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Two flamingos dead after bungled Mississippi fraternity prank [View all]

Source: Associated Press

Two flamingos dead after bungled Mississippi fraternity prank

Flamingo abducted by college student during scavenger hunt had to be euthanised because of injuries

Associated Press in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
theguardian.com, Thursday 9 October 2014 16.50 EDT

Police say a Mississippi college student has been arrested after a bungled prank led to the deaths of two Chilean flamingos at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt Jon Traxler says 19-year-old Devin Nottis of Pascagoula is charged with grand larceny. The University of Southern Mississippi student was arrested Wednesday night.

Police say that during a fraternity scavenger hunt, Nottis took a flamingo instead of taking a picture of the bird.

The executive director of the organization that runs the Hattiesburg Zoo says a female bird was taken at 1.08 am Tuesday and found later that morning, several miles away. Rick Taylor says it was returned to the zoo and had to be euthanized because of its injuries.

Taylor said a second flamingo was injured in the incident and died Wednesday. He said zoo officials believe the male flamingo died from injuries sustained while defending his mate during the attack.




Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/09/fraternity-prank-kills-two-flamingos-mississippi-zoo

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