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Australian police have charged four teenagers with an attack
Australian police have charged four teenagers with an attack on what is believed to be the world's oldest flamingo, national media said on Thursday

Staff at Adelaide zoo said the bird, believed to be around 75 years old and almost completely blind, was in a serious condition, with injuries to its beak and head.

The teenagers aged between 17 and 19, were charged with "aggravated ill-treatment of an animal" and released on bail. They face up to four years in jail or a large fine.

The bird arrived at the zoo in 1933, and according to the zoo's website, is "undoubtedly the oldest in the world."

This is not the first time that an animal at the zoo has been attacked. In 1985, two men broke in and killed 64 animals.

In Australia's Alice Spring's zoo at the start of the month a seven-year-old boy broke into the reptile house and began feeding tortoises and other reptiles to a nearby crocodile. He was stopped before he could make his way into the crocodile's enclosure.


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