Pinky, The Flamingo, Dies After Being Attacked By Busch Garden Guest Joseph Anthony Corrao
Pinky, a flamenco-dancing flamingo and animal ambassador at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, died Tuesday after being attacked by a park guest, reports CNN.
Joseph Anthony Corrao was seen by an eye witness, reaching into the flamingo pen, picking up one flamingo and putting it back down, reported Tampa police.
He then grabbed Pinky and his mother told him to leave the birds alone, police said. He then threw Pinky to the ground, nearly ripping one foot off, witnesses told police.
Corrao, who was at the park with his mother, brother and three children, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty, the Tampa Police Department said.
“It’s beyond senseless,” Judge John Conrad said, the Tampa station reported. “It actually borders on depraved, in my opinion.”
Corrao, who is from Orlando, was released on $5,000 bail.