A Salt Lake City flamingo named Pink Floyd escaped in 1987 and now lives a lonely life in the Utah wilderness!
Flamingos are warm weather birds. They hail from places like Chile, Florida and Peru. However, at least one of them has proven his survival skills in colder climates. In 1988, a flamingo named Pink Floyd escaped from the Salt Lake City zoo. His wings weren't clipped, unlike most birds in captivity, so he was able to fly away.
Instead of heading south, Pink Floyd decided to make a home on the shores of the Great Salt Lake during the winter. In the summer, he sometimes heads to the Lima Reservoir and Camas NWR near the Idaho-Montana border. He has been spotted by numerous people who are often incredulous enough to snap photos of him.
What does a newly freed flamingo need to survive? Companionship for one thing. Pink Floyd has been seen hanging around with gulls and Tundra swans. He also needs food and has survived on brine shrimp that live in the Great Salt Lake.