A flamingo that escaped a zoo in Wichita, Kansas fourteen years ago during a storm with strong winds has been spotted in Texas. The flamingo escaped from the zoo before its wings were clipped but after it had been outfitted with a leg band branding the bird No. 492. It headed south toward the Gulf Coast and has been spotted over the years numerous times in Texas as well as in Louisiana and Wisconsin.
A wildlife photographer on the Texas coast most recently spotted the flamingo. The bird had been spotted in the same area last year. A spokesperson from the zoo told the Associated Press in 2007 that there are no plans to try to recapture the bird.