Famed flamingo Pinky dead in Florida after man attacks it

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Dancing Flamingo At Busch Gardens Dies After Being Assaulted

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Chilean flamingo named Pinky which was known for its dancing was euthanized at a Florida theme park after being badly injured by a man who reached into its pen and threw it to the ground, Tampa police said on Wednesday.

Orlando resident Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45, was arrested and jailed on a felony animal cruelty charge in connection with the incident involving the bird, police said in a statement.

Corrao was visiting an animal viewing area at Busch Gardens in Tampa with his family Tuesday night when other park patrons saw him pick up Pinky and throw it to the ground, police said.

The 19-year-old animal suffered traumatic injuries and veterinarians decided to "humanely euthanize" it as a result, said park spokeswoman Karen Varga-Sinka.

See social media reactions to Pinky's death:

Social media reactions to Pinky the flamingo's murder
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Social media reactions to Pinky the flamingo's murder
I find comfort in knowing that Harambe is waiting at the gates of Heaven for Pinky the Flamingo. Rest easy, baby. https://t.co/B8KRYnSuRQ
BREAKING UPDATE: Here is a statement from Busch Gardens on the flamingo attack. The flamingo, Pinky, was euthanized. https://t.co/dQCn46gK2F
The guy who killed Pinky the flamingo deserves life in prison
Pinky from Bush Gardens has passed away. According to Karen Varga-Sinka with BushGardens: Pinky was special... https://t.co/xcgWRkbZno
Pinky the flamingo put down after she was attacked by Orlando man @BuschGardens, cops say. Flamingo was 19 y/o. https://t.co/To2lyMHzdp
Photo of Pinky the flamingo, courtesy of @BuschGardens @WFLA https://t.co/rovIvKRfX1
@craigtimes @BillChurchMedia @KatyBergen Pinky dances at the HT in 2013 https://t.co/rRCNl5yFrI

Police did not give a motive. Jail records did not list a lawyer for Corrao, who was being held on a $2,000 bond.

Videos previously posted online show Pinky twirling and tapping its webbed feet, a behavior the park said the flamingo loved to show off for guests.

"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," Varga-Sinka said. "She will be sorely missed."

See some of Pinky's signature dance moves:
"Pinky" the flamingo dancing

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