TAMPA, Fla. - A Care2 petition is circulating online, demanding harsher animal cruelty penalties in the state of Florida after an Orlando man fatally injured "Pinky," a 19-year-old Chilean flamingo at Busch Gardens in Tampa by reportedly picking her up out of her enclosure and throwing her to the ground.
Busch Gardens confirmed that the flamingo, named Pinky, suffered traumatic injuries. According to the park, Pinky was immediately taken to the park's Animal Care Center where veterinarians made the decision to humanely euthanize her because of the severity of her injuries.
"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," the park said. "She will be sorely missed."
Pinky was known for her dancing.
Watch her dance in the video below:
Pinky was recently featured on Tampa Bay's Morning Blend:
IS CORRAO STILL IN JAIL?
Corrao was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail immediately after the incident with a $5,000 bond.
He bonded out on Sunday, August 7.
CORRAO'S PAST CHARGES
Corrao served time in prison for two counts of animal cruelty and aggravated assault on a person 65 years or older with a deadly weapon. Records show he has been arrested more than a dozen times for crimes that include aggravated domestic violence, DUI, cocaine possession, burglary, fleeing police, and child abuse endangerment. Corrao was released from prison in July of 2015.