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Animal expert in a pinch with big bird

September 18, 2007|From Times Wire Services

Animal expert Jack Hanna and an 11-month-old flamingo became trapped while trying to squeeze through a security turnstile at a closed airport.

Hanna, the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and a frequent guest on nationally televised talk shows, said: "I never thought about the crate being square and the turnstile being round," he said.

Hanna, 60, pushed the flamingo's 2-by-3 compartment into the turnstile, then continued pushing while straddling the crate. Hanna said he eventually squirmed free and walked to a fire station for help. Firefighters finally got the flamingo out.

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