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The Mystery of the Flamingos


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

"They don't really start to ripen until the first frost," said Bob Deal. Deal is pictured standing among his flock of flamingos on his lawn in Poverty Flats south of Seeley Lake. He started out with two as a gift and the flock continues to grow. "I have no idea where they came from," said Deal who likes the mystery.

SEELEY LAKE – Bob Deal's lawn in Poverty Flats south of Seeley Lake on Montana Highway 83 has become the hot spot for flamingos in the past couple of years. What started out as a gift of two plastic flamingos has grown to a flock of 19 various colored flamingos and two that flew the coop. Deal's sole purpose for maintaining his flock is for fun.

When Deal was young, he enjoyed the lawn jockeys that used to adorn people's yards.

Following the lawn jockeys, garden gnomes grew in popularity. Deal never cared for the gnomes but liked the flamingos.

"They take me back to my childhood, back w...

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