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Safety plan sets stage for flamingo triage

Kate Gore, with animal care staff at the Sacramento Zoo, right, holds a decorative pink flamingo (not an actual zoo resident) taped to a respirator while staff works on “triaging” other pink flamingoes as the zoo teamed up with the Sacramento Fire Department, Sacramento Police Department and UC Davis Medical Center to perform a safety exercise at the zoo on Monday. At left, another “patient” is prepared for treatment. The zoo will resume winter visitor hours today. The safety exercise scenario consisted of a small aircraft crashing near the zoo’s Reptile House. The fictitious crash would have injured 25-30 victims of various ages from a school group and zoo staff. The Sacramento Zoo performs a minimum of four safety drills throughout the year in order to prepare for a variety of emergency scenarios.

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