A man killed a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida after he picked it up and threw it to the ground Tuesday.
Joseph Anthony Carrao was visiting the theme park with his family. While inside the Jambo Junction Animal Viewing area, he allegedly reached into the animal pen, picked up "Pinky" the Chilean flamingo, and flung her down for seemingly no reason.
Pinky suffered severe injuries as a result of the excessive force and had to be euthanized.
According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, Pinky was 19 years old and was a popular attraction at the park, known for performing dance routines.
Carrao was detained by theme park security and later arrested by local police and charged with felony animal cruelty.
Busch Gardens’ officials released a statement surrounding their unexpected, tragic loss.
“Yesterday evening at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, an adult male guest attacked one of our animal ambassadors, a Chilean flamingo known as Pinky, causing traumatic injuries.
Pinky was immediately transported to the park’s Animal Care Center where veterinarians made the decision to humanely euthanize her based on the severity of her injuries.
Pinky was a beloved member of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay family and made many appearances on behalf of the park’s conservation and education efforts. She will be sorely missed.”
Reasons for Carrao’s attack are currently unclear. He was reportedly released from jail Wednesday on a $2,000 bond.
It's especially alarming that Carrao shamelessly did this act in front of several witnesses in a public setting where children were also present.
Carrao's mental stability should be checked after this incident. There is no acceptable excuse for anyone in their right mind to harm an innocent animal that was posing no threat to them.
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