Florida Gators fan Joe Corrao is the main suspect in a crime that has rocked the Sunshine State. Corrao is accused of attacking Pinky the Flamingo at Busch Gardens, which led to the dancing flamingo being euthanized after the Tuesday night violence, park officials say.
At about 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, Joseph Anthony Corrao was with his family at Busch Gardens’ Jambo Junction animal viewing area when, for some reason, he allegedly reached into an animal pen and picked up a flamingo, Tampa public safety information coordinator Stephen Hegarty said in a statement.
In front of other park-goers, officials say the 45-year-old Corrao allegedly threw the bird — later identified as Pinky the Dancing Flamingo — to the ground. Hegarty said that because of the “excessive force” of the attack, the flamingo had to be euthanized.
Corrao, who has now deleted his Facebook account, claimed that he attended the University of Florida and works as an air conditioning repairman. He was arrested in 2015 for cruelty towards a child and resisting an officer. He also had a DUI in 2013.
For this incident, Corrao was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He bonded out of jail this morning.