Thursday, March 17, 2016

Escaped flamingo running through traffic corralled by police officers

Officer Jose Romero from Hialeah police in Florida was on routine patrol when he spotted a flamingo running through traffic. He gave chase, but not before calling for back-up.

The flamingo “lost its way and ended up dodging traffic,” said Hialeah police spokesman Sgt. Carl Zogby, who said the flamingo escaped from Hialeah Park, where there is a colony of the pink tropical birds. “It took three officers to corral it.”

The flighty flamingo ended up in the intersection of East Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street at about 8:30pm on Sunday. With the help of a traffic vest, covering the flamingo’s eyes to calm him down, Zogby said, the officers rounded up the scared bird.

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After the ordeal, the flamingo was loaded in the back seat of a patrol car for a ride home. “We were just lucky it didn't get hurt," Zogby said. “He was in the middle of traffic in Hialeah, poor guy.”

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