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    How everything changed when a flamingo walked into my bedroom one morning...⠀
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I remember as if it was today: First, a head peaks through the doorway and looks at me but soon the rest follows, apparently unbothered by my presence. I smile and scratch myself on the head, still sleepy as I’m still fighting my jetlag. I search for my camera to find out the battery is dead. Why now!? Clearly I wasn’t prepared for this. I stare at the flamingo and before I know it he’s on his way out again. Obviously I’m not as interesting to him as he is to me. I wish I would have some pictures and can’t help thinking “Nobody is going to believe this.”⠀
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My first book MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
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Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    How everything changed when a flamingo walked into my bedroom one morning...⠀ ⠀ I remember as if it was today: First, a head peaks through the doorway and looks at me but soon the rest follows, apparently unbothered by my presence. I smile and scratch myself on the head, still sleepy as I’m still fighting my jetlag. I search for my camera to find out the battery is dead. Why now!? Clearly I wasn’t prepared for this. I stare at the flamingo and before I know it he’s on his way out again. Obviously I’m not as interesting to him as he is to me. I wish I would have some pictures and can’t help thinking “Nobody is going to believe this.”⠀ ⠀ ⠀ My first book MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    I believe conservation and wildlife protection should always be a community driven effort. Therefore my goal has always been to start a dialog from within the society. With the story about the Japanese macaques, the success depends on changes on a political level, which is a difficult and lengthy process. ⠀
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Sometimes solutions are more straightforward, which is what I like about the story of Flamingo Bob. By working directly with the local conservation organisation FDOC, our upcoming book MEET BOB is able to work as an amplifier AND raise money for conservation at the same time. The funds will help continuing the rehabilitation work for wild animals in need and guarantee the continuation of FDOC's conservation education program on local schools in the Caribbean. I'm super excited about being able to make a difference. ⠀
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If you want to help; MEET BOB is still available  for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
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Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    I believe conservation and wildlife protection should always be a community driven effort. Therefore my goal has always been to start a dialog from within the society. With the story about the Japanese macaques, the success depends on changes on a political level, which is a difficult and lengthy process. ⠀ ⠀ Sometimes solutions are more straightforward, which is what I like about the story of Flamingo Bob. By working directly with the local conservation organisation FDOC, our upcoming book MEET BOB is able to work as an amplifier AND raise money for conservation at the same time. The funds will help continuing the rehabilitation work for wild animals in need and guarantee the continuation of FDOC's conservation education program on local schools in the Caribbean. I'm super excited about being able to make a difference. ⠀ ⠀ If you want to help; MEET BOB is still available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    Why is it so hard to think straight about animals?⠀
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I've thought about this so many times. The ways we think, feel and behave towards animals is complicated, inconsistent and often paradoxical. It's easy to come up with an opinion...and react: this is abuse! But where do you draw the line? When you start analysing your own behaviour towards other species (and also towards humans) you will notice that the lines you draw are not as straight as you might think. Sometimes you make decisions based on a rational thought process and sometimes your deep emotions take over...and it's never the same and it might even change over time.⠀
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Some of the biggest human-wildlife conflicts worldwide have ended up in a polarised political debates with no direct solutions on the horizon. That's why I tried to leave my opinion behind as I entered the world of Japanese monkey entertainment. It was difficult at times, really difficult. And to be honest I have great difficulties to accept the compliments after winning the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition last night, because I DO have an opinion and have intentionally left it home in order to understand the situation. I needed to do that in order to learn what was needed to make a valuable contribution to this debate. It has taught me that our ability to show empathy can be the key in the most difficult conflicts as the solution is often to be found in the nuances.
    Why is it so hard to think straight about animals?⠀ ⠀ I've thought about this so many times. The ways we think, feel and behave towards animals is complicated, inconsistent and often paradoxical. It's easy to come up with an opinion...and react: this is abuse! But where do you draw the line? When you start analysing your own behaviour towards other species (and also towards humans) you will notice that the lines you draw are not as straight as you might think. Sometimes you make decisions based on a rational thought process and sometimes your deep emotions take over...and it's never the same and it might even change over time.⠀ ⠀ Some of the biggest human-wildlife conflicts worldwide have ended up in a polarised political debates with no direct solutions on the horizon. That's why I tried to leave my opinion behind as I entered the world of Japanese monkey entertainment. It was difficult at times, really difficult. And to be honest I have great difficulties to accept the compliments after winning the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition last night, because I DO have an opinion and have intentionally left it home in order to understand the situation. I needed to do that in order to learn what was needed to make a valuable contribution to this debate. It has taught me that our ability to show empathy can be the key in the most difficult conflicts as the solution is often to be found in the nuances.
    Wow! Tonight GDT announced this photograph as the overall winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards! 

At Utsonomiya's Kayabuki Tavern, Japanese macaque Fuku-chan takes off its paper mâché mask during its performance practice with Yume-chan, Mr Otsuka's oldest monkeys. Following dinner in the tavern, customers have the opportunity to watch the macaques perform tricks on a makeshift stage with the help of a variety of stage props.⠀
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We've humanised our animals. We have made them part of our lives but forgot about theirs. And now this monkey is taking off this human mask, revealing that there is a unique individual being underneath. ⠀
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It reminds me of Japanese poem from the 17th century by Matsuo Bashō: "year after year / the monkey wears / a monkey’s mask", referring to a monkey doing the same tricks over and over, or a man making the same mistakes in an unchanging life. When will we ever learn?⠀
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I have a strong opinion about the way these monkeys are being treated, but I have always tried to leave my opinion out of the equation, as I realise it has been shaped by my personal background, which is different from when you are born and raised in Japan. And while I do want things to change, I believe the only way we can initiate change, is from within the local community. Instead of coming in as outsiders and pointing to other cultures (saying that what they are doing to the planet is bad), it is my believe that we need to take the origin of their moral values into consideration and start a conversation with (rather than about) other people, as we are no better than them. Instead of emphasising differences, we need to find our common values and find our path together from there.⠀
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A big thank you to @gdt.foto and all of the judges. To @kfmoran, @roseleen, @whitneycatherinejohnson, @susanbgoldberg @natgeo for believing in me with this complex and sensitive topic. Tomomi-san, Takayo-san, Maya-san & Hayashi-san & Shan-san どうもありがとうございました for always being there for me when I needed help. Thank you @jellitoo -san for the fun times in the field! Thanks to all my other friends who have supported me in one way or another.
    Wow! Tonight GDT announced this photograph as the overall winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards! At Utsonomiya's Kayabuki Tavern, Japanese macaque Fuku-chan takes off its paper mâché mask during its performance practice with Yume-chan, Mr Otsuka's oldest monkeys. Following dinner in the tavern, customers have the opportunity to watch the macaques perform tricks on a makeshift stage with the help of a variety of stage props.⠀ ⠀ We've humanised our animals. We have made them part of our lives but forgot about theirs. And now this monkey is taking off this human mask, revealing that there is a unique individual being underneath. ⠀ ⠀ It reminds me of Japanese poem from the 17th century by Matsuo Bashō: "year after year / the monkey wears / a monkey’s mask", referring to a monkey doing the same tricks over and over, or a man making the same mistakes in an unchanging life. When will we ever learn?⠀ ⠀ I have a strong opinion about the way these monkeys are being treated, but I have always tried to leave my opinion out of the equation, as I realise it has been shaped by my personal background, which is different from when you are born and raised in Japan. And while I do want things to change, I believe the only way we can initiate change, is from within the local community. Instead of coming in as outsiders and pointing to other cultures (saying that what they are doing to the planet is bad), it is my believe that we need to take the origin of their moral values into consideration and start a conversation with (rather than about) other people, as we are no better than them. Instead of emphasising differences, we need to find our common values and find our path together from there.⠀ ⠀ A big thank you to @gdt.foto and all of the judges. To @kfmoran, @roseleen, @whitneycatherinejohnson, @susanbgoldberg @natgeo for believing in me with this complex and sensitive topic. Tomomi-san, Takayo-san, Maya-san & Hayashi-san & Shan-san どうもありがとうございました for always being there for me when I needed help. Thank you @jellitoo -san for the fun times in the field! Thanks to all my other friends who have supported me in one way or another.
    Odette sits with Dora, who arrived at @fdoccuracao with a complicated wing fracture. Wildlife rehabilitation is a process that involves safely capturing, examining, diagnosing, and treating the animals using proper veterinary and hospital care, feeding, physical therapy, exercise, medicating, and a pre-release conditioning program. Releasing must be carefully planned so that it occurs not only when the animal is ready, but also in the right habitat, location, season, and even weather. ⠀
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Because her wing fracture never fully recovered, Odette was not able to release Dora back into the wild but didn’t want to euthanise the otherwise healthy animal. Therefore Dora became part of a group of animals that receives permanent care at FDOC's sanctuary. She's now part of Flamingo Bob's possy and hangs out with him in their private pool. 

Unfortunately things do not always end this well. Today FDOC lost Pancho the pelican, one of their special animal ambassadors. I never got the chance to meet him but I know he meant a lot to Odette and therefore he'll be truly missed. Odette stay strong! ⠀
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Support Flamingo Bob and FDOC by pre-ordering MEET BOB; a unique book about a spokesbird for environmental awareness. MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
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Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.⠀
    Odette sits with Dora, who arrived at @fdoccuracao with a complicated wing fracture. Wildlife rehabilitation is a process that involves safely capturing, examining, diagnosing, and treating the animals using proper veterinary and hospital care, feeding, physical therapy, exercise, medicating, and a pre-release conditioning program. Releasing must be carefully planned so that it occurs not only when the animal is ready, but also in the right habitat, location, season, and even weather. ⠀ ⠀ Because her wing fracture never fully recovered, Odette was not able to release Dora back into the wild but didn’t want to euthanise the otherwise healthy animal. Therefore Dora became part of a group of animals that receives permanent care at FDOC's sanctuary. She's now part of Flamingo Bob's possy and hangs out with him in their private pool. Unfortunately things do not always end this well. Today FDOC lost Pancho the pelican, one of their special animal ambassadors. I never got the chance to meet him but I know he meant a lot to Odette and therefore he'll be truly missed. Odette stay strong! ⠀ ⠀ Support Flamingo Bob and FDOC by pre-ordering MEET BOB; a unique book about a spokesbird for environmental awareness. MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.⠀
    Today we visited the lithographer to talk about the color reproduction for MEET BOB. The biggest challenge will be how to translate the intensity of the Caribbean colors to the printed paper in order to best reflect the luminosity and flabbergasting colours of Bob's plumage in a stable way throughout the whole book. We received the first print proofs and while they still need some finetuning, it's amazing to see the possibilities of these new state of the art printers. Exciting times! ⠀
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MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
⠀
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    Today we visited the lithographer to talk about the color reproduction for MEET BOB. The biggest challenge will be how to translate the intensity of the Caribbean colors to the printed paper in order to best reflect the luminosity and flabbergasting colours of Bob's plumage in a stable way throughout the whole book. We received the first print proofs and while they still need some finetuning, it's amazing to see the possibilities of these new state of the art printers. Exciting times! ⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    I hope that reposting some of my favourite Flamingo Bob images doesn't ruffle a few of your feathers ;-) ⠀
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Although we've reached our fundraising goal to cover the book printing, we're trying to sell a maximum number of books during the coming weeks, as all profit will be donated to the conservation work of @fdoccuracao. ⠀
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MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). ⠀
⠀
MEET BOB...⠀
⠀
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    I hope that reposting some of my favourite Flamingo Bob images doesn't ruffle a few of your feathers ;-) ⠀ ⠀ Although we've reached our fundraising goal to cover the book printing, we're trying to sell a maximum number of books during the coming weeks, as all profit will be donated to the conservation work of @fdoccuracao. ⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). ⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    Flamingo Bob, bobbing in the crystal clear waters surrounding Curaçao. Did you know Flamingoes can swim? Before I met Flamingo Bob, I had never given it much thought, but if you look at the webbing between their toes you'll see their feet are made for swimming. It makes Bob the perfect ambassador for environmental awareness in the Caribbean above and below the surface.⠀
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Support Flamingo Bob and FDOC by pre-ordering MEET BOB; a unique book about a spokesbird for environmental awareness. MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
⠀
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.

#flamingobob #meetbob #bobtheflamingo #curacao #booklaunch #fundraiser #animalambassador #flamingo #natgeo #shareifyoucare

Music by @melodygardotofficial & @antonio.zambujo
    Flamingo Bob, bobbing in the crystal clear waters surrounding Curaçao. Did you know Flamingoes can swim? Before I met Flamingo Bob, I had never given it much thought, but if you look at the webbing between their toes you'll see their feet are made for swimming. It makes Bob the perfect ambassador for environmental awareness in the Caribbean above and below the surface.⠀ ⠀ Support Flamingo Bob and FDOC by pre-ordering MEET BOB; a unique book about a spokesbird for environmental awareness. MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. #flamingobob #meetbob #bobtheflamingo #curacao #booklaunch #fundraiser #animalambassador #flamingo #natgeo #shareifyoucare Music by @melodygardotofficial & @antonio.zambujo
    On a Friday night Flamingo Bob (in front) enjoys the pool with his friends. The two flamingos in the back both had a wing amputated and wouldn't survive in the wild, so they hang out with Bob in their private saltwater pool as flamingos normally hang out in family groups. While Bob was already used to human presence before he was rescued by Odette, the other two don’t like people that much and are quite wary. I sat in the pool with Bob without moving for almost an hour before the other two decided to join. It felt like a big privilege to be accepted during their pool party. ⠀
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MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
⠀
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    On a Friday night Flamingo Bob (in front) enjoys the pool with his friends. The two flamingos in the back both had a wing amputated and wouldn't survive in the wild, so they hang out with Bob in their private saltwater pool as flamingos normally hang out in family groups. While Bob was already used to human presence before he was rescued by Odette, the other two don’t like people that much and are quite wary. I sat in the pool with Bob without moving for almost an hour before the other two decided to join. It felt like a big privilege to be accepted during their pool party. ⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    Flamingo Bob, bobbing in the crystal clear waters surrounding Curaçao. Before I met Flamingo Bob, I didn’t even realise flamingos could swim. I had never given it much thought, but if you look at the webbing between their toes you'll see their feet are made for swimming. It makes Bob the perfect ambassador for environmental awareness in the Caribbean above and below the surface.⠀
 ⠀
MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
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MEET BOB...⠀
⠀
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    Flamingo Bob, bobbing in the crystal clear waters surrounding Curaçao. Before I met Flamingo Bob, I didn’t even realise flamingos could swim. I had never given it much thought, but if you look at the webbing between their toes you'll see their feet are made for swimming. It makes Bob the perfect ambassador for environmental awareness in the Caribbean above and below the surface.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB...⠀ ⠀ Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
    Flamingo Bob visits the A.E. Goilo school in Julianadorp to teach the children about conservation issues on the island. Most of the children have never seen a flamingo up close.

Wildlife education is one of the pillars of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben @fdoccuracao. Shortly after my cousin Odette rescued Flamingo Bob, she realized he would never make it back to the wild. But because he is so relaxed around people, she recognized a unique opportunity to use Bob during her conservation education sessions at the local schools in Curaçao.

Bob visits schools and other venues on Curaçao, giving his human companions a rare chance to connect locals with the diverse local birds that share their island. Fascinated kids learn to appreciate wild flamingos from afar—and how they can make a contribution to keep a safe and healthy environment for all beings to thrive and enjoy.

MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC. Thank you for your support!
    Flamingo Bob visits the A.E. Goilo school in Julianadorp to teach the children about conservation issues on the island. Most of the children have never seen a flamingo up close. Wildlife education is one of the pillars of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben @fdoccuracao. Shortly after my cousin Odette rescued Flamingo Bob, she realized he would never make it back to the wild. But because he is so relaxed around people, she recognized a unique opportunity to use Bob during her conservation education sessions at the local schools in Curaçao. Bob visits schools and other venues on Curaçao, giving his human companions a rare chance to connect locals with the diverse local birds that share their island. Fascinated kids learn to appreciate wild flamingos from afar—and how they can make a contribution to keep a safe and healthy environment for all beings to thrive and enjoy. MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC. Thank you for your support!
    A brown pelican and a flamingo bob in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Curaçao. Both were rescued by my cousin Odette, who works as a veterinarian on the island. Unfortunately these two birds couldn't be released back to the wild. The pelican, named Neil, arrived at her rescue facility with a complicated wing fracture (he's since passed away), and the flamingo, whose name is Bob, had slammed against a hotel window and has a chronic foot condition. Bob became the ambassador of @fdoccuracao, a local conservation education charity that teaches environmental awareness.⠀
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I remember Neil and Bob walking into my bedroom the same day. And I was blown away by their cool personalities. I had to choose a perspective from which to tell the conservation story and while I really liked Neil, I picked Bob. I wish I would have been able to spend more time with Neil but happy I got a chance to let you meet Bob.⠀
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MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.
    A brown pelican and a flamingo bob in the crystal-clear waters surrounding Curaçao. Both were rescued by my cousin Odette, who works as a veterinarian on the island. Unfortunately these two birds couldn't be released back to the wild. The pelican, named Neil, arrived at her rescue facility with a complicated wing fracture (he's since passed away), and the flamingo, whose name is Bob, had slammed against a hotel window and has a chronic foot condition. Bob became the ambassador of @fdoccuracao, a local conservation education charity that teaches environmental awareness.⠀ ⠀ I remember Neil and Bob walking into my bedroom the same day. And I was blown away by their cool personalities. I had to choose a perspective from which to tell the conservation story and while I really liked Neil, I picked Bob. I wish I would have been able to spend more time with Neil but happy I got a chance to let you meet Bob.⠀ ⠀ MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.
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