HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) — For the past few years, the flamingos at Hialeah Park were not laying any eggs, but the flamingo population is now finally seeing an increase this year.
Hialeah Park is home to nearly 300 flamingos. The flamingos are famous in South Florida. They were the birds featured in the opening credits of “Miami Vice.”
For the past few decades, Dennis Testa has become very fond of the Flamingos at Hialeah Park. “I arrived here when I was 7 years old, in 1958. I can’t tell you what I would ever think of Hialeah without our famed flamingos,” said Testa, a Hialeah Park Employee.
Over the past few years, Testa realized that the famed flamingos were not producing eggs. “Five years I’ve been waiting for them to do something. I’ve been watching them,” said Testa. Testa decided to take the matter into his own hands, and he became the “flamingo doctor.” He decided to place fake eggs around the Flamingos at the park. “When you don’t see an egg you say, OK, I’ll put a fake egg out there, and maybe somebody will look over and go, ‘Oh, OK, we’ve got to lay eggs,'” said Testa.
Testa’s plan worked. Hialeah Park is now expecting some new flamingos. In the last month, 30 eggs have been found and more have been laid. In the past week, an additional 30 eggs popped up on an island in the middle of the park.
For Testa, the flamingos are like family. “It’s the lineage and the heritage of the park, and we’ve got to keep it going. It means everything to me,” said Testa.
The new flamingos are expected to hatch by August.