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Blind 80-Year-Old Flamingo Attacked at Australian Zoo

Earlier this month I reported on a seven-year-old kid who snuck into the Alice Springs Reptile Centre in Australia after-hours and spent 30 minutes killing reptiles.

Flamingo1A similar incident has occurred, this time in Adelaide, Australia. To the left is a photo of a nearly blind flamingo believed to be about 80 years old that lives in captivity at the Adelaide Zoo. It's thought to be one of the oldest in the world.

Four teens have been charged with mauling the bird: "Police said two males aged 17 and two men aged 18 and 19 were charged with aggravated ill-treatment of an animal. They were bailed to appear in court at a later date. The flamingo was attacked yesterday afternoon and suffered beak damage, head trauma and bleeding from the left eye. The bird was sedated and taken to a local vet and his condition improved overnight. The flamingo arrived at the zoo in the 1930s and currently shares his enclosure with a Chilean flamingo that arrived in Adelaide about 1948. The pair are two of only three flamingos currently in captivity in Australia."

There were reportedly witnesses to the attack on the bird, which a spokesman for the zoo described as "tame and docile."

According to the BBC, "Police and zoo officials said the flamingo's head and beak were injured and it was bleeding from an eye. The bird, aged at least 75 years, is in a critical condition, zoo staff said...Zoo bird keeper Vaughan Wilson was quoted as saying the birds had been popular partly because they were accessible to the public. But he said the knee-high fence separating the flamingos from the crowd had always caused concern. Australian newspapers reported that the attack had caused public outrage and that radio talk shows were overwhelmed by calls."

A photo of the flamingo after the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. someone should maul their asses.....heathens!

    Posted by: scb | Oct 30, 2008 9:06:13 AM

  2. At the risk of sounding like Paul Lynde... What's wrong with these kids today?!

    Appalling. Just appalling.

    Posted by: John S. Hall | Oct 30, 2008 9:30:15 AM

  3. Throw the little fuckers in jail. They will learn soon enough what it is like to be vulnerable! Human excrement... that's all they are!!! They should be publicly shamed so any and everyone knows just who these people are!

    Posted by: CK | Oct 30, 2008 9:38:42 AM

  4. What is wrong with people??? Disgusting!

    Posted by: ATLsteve | Oct 30, 2008 9:56:24 AM

  5. four guys did this to one bird ??
    these four scumbags must have been very high on some very wicked hard drugs.
    regardless, it's been proven time and again that extreme violence to animals often graduates to extreme violence to other humans, and with that in mind these four should be locked-up for an extended and very stiff jail-time.

    Posted by: A.J. | Oct 30, 2008 10:18:51 AM

  6. Make them do a few hundred hours of community service picking up trash at the zoo (during peak hours) while wearing shirts with the after picture and the words "I am responsible for hurting the flamingo".

    They'll be begging for mercy by the end of their first day.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Oct 30, 2008 10:32:49 AM

  7. Drainage!

    Posted by: Princess Superstar | Oct 30, 2008 11:22:50 AM

  8. AggieCowboy, that's a brilliant idea! In one day, they will look exactly like the picture on their shirts. But cleaning up trash is too good for them. Make them clean the elephant and monkey cages too! Fuckin' pricks.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Oct 30, 2008 11:57:05 AM

  9. This is one of the most disgusting things that I have ever read. This sickening ideology that it is somehow funny or "macho" to cause pain, suffering, and harm to another living being (a totally defenseless being in this case) is beyond anything that should ever be accepted by a civilized society. These 4 (and the countless others who have behaved in such a way) should be cast out of society. IMO this is a crime for which there is no possible "debt" that they can ever pay to make up for what they have done. Because of this I firmly believe that nothing short of execution is sufficient to deal with anyone who could commit such acts.

    Posted by: Lars | Oct 30, 2008 11:57:59 AM

  10. The second photo is so sad.

    From a human's perspective it looks like this old proud bird who has seen so many years has had his dignity and sense of security stolen from him.

    My fellow 'humans' sadden me sometimes.

    Posted by: PAULIE IN SYD | Oct 30, 2008 8:07:22 PM

  11. Wow - this is just awful. Unfortunately animals' lives are not values as much as humans, so I doubt very little if any jail time would be done, but I'd like to see these people killed.

    Posted by: patrick | Oct 30, 2008 10:00:07 PM

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