Zoo euthanizes flamingo hit by rock thrown by child

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Flamingoes stand in their enclosure during the ZSL London Zoo’s annual stocktake of animals on January 5, 2015 in London, England. The zoo’s annual stocktake requires keepers to check on the numbers of every one of the 800 different animal species, including every invertebrate, bird, fish, mammal, reptile, and amphibian. […]

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials at a zoo in Illinois had to euthanize a flamingo after it was struck by a rock thrown by a child.

Director Jay Tetzloff told The Pantagraph in an email that a juvenile guest accidentally injured the bird on Monday by “skipping a rock into the habitat” at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.

Tetzloff says the rock broke the flamingo leg, and the staff determined the best course of action was to euthanize the bird.

Tetzloff says the zoo is working with the child’s family “to move forward.”

He says the zoo sees no need to change the layout.

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