A Florida man is accused of attacking swans with karate moves. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the attacker, identified as 34-year-old Rocco Joseph Mantella, of Jacksonville, allegedly kicked two swans, “as hard as possible,” in the head and back, on Thursday morning.
A witness told the authorities that the kicks were hard enough to knock the swans over – the same witness also reported that Mantella kicked a sleeping duck. Another witness claims that Mantella laughed after kicking a swan in the face and chasing after more birds to attack.
Mantella was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail – he is facing a charge of animal cruelty. The attacked birds were not found.
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