Flamingo Stops Flights
A flamingo has caused chaos at Manchester Airport after wandering onto the runway, and, well, refusing to wander off it. The pink bird– nicknamed “Ringo”- was first seen stalking down Runway 2 at the UK’s third busiest airport on Sunday night, but staff couldn’t find it using their night vision cameras and so called the search off until the next day. It was spotted again on Monday but resisted staff’s attempts to catch it with nets by flying off every time – and then returning to the runway when the coast was clear.
As birds and other wildlife can pose a serious risk to aircraft, the airport took the decision to close the runway, having failed to move the bird on with a variety of common bird scaring techniques – including using a 4×4 truck, setting off flares and blasting music from the vehicle. However, oblivious to all this, Ringo decided to take off on his own time, at 12.30pm, when he felt like it. He hasn’t been seen since and local wildlife sanctuaries report no missing flamingos.