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Flamingo Encounter in Central Pennsylvania

Recently, central Pennsylvania witnessed an unusual event – the presence of two flamingos. These elegant birds, known for their pink plumage and distinctive appearance, are not native to this region. Their appearance here is attributed to Hurricane Idalia, which seemingly displaced them from their usual habitat.

Located at Long Lane Pond in St. Thomas, Franklin County, the flamingos stood out among the local wildlife, attracting the attention of bird enthusiasts and curious onlookers. However, their journey took an unexpected twist when one of the flamingos was attacked by a snapping turtle early in the morning. Eyewitnesses reported that the snapping turtle had injured the bird’s leg and tried to drag it underwater.

A courageous bystander intervened, wading into the pond to rescue the flamingo from the turtle’s grip. Following the rescue, the injured flamingo was taken into the care of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, while the other remained at Long Lane Pond.

Flamingos are not a common sight in Pennsylvania, making this encounter unique for the region. Officials are hopeful about the injured bird’s recovery and its eventual reunion with its partner. Flamingos are known for forming lifelong pairs, and the Game Commission is committed to facilitating their return to their natural habitat together.

The future of these unexpected flamingo visitors remains uncertain, but efforts are underway to ensure their well-being and a safe return to the wild.


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