This yr marks the forty fifth anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Animals and the seventeenth anniversary of a really special occasion for an animal named Pink Floyd. Floyd, an African flamingo, escaped from a Kansas zoo in 2005, and was simply noticed blissful and wholesome within the balmy waters of Cox Bay, Texas within the Gulf of Mexico.
“Appears to be like like Pink Floyd has returned from the ‘darkish facet the of moon,’” the Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries posted on Fb, alongside a video of the avian celeb strutting his stuff subsequent to some seagulls. This superb feathered Floyd has sometimes been noticed frequenting Texas seashores, and every resurfacing is met with a celebration for the previous zoo denizen who refused to be one other beak within the wall.
In response to The New York Instances, Pink Floyd, additionally recognized as No. 492, was a part of a flock of flamingos that in 2003 was shipped from Tanzania to the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. It’s widespread for younger birds to obtain a partial wing amputation to maintain them from making an attempt an escape. However whereas the process is painless in child birds, it may be traumatizing for adults, and so zookeepers made the choice to periodically clip the flamingos’ wings. Then they forgot.
So in 2005, Pink Floyd and his flock mate No. 347 made a break for it. They hung round a Wichita drainage canal for some time, eluding each try and recapture them. Lastly, on July 4th, 2005, an enormous storm brought about them to take flight. 347 headed north, the place it was noticed as soon as in Michigan after which by no means once more. However 492 made the wise resolution to fly 700 miles south all the best way to Texas, the place the equatorial chook could be well-equipped to move the winter.
Pink Floyd is considered about 27 years outdated and appears destined to reside out the rest of his years in blissful freedom. “There actually isn’t a simple strategy to recapture the chook,” a spokesperson for the Wichita Zoo informed the Related Press in 2007. “It might solely disturb wildlife the place it’s been discovered and presumably may do extra harm to the chook than simply leaving him alone.”
As for the band named Pink Floyd, in December they shock launched a dozen Nineteen Seventies reside albums. And but a full band reunion stays farther away than the 700 miles between Wichita and Cox Bay; Nick Mason even just lately likened Roger Waters to Stalin. However the members did come collectively lengthy sufficient to pull their music from streaming companies in Russia to protest the invasion of Ukraine.