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Hialeah Park flamingo gets lost — and lands in Hialeah traffic

Hialeah police officer wrangles lost flamingo running through traffic

A Hialeah police officer gave chase to a flamingo running through traffic Monday. Hialeah Police Officer Jose Romero spotted the pink tropical bird, which had escaped from its colony at Hialeah Park, and gave chase. It took three officers to save
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A Hialeah police officer gave chase to a flamingo running through traffic Monday. Hialeah Police Officer Jose Romero spotted the pink tropical bird, which had escaped from its colony at Hialeah Park, and gave chase. It took three officers to save

Hialeah police Officer Jose Romero was on routine patrol when he spotted something out of the ordinary — a flamingo running through traffic.

He gave chase, of course — but not before calling for backup.

The flamingo “lost its way and ended up dodging traffic,” said Hialeah police spokesman Sgt. Carl Zogby, who said the flamingo escaped Hialeah Park, where there is a colony of the pink tropical birds. “It took three officers to corral it.”

The flighty flamingo ended up in the intersection of East Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. With the help of a traffic vest — covering the flamingo’s eyes to calm him down, Zogby said — the officers rounded up the scared bird.

After the ordeal, the flamingo was loaded in the back seat of a patrol car for a ride home.

“We were just lucky it didn't get hurt," Zogby said. “He was in the middle of traffic in Hialeah, poor guy.”

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