It’s all right to cry, flamingo

August 18, 2015

This bird needs a hanky. By Aaron Logan [CC BY 1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Does this bird need a hanky? These aren’t tears of sadness! By Aaron Logan CC BY 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Flamingos are one of the few land creatures that can drink salt water and live. That is because they excrete (get rid of) the deadly salt by crying.

Flamingos cry salty tears. Water and salty tears keep them alive and healthy.

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...