Fla Meeengos

When I was four my parents took my brothers and I to the zoo. My mom told me when I saw the pink flamingos for the first time I got all excited and said, “Look Mama! Fla Meeeengos!”

I learned in Biology flamingos are only pink at zoos. The food they are given changes the pigment of their feathers. It dyes them pink from within. That is why you will never see a pink flamingo in the wild. I asked why they would keep feeding them that food when it caused such an unnatural reaction (I was actually angry about it). My teacher said, “Someone saw what it did and thought it was a good idea to keep on doing it, because no one wants to look at boring white flamingos at the zoo.” And I thought, “Yeah, that’s true.”

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