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More than 1,000 fearless flamingos have arrived in the war-torn area of Ukraine.


Some visitors who fly to Ukraine do not bring death and destruction.

This past weekend, over 1,000 pink flamingos were spotted at Tuzlivski Lymany, a scenic national park located on the coast of the Black Sea.

The country has recently experienced a shift in tone, with vibrant colors replacing the dark reality of the past 18 months. During this time, the country has been under threat of Russian missiles, bombs, and killer drones, as Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his full-scale invasion, which shows no signs of slowing down as winter approaches.

According to our scientist, 1,114 pink flamingos have arrived. This is the highest number of these birds ever recorded in the Park by scientists. Most of them are mature, but there are also some young ones this year,” stated Tuzlivski Lymany Park on their Facebook page.

A group of birds had white rings placed on them, but where they came from could not be determined. However, one bird had a blue ring, indicating that it was from Italy according to the scientists.

According to Ivan Rusev, the head of the research department and an ecology doctor at Tuzlivski Lymany, a group of flamingos migrated to Ukraine this year during the spring season. Despite the ongoing war, around 570 of them chose to remain and build nests in the area. Rusev made this statement in September.

The Tuzlivski Lymany researchers have reported that the flamingos that arrived in October are not the same ones that nested during the summer.

In 2023, Rusev reported that a successful colony of flamingos was established in the Odesa region. In 2017, they had attempted to settle near Crimea on Churyuk Lake in the Kherson region, but only three chicks were hatched and their outcome is uncertain.

According to Rusev, during the Russian invasion and occupation of the Kherson region, birds migrated away from the temporarily occupied territories and settled in the Tuzlivki estuaries. He also noted that amidst the destruction of nature by the Russian invaders, a beautiful flaming phenomenon appeared in Odesa.