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not sure if either of these are Pinky, but this is the enclosure it happened in. . the friendly birds really do come right up to the low fence

 

we were just there 3 weeks ago!

 

people can be such evil bastards . . . .

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In a bit of sad news that I saw on my feed today, a guy reached into Pinky the Flamingo's exhibit in Jambo Junction, picked her up and slammed her to the ground. Due to her injuries, she had to be euthanized. Pinky was always one of my favorite animals at the park and she was extremely friendly. She was one of their animal ambassadors and known throughout the country because of her appearances on several talk shows. I'll miss seeing her there. Dude better have it coming for him!

 

Here's the news article: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-flamingo-euthanized-after-attack-busch-gardens-n622296

 

*sigh* What the hell is wrong with people??

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In a bit of sad news that I saw on my feed today, a guy reached into Pinky the Flamingo's exhibit in Jambo Junction, picked her up and slammed her to the ground. Due to her injuries, she had to be euthanized. Pinky was always one of my favorite animals at the park and she was extremely friendly. She was one of their animal ambassadors and known throughout the country because of her appearances on several talk shows. I'll miss seeing her there. Dude better have it coming for him!

 

Here's the news article: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-flamingo-euthanized-after-attack-busch-gardens-n622296

OMG, No!!!!!!

That POS needs to be euthanized! I hope he's barred from every theme park in the USA after this POS serves his time in the slammer and I hope he gets slammed to the ground and worse!

PS. I also believe BGT needs to put more visible employees around the animal locations. I have seen a guy jump the fence into the alligator area and pull a gators tail. He jumped back out and was able to leave the park without anyone saying a thing! I told employees who just stood there and did nothing! Park said they don't chase down anyone, but what the guy did is a felony! They must put surveillance cameras up in animal locations and have employees take better care of their animals. I never heard of animals being mistreated and killed when the park was owned by Anheuser-Busch! They must look out for their animals better!

We seriously need to Make America Great Again. Those who don't see how our country has decline in many ways in the past decade need to wake up. We need to take action to make our country safer and more peaceful. I'm sick of loud rioters and violence everywhere! Too many narcissistic "me, me, me" people who care only about themselves and are violent to others. Darn, this ruined my mood, poor Pinky!

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Out of all of the thug life, homicide related, and drug related crap I deal with at work, nothing still satisfies me like locking some dirt bag up for felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. I hate people who mess with animals. F*** that guy.

 

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There are some really sick, sick people in this world....more of them every day it seems. I wouldn't be opposed at all to see these idiots get something more than a little jail time and a slap on the wrist - they certainly deserve it.

 

I can't recall how many times I have seen people doing really disgusting and morbid things to animals on the local Buffalo news and it just makes me want to wretch. One of the main reasons why I love Busch Gardens Tampa is because I am an animal lover and just love to learn about different species and basically admire their beauty.

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PS. I also believe BGT needs to put more visible employees around the animal locations. I have seen a guy jump the fence into the alligator area and pull a gators tail. He jumped back out and was able to leave the park without anyone saying a thing! I told employees who just stood there and did nothing! Park said they don't chase down anyone, but what the guy did is a felony! They must put surveillance cameras up in animal locations and have employees take better care of their animals. I never heard of animals being mistreated and killed when the park was owned by Anheuser-Busch! They must look out for their animals better!

 

I share your frustrations, but let's please not do the typical 2016 thing and overreact to an isolated incident where it ruins everyone's experience. It's hard to say how many millions of visitors had the same opportunity to do the same thing, but didn't. I don't want barbed wire fences for enclosures 50 feet away with constant video surveillance, machine gun nests, land mines, and warning signs, just because of one dumba$$. In addition to this, I don't want my ticket prices raised for the militarization of BGT.

 

Let's not forget that park employees have no lawful detention powers. Police authority is extremely limited on hearsay information, let alone the authority of some teenage park employees. If they didn't see it, it doesn't matter to them. You can only squeeze so much care out of a $10/hour employee.

 

I don't know Florida law, so I can't say for certain if trespassing on an animal enclosure is felony or not. Seems steep, but who knows. Despite all that, I would be surprised if the Florida States Attorney's office would even take the time to prosecute this charge at felony level if no damages occurred. Even worst case scenario you're probably talking a few days in a county jail for all of that trouble. Typical scenario would probably be a mid level fine, probation, or a little community service. This is unless Florida law is drastically different from Illinois law, which I don't believe it is since from what I have heard my Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board certification is transferable to Florida.

 

The main concern here is the protection of the park's civil liability. The best interest of the park would probably be to trespass the customer from the park. Either way, it's only a matter of time before all of these up close encounters are gone due to stupid people breaking the rules, getting hurt, and the court systems continuously allowing lawsuits against the parks. These lawsuits almost always result in a lower out of court settlement as opposed to a high court cost. Why? "Because it's cheaper to just give them $50,000 to drop the issue as opposed to paying $75,000 in attorney fees and court costs to fight the case." Pitiful, isn't it?

 

Buy me a couple beers and I'll continue to talk even more about how completely f****d the justice system is. Judging from your post, I have personal stories which would likely infuriate you. God Bless America.

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So very sad. I LOVED the flamingos when I was there. They're magical creatures. We would take them on walks in the park. They like to "preen" you and they'd chew at your hair and shirt. They're so loud and funny looking but also cute! Here's a couple of my pics

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From one of our walks. We'd basically corral them and they were trained to walk when the keepers walked. They get taken on walks almost every day (if not every day) and guests would just stare in disbelief at all of them walking by.

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Flamingo selfie!

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In a bit of sad news that I saw on my feed today, a guy reached into Pinky the Flamingo's exhibit in Jambo Junction, picked her up and slammed her to the ground. Due to her injuries, she had to be euthanized. Pinky was always one of my favorite animals at the park and she was extremely friendly. She was one of their animal ambassadors and known throughout the country because of her appearances on several talk shows. I'll miss seeing her there. Dude better have it coming for him!

 

Here's the news article: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-flamingo-euthanized-after-attack-busch-gardens-n622296

 

*sigh* What the hell is wrong with people??

 

I'm also disturbed that he did it in front of his kids, even though I'm not a big animal person per say, I just don't see how someone can hurt them.

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Out of all of the thug life, homicide related, and drug related crap I deal with at work, nothing still satisfies me like locking some dirt bag up for felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. I hate people who mess with animals. F*** that guy.

 

 

That poor, poor animal . This truly breaks my heart. I agree with you Prozach. Animal cruelty is a special level of evil. I hope this piece of shit gets what is coming to him and HARD!

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On a happier note. If anyone is visiting BGT during august and looking for something fun to do outside the park, check out The Beach at Amalie Arena downtown Tampa. ( The Ice Hockey arena). Today was opening day, we went and had a blast ! If you go, be prepared for one heck of a cardio workout. It's a free timed ticketed event. It runs til Aug 26. You need a ticket but just get one online. The whole ice rink is filled with over 1.5 million white balls. In fact, everything is white, including the food and beer stands and cornhole games inside. Here's a few pics of us having fun. It is an expanded version of the same exhibit that was in DC from Snarkitecture last year that cost 18 bucks pp. Did I mention it was free?

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Out of all of the thug life, homicide related, and drug related crap I deal with at work, nothing still satisfies me like locking some dirt bag up for felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. I hate people who mess with animals. F*** that guy.

 

 

That poor, poor animal . This truly breaks my heart. I agree with you Prozach. Animal cruelty is a special level of evil. I hope this piece of poo-poo gets what is coming to him and HARD!

I agree. We need to bring back tougher punishment and make prisoners work, chain gangs maybe, while locked up to help pay back to their victims and society. No more just sitting around, playing, and watching TV. They did serious crimes and a movie night once a week is suffice and only for those with good behavior and did their work! I'm sick of the roving door justice system which allows these crooks to victimise again and again. What ever happened to 3 strikes? We should enforce 3 strikes and no more release, that's it. Make special prisons for these criminals to rot in until they die. They choose the actions, their victims sure did not. Poor Pinky the flamingo was the cutest one. Have you seen the videos of her dancing? She was their only dancing flamingo.

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I was at the park on Saturday and I got to do a little bit of everything, including riding the Cobra Curse despite having that ride breaking down numerous times a day. I did love Cheetah Hunt and I rode it twice. I would have love to ride Scorpion twice as well, but they were running only one train and a lot of disable riders and those with Quick Queues caused a long waiting time for the rest of us.

 

I wanted to go back today using my platinum pass, but it's raining hard.

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There weren't a lot of restrictions that I could tell, other than use common sense. It seems as if everyone did. They have "lifeguards" stationed around and on the "pier". Ball tossing and splashing was going on all over. It really was a blast and very surreal. It is almost impossible to stand upright, but it's fun trying. You can jump off the pier, which is an odd feeling. Some were diving, though they don't recommend diving, but it is allowed. There's free fluffy fluffy's for valuables and is strongly recommended. If you lose something it will just float away and you will not find it, no way no how. They post signs up that if you lose something you won't be able to get it back until after the 26th when they "drain" the beach. Oh and another bonus is that you get a free scoop of ice cream too along with free parking. You can't believe the workout you will get from it either.

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The balls are not like your typical ball pit. they are very soft yet firm. Like I said, it is very very surreal. I don't know quite how describe it. It is not considered as a kids' ball pit but as more of an art installation. It is more geared to a more mature crowd, not little kiddies. I mean, c'mon, they serve beer. You just have to experience the wonderful weirdness of the whole thing. It is so very weird , beautiful and odd. you have to experience it to know how things just float away. It just does, Here is a link to the group that puts it on .

And if this doesn't confuse y'all more.....
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Like I said, I was confused as to what the whole thing was, even after watching the video. But I did it and I was blown away and finally understood. Like I said , it is sureal. Here is the local review. It describes, but doesn't clear things up, http://web.tampabay.com/things-to-do/events/what-its-like-to-swim-through-12-million-balls-at-the-beach-tampa/2288335

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Damn. Looks pretty cool. I don't think we'll have time this weekend, but like you said if it rains maybe we'll check it out.

 

Back to the park, how packed can I expect it this Saturday and Monday? I know I've asked before, but I figured I'd ask one more time since we're a lot closer to leaving... thanks.

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If you all don't mind, I'm going to change the subject and talk about a boat ride called "Journey to Atlantis. . .

 

"Dude, that ride's in SeaWorld. I thought this thread was supposed to be on Busch Gardens Tampa?"

 

Well, it is. I just wanted to say that they ought to put a ride like that to replace their old and closed-off Tanganyika Shoot the Chutes ride. I think that would be awesome!

 

"Hey, no fair! We want them to do something with the old Gwazi that involves RMC structure work!"

 

Hey, I would love to see both, but I'm sure one attraction would be worked on first. So here is my question to all you Busch Gardens Tampa lovers and anyone else that's a rider and amusement park flyer: What attraction would you like to see them work on?

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