Flamingos appear in far-flung states following hurricane

The tropical birds have been seen as far as Pennsylvania and Ohio

In the wake of Hurricane Idalia, flamingos are showing up in unlikely places—as far-flung as Pennsylvania and Ohio. Biologists believe the tropical birds were probably flying between Cuba and Mexico when high winds sent them off course to a variety of states, including Alabama, Texas, Virginia and the Carolinas.

“This is jaw-dropping how many flamingos have been seen,” Scot Duncan, executive director of Alabama Audubon, told the Washington Post.

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Header Image: A pair of flamingos made an unexpected appearance near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. Credit: Dany Sloan via iNaturalist