DOWNTOWN — Buckingham Fountain attracts countless tourists and locals every day.
And one thing else that might surprise people.
In a video produced by the Associated Press and posted on YouTube over the weekend, a Park District worker explains how preparing for the day's display begins with cleaning the filters of the fountain's basin.
Debris from nearby Lake Shore Drive often ends up in the fountain but the filters also catch something else familiar to festival goers.
"We remove tons of seagull feathers from the fountain and chicken bones that they pick up from the fests and bring into the fountain to eat," says Eric Klemer, assistant chief engineer for the park district.
Before the fountain is turned on for the season, workers have been known to find rabbit remains in its pipes and crews once found a live fox inside who had made it his home for the winter, officials have previously said.