Orlando man accused of attacking Pinky the Dancing Flamingo at Busch Gardens; bird had to be put down

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A family’s trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa has resulted in the father going to jail after he allegedly attacked Pinky the Dancing Flamingo, according to officials, which resulted in the animal’s death.

  • Due to the severe injuries, the flamingo had to be put down
  • Orlando man charged with aggravated cruelty to animals

On Tuesday, at around 6:44 p.m., Joseph Anthony Corrao was with his family at Busch Gardens Amusement Park’s Jambo Junction animal viewing area when for some reason he allegedly reached into an animal pen and picked up a flamingo, stated Stephen Hegarty, public safety information coordinator for Tampa, in a statement.

In front of other park goers, the 45-year-old Corrao allegedly threw the bird, identified as Pinky the Dancing Flamingo, to the ground. According to Hegarty, due to the “excessive force” of the attack on the bird, the flamingo had to be euthanized.

"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," Karen Varga-Sinka, publicity and communications senior manager for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & Adventure Island, told this station.

"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," she added.

The Orlando man was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, according to Hegarty.

He has bonded out of jail earlier Wednesday morning.

Below is a video of Pinky and how people will remember the dancing flamingo best.


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August 3, 2016 |

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