Child at zoo throws rock at flamingo, leading to its death: Officials

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In a statement this week, an zoo in Illinois confirmed a flamingo on exhibit had been euthanized after an incident involving a child.

According a representative of the Bloomington zoo, a student threw a rock and broke the bird’s leg. Officials believe it was an accident and are working to ensure the elementary school student learns from the experience.

“A juvenile guest accidentally injured a flamingo on Monday by skipping a rock into the habitat,” said Miller Park Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff. “Unfortunately, staff determined the best course of action given the animal’s injuries was to euthanize the bird.”