Caribbean Flamingo aka American Flamingo -- Phoenicopterus ruber, a bird that captures the imagination in the form of a pink question mark, is certainly one of the strangest, as noted by May Swenson...
'Stuffed pink stocking, the neck,
toe of pointed black, the angled beak,
thick heel with round eye in it upside down, the pate,
swivels, dabbles, skims the soup of pond all day
for small meat. That split polished toe is mouth
of the wading flamingo
whose stilts, the rosy knee joints, bend
the wrong way. When planted
on one straight stem, a big fluffy flower
its body a pink leg, wrung, lifts up over,
lays an awkward shoe to sleep on top of,
between flocculent elbows, the soft peony wings.’ ~ “One of the Strangest” by May Swenson, 1972.
"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion." ~ Edgar Allen Poe, quoting Francis Bacon, in "Ligeia", 1838.
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." ~ Albert Einstein
considering their diet, the people fell quiet.
pink neck picnic
Average life spans exceed 30 years.
"Beauty is whatever gives joy." ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
'burnin' honk of love...' ~ Elvis impersonator at the Pink Flamingo
A large pale adult could be a parent, as the production of crop milk drains a parent's colors.
cue "Boy in the Roman Zoo" by Archibald MacLeish:
delighted eyes -- and all the rest,
parental cautions and alarms,
treacherous sidewalks and his best
blue suit forgotten. He has seen
heaven upon the further shore
and nothing in the null between
has mere existence anymore.
Those shapes of rose, those coals of ice,
command him as love never has
and only they can now suffice.
Forgotten is the child he was,
unguessed the man he will be. One
moment, free of both, he'll run
toward the flamingos in the sun.' ~ "Boy in the Roman Zoo" by Archibald MacLeish, 1968.