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Flamingos get ‘love shack’ at Fort Worth Zoo

Five flamingos were killed in a hailstorm at the Fort Worth Zoo on March 17. The zoo has found a creative way to breed the finicky exotic birds.
Five flamingos were killed in a hailstorm at the Fort Worth Zoo on March 17. The zoo has found a creative way to breed the finicky exotic birds. Star-Telegram archives

When recent hailstorms killed five flamingos at the Fort Worth Zoo, we learned something new about just how good the zoo is at breeding these exotic birds.

For a species called the "lesser flamingo," no other zoo even comes close.

Flamingos are always a hit here, but getting them to hit on each other took years to figure out. The African lesser flamingos just weren't feeling it.

"So we decided to do something drastic and different ... and it worked," explained chief bird curator Katy Unger. “Some have termed it the ‘love shack.’” Story at WFAA.com.

Severe thunderstorms pounded Tarrant County with hail Thursday morning, covering roadways in west Fort Worth and south Arlington, busting out windshields and killing some exotic birds at the Fort Worth Zoo. (video by Jared L. Christopher - jchrist

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