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'Pinky' The Dancing Flamingo Fatally Injured At Busch Gardens

Veterinarians at Busch Gardens had to euthanize "Pinky" the flamingo after a man grabbed her from an animal viewing area and threw her to the ground.

Tampa police say 45-year-old Joseph Anthony Corrao of Orlando was visiting the park's Jambo Junction area with his family on Tuesday when he reached into a pen, picked up the flamingo and threw her down.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Corrao throw the flamingo. He was detained by the theme park's security and arrested by Tampa police. Busch Gardens said the bird suffered injuries so "traumatic" that she could not be saved.

The judge ordered him held in the Hillsborough County Jail on a $5,000 bond on a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Jail records did not list a defense attorney.

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This story corrects a previous version that said Corrao posted $2,000 bail. Records show he remains in the Hillsborough County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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