By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 18, 2014
You’ve heard of the challenges of herding cats, but what about flamingos?
Workers at Zoo Miami found out that can be just as challenging as they were tasked on Thursday afternoon with rounding up 38 Caribbean flamingos so the birds’ longtime Flamingo Lake exhibit could be closed for renovations.
Zoo workers got in the water with the beautiful birds, and literally herded them toward shore, catching a few stragglers and attempted escapees by hand. Watch them in action in the video above.
According to CBS Miami, the zoo is “rebuilding the front entrance area, and the construction of the new entry requires the flamingos to be moved.” They will be re-located to “a secluded area in the zoo’s Conservation and Breeding Center for 14 months or so.
“A team from the Animal Science department worked closely with staff veterinarians to capture and restrain each of the flamingos so that they can be individually examined and then taken to the off-exhibit area of the zoo” until their new exhibit is built, according to CBS Miami.
Here’s a fun fact from the zoo’s web site: “During 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, the flamingoes were placed in one of the zoo’s bathrooms, where they safely huddled and survived the hurricane’s devastation.”