September 3, 2009 / 5:03 AM / 9 years ago

College prank elevates flamingo's status

Plastic flamingos are pictured on the front lawn of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence in Ottawa April 30, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Some stories don’t fly. This one doesn’t even breathe.

The city council of Wisconsin’s capital voted on Tuesday to designate the plastic pink flamingo its official bird, honouring a college prank committed 30 years ago.

In 1979, University of Wisconsin students planted roughly 1,000 of the pink plastic birds on a grassy incline outside the dean’s office.

Alderman Marsha Rummel told the Wisconsin State Journal the council’s 15-4 vote ensured the event was “captured in our imaginations forever.”

Writing by Andrew Stern, Editing by Sandra Maler

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