Thursday 29 September 2022 09:08 PM Flamingos hunker down in the toilets of St. Petersburg botanical garden during ... trends now
As monster storm Hurricane Ian raged across Florida causing catastrophic damages a flock of flamingos at a botanical gardens in St. Petersburg sought refuge in the restroom during the eye of the storm - a scene reminiscent of the iconic storm of 1999: Hurricane Floyd.
During Hurricane Floyd dozens of flamingos hunkered down in a bathroom at the Miami-Metro Zoo on September 16, 1999. The category 4 storm was packing winds of up to 155mph and initially was expected to pass Miami.
Nearly 21 years later, a different group of flamingos were pictured in a different restroom at a different wildlife center in Florida altogether, but the photo is nearly the same.
Sunken Gardens, the four-acre historical botanical gardens located in St. Petersburg, posted an image of the flamingos standing in front of the bathroom stalls appearing unfazed by the devastation happening outdoors as Hurricane Ian pounded Florida's west coast.
'The flamingos are having quite the hurricane party; eating, drinking, and dancing while the Brazilian red-footed tortoises love to snuggle on their way to larger indoor accommodations,' the post reads, in part.
The photo shows the pack of flamingos standing in front of the bathroom stalls at Sunken Gardens appearing unfazed by the devastation happening outdoors. The post was sent out informing all those concerned about the animals
Flamingos take refuge in a bathroom at Miami-Metro Zoo during Hurricane Floyd. The category 4 storm hit September 14, 1999 with dangerous tropical-storm force winds. Floyd, which was expected to miss Miami, was a massive storm packing 155 mph winds
A staff person at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida smiles as she is seen carrying one of the flamingos to a safe place
The tortoises were being collected and cared for by Sunken Meadows staffers before Hurricane Ian hit landfill
A dog rescued by an officer from the Orange County Sheriff's office during Hurricane Ian
The flamingos weren't the only creatures being monitored at St. Petersburg's oldest living zoo - the tortoises and other exotic birds - also sought refuge and were safe.