Zoo Euthanizes Flamingo After Kid Throws Rock Into Exhibit, Hurting Its Leg

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Zoo officials in Illinois euthanized a flamingo after a kid injured the animal by throwing a rock into the exhibit Monday.

“A juvenile guest accidentally injured a flamingo on Monday by skipping a rock into the habitat,” Miller Park Zoo Director Jay Tetzloff said to The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement Wednesday. “Unfortunately, staff determined the best course of action given the animal’s injuries was to euthanize the bird.”

Pictured is a flamingo. SHUTTERSTOCK/ MasterPhoto

Pictured is a flamingo. SHUTTERSTOCK/ MasterPhoto

The flamingo’s leg was reportedly broken by the rock, the Pantagraph reported. (RELATED: 600-Pound Alligator Euthanized After Busting Through Florida Home’s Fence)

“This was a truly unfortunate accident, and we are working with the juvenile’s family to move forward,” Tetzloff continued.

The Miller Park flamingo exhibit opened in June 2016 and showcases more than 20 greater flamingos, the tallest of the six species, according to CBS News. The birds can be found in Africa and the Mediterranean areas.

Miller Park Zoo is located in Bloomington, Illinois.

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