When a fisherman off the gulf of Texas spied a puff of light pink feathers perched on one leg, he couldn't believe his eyes. As the bird unfurled itself it was clear: It was a flamingo. Flamingos are not native to Texas, nor is Texas anywhere on a flamingo's normal migratory path. After tweeting a video of the bird, Texas Parks and Wildlife confirmed that it was Pink Floyd, a flamingo who escaped a Kansas zoo in 2005. For 17 years, Pink Floyd has traveled through Texas, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Louisiana as, well, a free bird.
Pink Floyd might be one of the longest living animal escapees around today, but he certainly isn't the only great animal escapee we've ever seen. Dozens of animals have broken free of their zoos, research labs and even slaughterhouses, showcasing the amazing creature intelligence and opportunism. Here are five other daring — and adorable — animal escapes.