Two engineers attached to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) on Wednesday December 2, 2015 rescued a stranded flamingo from the Essequibo River. According to their statements, the engineers were conducting routine field visits in west Hogg Island and noticed an object in the river between Hogg Island and Liberty Island. Upon further investigation they discovered that it was a flamingo.
They then carefully retrieved the animal since it appeared to be unable to fly due to heavy rain fall in the area at the time. “We noticed something in the water and decided to turn back and found out that it was a flamingo so we decided to save it because it was unable to fly because of the weather” Engineer Rudolph Persaud explained. Another engineer that was a part of the team that rescued the animal recalled embracing the bird as they brought it onto the boat.
The team saw it best to donate the bird to the Guyana Zoological Park so that it can be cared for and seen by the Guyanese public. The management of the park applauded the NDIA engineers for the rescue and safe delivery of the animal and noted that this was the first time they would have one of these birds in their care since the Zoo was opened in 1952.
The animal is currently being housed at the zoo and facilities are currently being prepared to safely house the bird. The engineers also plan on having follow up visits to check up on the animal’s housing condition and care in the future.