A 19-year-old Chilean Flamingo named “Pinky,” lost her life after she was brutally beaten by an Orlando, Florida, man on Tuesday, reported the Palm Beach Post. The Flamingo was a beloved ambassador at Busch Gardens and she was best known for dancing for park guests.
The man accused of ending Pinky’s life has been identified as 45-year-old Joseph Anthony Corrao. According to WFLA News, Corrao picked the bird up and threw her to the ground – the reason for the vicious attack is not yet known.
The park issued a statement following the attack. According to the release, Pinky was rushed to the park’s Animal Care Center, but her injuries were so severe that she had to be humanely euthanized. The park stated, “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.”
Corrao’s bizarre actions resulted in his arrest and a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals – he was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.
Read more about Pinky at this link to Busch Gardens.