According to Tampa police, witnesses saw 19-year-old Julian Antonio Marquez throw what looked like a rock and hit a flamingo at the theme park around 5:49 Friday evening.
He hit the flamingo so hard with this object that it fell down.
The official tells us the flamingo was immediately examined by a veterinarian on-staff, is back with the herd and doing fine, but is constantly being monitored.
He’s now facing an aggravated animal cruelty charge.
Marquez has been released on $2,000 bond.
SECOND INCIDENT OF ANIMAL ABUSE RECENTLY
Earlier this year, Joseph Anthony Corrao, who was with his family, for some unknown reason climbed over the barrier, snatched up a flamingo named “Pinky” and violently threw her to the ground breaking her leg.
Pinky was hatched at the park in 1996. She was an ambassador animal for them, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Likely because she was used to being handled and around people, she didn't even run when Joe Corrao approached her.
“Pinky loved to dance for our guests,” park spokesperson Karen Varga-Sinka told WTVT-TV. “Her keepers say that this is not a trained behavior, but a natural behavior she loved to show off. Flamingos are filter feeders, using their beaks to strain tasty morsels out of the water around them as they wade.
"To stir up the tastiest treats, flamingos will stamp their webbed feet. Pinky often performed this toe-tapping behavior out of the water for guests.”
Pinky's senseless torture and death was met with sorrow and outrage across Tampa Bay.
Corrao has THREE drunk driving convictions. In one, he was drunk with his children and tried to get one of them to drive the car for him.
Corrao has also been previously arrested and charged with ANIMAL CRUELTY.
Corrao was declared incompetent (insane) to stand trial in February and was ordered a month later to undergo in-home competency training for his aggravated animal cruelty charge trial.
If Corrao is insane and derives pleasure from torturing and killing animals, how many other animals has he tortured and killed? If he is insane he needs to be locked up and kept away from animals.
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