A Quick-Thinking Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Saved Rare Flamingo Eggs in Flight

by Anthony Losanno
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Flamingos are one of my favorite birds. They’re a must see when I’m in Las Vegas and I’ve built quite a collection of flamingo kitsch in my Florida place through the years. A zoo official was transporting some rare flamingo eggs between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) when the incubator broke. Luckily, a resourceful flight attendant was able to save the day.

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Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Amber grabbed some rubber gloves and filled them with warm water. She brought them to the zoo official who wrapped them around the eggs, to keep them warm. Nearby passengers also offered their coats and scarves for extra insulation.

The eggs made it safely to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and all six hatched into baby flamingos. A few months later, the flight attendant was reunited with the babies she saved when she went to the zoo with her granddaughter and got to see them up close. The juvenile flamingos are grey and will turn pink when they reach adulthood. The six Chilean flamingos are the first of the species to hatch at the zoo since 2016 (the flamingo flock currently numbers 49).

A spokesperson from the Woodland Park Zoo said:

We are forever grateful for the heroic measures Amber took to help keep our precious flamingo eggs warm and viable. This means the world to our zoo family. They would have been lost if you hadn’t gone above and beyond for us.”

Anthony’s Take: I’m glad this worked out and the flamingos survived. Many flight attendants say they’ve seen it all, but I wonder how many have had to create a makeshift incubator.

(Image Credits: Alaska Airlines.)

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