This is the cutest story from the start of 2024. A flight attendant came to the aid of a zoo keeper during a flight between Atlanta and Seattle after the incubator that was used to maintain the chicks he was carrying broke down.
An unusual request. Last August, Amber May, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant, was working on a flight from Atlanta to Seattle when she received a request never seen before in her ten-year career. A passenger asked him for help to “keep flamingo eggs warm”… Faced with his disbelief, the passenger explained his approach.
The man was actually the keeper of the Atlanta Zoo and had been given a mission of the utmost importance: to transport six flamingo eggs to Woodland Park in Seattle, where their birds are too old to reproduce. To carry out his mission, the keeper placed the eggs in an incubator which kept them warm – a vital condition for their survival.
But mid-flight, the incubator stopped working. Panicked, the zookeeper pressed the call button above his seat and made this unreal request to Amber May.
A chain of solidarity on the plane
Luckily, the flight attendant had a flash of saving genius. Amber May, in fact, rushed into the kitchenette of the plane. There, she filled rubber gloves with lukewarm water which she then gave to her passenger, who wrapped them around the eggs, forming a cozy little nest, as Alaska Airline explains in a statement. The other passengers seated nearby offered their coats and scarves to provide additional insulation for the birds.
Several times during the flight, Amber May returned to check on her little ones and bring them new warm gloves, earning the “eternal gratitude” of Joanna Klass, animal care manager at the Woodland Park Zoo. “The flamingo eggs would not have survived” without his intervention, he praised in a separate press release. “We are very grateful to him. »
We are also touched by the compassion shown by other passengers to help save the eggs.
Woodland Park zoo in its press release
Especially since the six little pink flamingos survived this turbulence and hatched in good health, one month after the flight.
A guest of honor at Woodland Park
To thank her, the Woodland Park Zoo invited Amber May to come meet the six little pink flamingos, who are still gray given their age. She then realized the value of these birds: they are raised by hand and go for walks every day with a keeper to stretch their legs. Above all, she named one of the miracles Sunny, the same name as her little daughter, born practically at the same time.