Flamingos in Siberia?! After taking the wrong turn, two flamingos ended up in freezing-cold Siberia, 4,350 miles away from their desired destination.
Without the luxury of GPS or an old-fashioned road map, migrating birds can also get lost, just like us. That’s exactly what happened to two flamingos who missed their turn and ended up in ice-cold Siberia.
The first one was found at the Sporyshevskoye oil field in the subarctic Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region. As per Daily Mail, Denis Islamov, production operator, explained:
“It was freezing, obviously emaciated. It was standing, but then, maybe frightened, it sat on the snow and hid its head under its wing. I took off my jacket, wrapped it up, and we took it away.”
The poor bird that allegedly took off from Kazakhstan was supposedly trying to reach Saudi Arabia to spend the winter in a warmer climate. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, instead of going south, the flamingo went north.
By the time it was rescued, the temperatures in Siberia had reached -7C°.
The other flamingo was found 1,160 miles to the east, in Yakutia – the world’s coldest permanently populated region. It was close to another famous Russian energy installation, the Chayandinskoye gas field. When rescuers found it, it was shivering and obviously famished.
Anna Litvinova, oil production director, said the flamingo had been saved by worker Sultan Magomedov who realized it was a visitor from a tropical climate. She added:
“It was weak. The bird was examined by an ecologist from Gazprom Neft Zapolyarye and concluded that it showed signs of frostbite. But after a few hours the flamingo came to its senses, and it drinks water, bathes, and is rather active.
We feed him with vegetables, seaweed, today we gave him an egg and pollock. The bird eats little by little. The flamingo responded to the name ‘Grisha’, so we named him Grisha, although we do not know his gender. “
Credits: The Siberian Times
Both groups of people who rescued the gracious birds are now asking zoo experts for help, as they cannot release the flamingos into the Siberian wild.