife authority, the NY Post reported.

The bird fled the Sedgwick County Zoo in 2005 after keepers failed to clip its wings. When the bird and other flamingos arrived at Tanzania Zoo a few years earlier, zoo staff chose not to clip its wings as it would be unethical to amputate them since they were already adults. Instead, they just cut some feathers. Soon after, in 2005, numbers 492 and 397 robbed the co-op, The New York Times reported.

Zoo officials believe No. 492 traveled to the Gulf Coast, while its companion headed north. No. 392 has not been seen since August 2005. Pink Floyd, however, has been seen numerous times in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Texas.

Zoo officials never planned to retake No. 492 despite the sightings because there was no easy way to do so without disturbing other wildlife. According to a report by Dailymail UK, officials have never been able to determine the sex of No. 492. However, they estimate the bird to be 27 years old and four to five feet tall. Usually, flamingos in the wild have a life expectancy of up to 30 years.


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