Who wouldn't be intrigued by an animal who has hot pink feathers, stands comfortably on one leg, and eats upside down?
As the emblem of summer, the mascot of the zoo, and the funky companion to a number of suburban lawns, this flamboyant and photogenic bird defines 'Cool'.
As they flaunt their fabulous feathers with their heads held high, we can't help but love them.
Here are some interesting facts about these beautiful birds:
~Flamingos are pink due to the algae that they eat. The more algae they consume, the pinker their feathers.
~Flamingos may be long and lean for a bird, but they can fly AND swim.
~Flamingos are social butterflies. They can be found living in flocks of thousands.
~Flamingos build their nests out of mud.
~Flamingos love the warm weather and live in lagoons, saline lakes, and even the Andes Mountains!
Where are they going??
If we still haven't convinced you of how cool flamingos are, then please scroll down to view this photograph taken in the Gulf of Mexico by National Geographic Photographer Robert B. Haas....
Could it be???
THE FLAMINGOS HAVE FORMED A FLAMINGO!
Here is a fun clip of a typical mating dance. If you ask us, they have some great dancing skills ;-)