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Little bird stops big fountains

“What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas” is a well-known saying. And a bird probably took that literally as it landed in the lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel – and stayed. Now the famous water show has to be canceled.

In the USA, a yellow-billed grebe has found an unusual place to stay: the lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The city is in the middle of the desert, but there is plenty of water in front of the hotel: a large lake where there is actually a regular water show. In order to protect the bird, she is now taking a break.

Large fountains can actually be seen regularly in this lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel…

Wildlife conservationists: Fountains probably don't bother him

The fountains are inactive, the luxury hotel announced on social media. The bird feels comfortable in Lake Bellagio.

The casino's famous fountain shows have been halted pending further action, the owner, MGM Resorts International Group, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Wildlife conservationists are said to have come to the conclusion that the bird would not be disturbed by the fountain display. It is still unclear whether the fountains will be turned on again despite the bird.

… but because this bird feels comfortable in the lake, tourists currently have to forego the show.

The hope: He notices that there is nothing to eat

The yellow-billed grebe is considered “one of the ten rarest birds that regularly breed on the U.S. mainland,” according to the U.S. National Park Service. Concerned bird experts asked the Nevada Department of Wildlife to intervene, spokesman Doug Nielsen said. According to him, the bird was probably seeking shelter from a storm at Bellagio.

If the bird tourist stays there for too long, a rescue mission may be necessary. The hope of the animal rights activists is that the bird will understand that it can hardly find anything to eat in the artificial lake and move on.

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