World’s oldest flamingo dies, aged 83

2014-01-31 11:52

Sydney – Staff at Adelaide Zoo were in mourning today after the world’s oldest flamingo, and their oldest resident, died at the age of 83.

The flamingo, known as Greater after his species, was put to sleep yesterday due to complications associated with old age. He arrived at the zoo in 1933.

Greater is survived by long-term friend Chilly – a Chilean flamingo – who is in his 60s and will be monitored to see how he reacts to the death.

“Greater is best known for being the world’s oldest flamingo and the last greater flamingo to have resided in Australia,” Zoos South Australia chief executive Elaine Bensted said.

“Although this is an extremely sad loss for us all, it was the right thing to do.

“There was no additional medical treatment that would have improved Greater’s quality of life.”

Zoo staff said records showed that another flamingo was still alive at the age of 67, and is believed to be in a South American zoo. No bird in the wild would live for so long because of predators and lack of medical attention.

Although flamingos can live for decades in captivity, they only have a lifespan of about 25 years in the wild.

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