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Flamingos and Pumpkins: A Florida Fall

Even though it’s the first day of Fall today, it doesn’t feel anything like cooler weather in Florida. In fact, Florida rarely gets Fall. It just goes from hot to less hot around Christmas time.

Fall in Florida! Flamingos check out Pumpkins on the first day of Fall at SeaWorld Orlando.

Which is why flamingos playing with pumpkins is pretty much the symbol of Florida Fall weather!

Fall in Florida! Flamingos check out Pumpkins on the first day of Fall at SeaWorld Orlando.

Flamingos, long associated as the bird of Florida, are the perfect pairing with autumn inspired pumpkins to highlight the hot weather and humid days that Florida still has during the autumn months.

Fall in Florida! Flamingos check out Pumpkins on the first day of Fall at SeaWorld Orlando.

But it’s not just a photo op!

Fall in Florida! Flamingos check out Pumpkins on the first day of Fall at SeaWorld Orlando.

No, these pumpkins are actually learning enrichment for the flamingos at SeaWorld in Orlando. Aviculturists hid lettuce among the pumpkins to pique the flamingo’s interest and give them something new to think about and explore.

Fall in Florida! Flamingos check out Pumpkins on the first day of Fall at SeaWorld Orlando.

Lettuce and pumpkins, as weird as they might sound to you and me, offer visual and mental stimulation in a holistic way, improving education and health.

Thanks to SeaWorld Orlando for all of the photos.

 

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