Aside from standing on one leg for 80% of its life -- an act no one fully understands -- and being kitschy lawn ornaments that your eclectic aunt in Florida hordes by the dozen, flamingos rarely do anything interesting. But when they do decide to make headlines, they go all out. Take, for example, these two flamingos that live in Zoo Atlanta who've decided to settle down and raise a family -- the flamingo version of the American dream. But what caught zookeepers' attention was the fact these two lovebirds are both male.
The bird keepers believe the inseparable pair has been together since the 1990s. 20 and 46 (the zoo names animals with numbers) follow each other around, eat with each other, and will even protect each other during those markedly tense flamingo arguments. And what arguments they have. You see, flamingos are notorious for nest stealing, which means no one ever quite knows which egg belongs to which couple, and the zookeepers actually choose what parents raise the eggs. 20 and 46 took over a nest, and then fought like hell to defend it and make it their own. The bird keepers noticed their tough-but-fair parenting style and decided they were suitable candidates to raise a fine flamingo family -- only three pairs were picked!