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Pink Flamingo Spotted On San Francisco Bay Near San Jose

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A pink flamingo has been seen near the south end of San Francisco Bay. (Bilalphotos.com via KPIX)

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — A pink flamingo is making waves in the San Francisco Bay, thousands of miles from its typical tropical home.

In the past month, along with the usual herons, egrets and ducks, the flamingo has been spotted by many hikers and bird watchers in the south end of the bay near San Jose.

It’s not-at-all clear where the bird came from, though a flamingo that could’ve been the same one was sighted further north in the bay earlier this year.

It’s a lesser flamingo, the smallest of the world’s species, usually found in Africa. The algae and shrimp it eats are plentiful in the bay.

None of the area’s zoos are missing a flamingo, and the bird is most likely an escaped pet.

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