4 flamingos, crane die at Abilene Zoo as result of hailstorm


ABILENE, Texas - Four flamingos have died – and fifth one may die – at the Abilene Zoo as a result of Thursday's hailstorm that pelted Abilene.

Three of the flamingos were killed immediately and a fourth died later, a zoo official said Friday.

Also lost during the storm was a crane, said Kelly Thompson, the zoo's marketing director.

On a more positive note, a baby flamingo was born right after the storm, Thompson said.

According to Thompson, the storm came fast – at a time when the flamingos are nesting and zoo leaders didn't want to leave the eggs exposed. That's why the flamingos weren't immediately put into the shelter, Thompson said.