Despite Death of Four Flamingos; Hope Hatches for the Abilene Zoo

By Kimberly Sears |

Published 06/14 2014 10:50PM

Updated 06/14 2014 11:12PM

The Abilene Zoo is home to more than 900 animals, but during the hailstorm they lost four flamingos due to the hail.

With the large size of the hail the four flamingos that died endured head injuries, while others had injuries to their lower extremities.

One flamingo is in critical condition as of right now, but the veterinarian at the zoo says it looks like she will pull through.

The veterinarian said that usually the flamingos will seek shelter if the weather is bad enough, however with it being nesting season they did not want to leave their eggs behind.

The community was sadden to hear about four flamingos dying, but sometime during the night one baby flamingo hatched.

Some of the zoo keepers are thinking about naming it Phoenix, since it raises from the ashes.

The zoo director is not surprised by the community outreach to the flamingos. Bill Gersonde says, that people get really attached the animals and expect to see them when they come to the zoo.

Not only was it hard for the community but also for the zoo staff to say goodbye to these four flamingos.

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