Escaped flamingo wanders down the street in Dudley

Even flamingoes are getting restless during the lockdown, it seems. One managed to escape its enclosure in Dudley Zoo, and was filmed taking a stroll down the street nearby. The long-legged pink bird seemed non-plussed by its adventure, walking past construction fences on a main road instead of its more natural habitat of marshland. Keepers from the zoo were on scene ‘within minutes’ and managed to return her back to captivity.

The zoo said: ‘One of our flamingos didn’t stick to the Stay Safe, Stay Home message and decided to take her daily exercise via Castle Hill! ‘Our keepers were on the scene within minutes and safely returned the flamingo back to their enclosure where she is now once again self-isolating!’ Dudley Zoo has been closed since March 22 due to coronavirus, so the bird will have plenty of peace and quiet. The zoo said in a statement: ‘During the afternoon of Tuesday 14th April the flamingos were in their outside enclosure when the weather suddenly turned blustery and a gust of wind carried one of the flock out of its enclosure.

‘Thanks to a phone call from the public, keepers quickly located the bird and following a quick health check she was returned unharmed to the rest of the flock. ‘When the flamingo was located she was on a grass lawn within the zoo grounds and it was only later that we found out that the flamingo had gone across Castle Hill road before heading home of her own accord. ‘We are pleased to confirm that the flamingo suffered no ill effects and is happily eating her breakfast this morning.’