Bob the flamingo is an atypical suggest for conservation. He’s a metre top, red and can not discuss. But he’s a TV superstar in his native land – Curaçao within the southern Caribbean – the place he performs an element in highlighting the significance of defending flora and fauna.
This can be a outstanding luck tale for a flamingo and can succeed in even better heights this week when his tale is featured in a sequence of hanging photographs which can be to be displayed on the Flora and fauna Photographer of the Yr awards on the Herbal Historical past Museum in London.
The pictures of Bob have been taken via Jasper Doest, who’s based totally in Curaçao, and display Bob within the TV studio and at colleges, the place he’s additionally utilized by conservationists to display the significance of the island’s local species. Those photographs have earned Doest a commendation within the award’s photojournalist tale class.
“Bob got here to our consideration when he flew right into a resort window and knocked himself out,” Doest informed the Observer. The subconscious wading hen used to be taken to Odette Doest, Jasper’s cousin and an area vet, who runs a flora and fauna rehabilitation centre, the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs.
“Bob recovered from his head damage and we found out he have been stored at an area aquarium the place he had spent a very long time strolling on concrete flooring,” stated Doest. “He had evolved bumblefoot – an excessively painful situation that reasons lesions and growths to increase below a hen’s ft. Generally we’d have attempted to go back him to the wild, to the native salt apartments the place there’s a colony of a number of hundred flamingos, however his situation supposed that shall we no longer do this.”
So Bob moved into Odette’s house, which he now stocks with a macaw, 9 cats and 10 canines, in addition to Odette and her son. When she treats different injured animals in her surgical procedure, Bob comes too, and is credited via her as having a relaxing affect.
Now not lengthy after Bob moved in, Odette used to be invited on a TV morning talkshow. She requested if she may just convey a flamingo. “The manufacturers assumed she supposed a plastic one,” stated Doest. “They have been a bit of stunned to look Bob within the flesh. On the other hand, some of the presenters presented herself, and it wasn’t lengthy ahead of Bob had established himself within the studio. He has turn out to be a normal at the display and is usually rather well behaved – except for the occasional losing – and is now widely recognized throughout Curaçao.”
Bob has additionally turn out to be an envoy for Odette’s charity and is pushed to quite a lot of occasions – whilst sitting on her lap as she drives. “He’s simply extremely helpful when you wish to have to inform kids concerning the risks posed to flora and fauna via plastic within the sea or different threats. Having an actual flora and fauna with you if you end up doing that makes your message the entire extra robust.”