Flamingos are often seen in front yards as plastic yard ornaments, and double as stir sticks in fancy lounge drinks.

Flamingos appear on women’s T shirts, art posters, golf shirts and pendants.

This evening, the Albuquerque zoo is hosting a music concert. Surrounding the stage, families and friends have spread umbrellas, blankets, folding chairs and wait for their Ryan McGarvey, a local boy made good, sing and play his electric guitar. Newspaper stories say Ryan has played with the British rock and blues legend Eric Clapton.

Flamingos at the zoo, this evening, can’t be charged with not sticking their necks out.

Tonight’s concert will sound, to them, like the bellowing of hippos and their tall graceful necks will move to the music like a conductor’s baton.

They could fly home if they hadn’t forgotten they can fly.

















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