Just last December, a bird-watcher on the Gulf Coast of Texas spotted the African flamingo 650 miles from where it had escaped, confirming its origins from a band the zoo had put on its leg -- and it wasn't alone. The exotic Old World bird had apparently found a New World flamingo to be its companion.
When the birds keeper, Scott Newland, heard the news that all was well with the animal that slipped away so many years earlier, he was impressed.
"It's a testament to the adaptability of these animals," he says.
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