Johns Hopkins Invaded by Flamingos

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Photo by Will Kirk/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu
Photo by Will Kirk/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

I love how silly Johns Hopkins is getting these days. First there was that great April Fool’s Day prank; then it was the university’s president jumping rope and attempting traditional Indian dances. And now, it’s an invasion of… flamingos?

The Hopkins Hub, the best source for all things Hopkins, has a potential explanation for the hundreds of pink flamingos that manifested on Keyser Quad on Tuesday:

Homewood, it would seem, falls somewhere along the birds’ seasonal migratory path, and so they stopped by on their annual spring journey north. To, uh, Canada. Or Hampden, maybe.

Despite the large size of the flock, the flamingos remain remarkably still and quiet, likely owing to their being very tired from a long trip. Some even lie down for a rest.

But even upon very close examination, they do not flinch or flutter, which is surely an evolved defense mechanism (and a most excellent one at that—a predator could easily mistake these canny, colorful birds for run-of-the-mill lawn ornaments).

Hmm….



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