Flamingo euthanized after elementary school student hits it with rock

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A flamingo at an IL zoo had to be euthanized after a child threw a rock inside its exhibit and accidentally hurt it.

Miller Park Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff said through an e-mail statement that Miller Park Zoo had no option, but to euthanize the flamingo. "Unfortunately, staff determined the best course of action given the animal's injuries was to euthanize the bird".

Pictured is a flamingo.

Miller Park Zoo said the rock broke the bird's leg and it had to be put down because of its injuries. The zoo said they hope this can be a learning experience for the child.

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While WMBD-TV identified the rock-chucker as an elementary school student, no further details about the young offender were released. The facility added that it has no future plans to change the layout of the habitat, which housed 25 flamingos prior to the incident.

Located near the entrance, the pink birds unofficially welcome visitors arriving at the zoo.

The Miller Park Zoo flamingo exhibit opened back in June 2016, with other indoor and outdoor exhibits including red pandas, lemurs, reindeer, river otters, gibbons, and red wolves, as well as a Sumatran tiger.

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