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Why did Joseph Anthony Corrao slam Pinky the flamingo to her death?

Joseph Anthony Corrao
Pictured, Joseph Anthony Corrao and Pinky the flamingo.
 Joseph Anthony Corrao
Pictured, Joseph Anthony Corrao and Pinky the flamingo.

What led to Joseph Anthony Corrao picking up and violently throwing a much loved Pink Flamingo rendering it to being euthanized?

Joseph Anthony Corrao a 45 year old Orlando man has been arrested after picking up and throwing a much loved Pink Flamingo to the ground leading to officials being forced to euthanize the bird.

So severe were the Busch Gardens Chilean flamingo’s injuries, park officials told of being forced into cutting short Pinky’s life. The incident led to Corrao being charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a third-degree felony, according to Hillsborough County court records.

Read a park statement: ‘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,’

‘She will be sorely missed.’

Tampa police arrested Joseph Anthony Corrao on a charge of felony animal cruelty.

He was visiting Busch Gardens with family around 6:45 p.m., according to police, when witnesses said they saw him reach into the flamingo pen at the Jambo Junction animal viewing area, pick the bird up and throw it to the ground in a rage.

Told the Tampa Bay Times: According to witnesses, he threw the bird to the ground with such force that the bird’s foot was nearly severed,’

The day before the incident, Corrao posted to Facebook on Monday about his planned trip to a Tampa Bay Rays game with his two sons. He said they had box seats.

‘all u can drink and eat free,’ he wrote. ‘i will be tepsy tonight.’

The post led to Corrao’s friends telling him to ‘behave himself’ and to make a good impression for your kids.’

Responded Joseph Corrao: ‘I’ve never been to jail in Tampa.’

The reality is according to Florida Department of Corrections records, Joseph Anthony Corrao had been to prison — for a total of about three years. He was convicted of aggravated assault on a person 65 years or older, felony DUI, and fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

The man had only been released from prison about a year ago.

Pinky was an ‘ambassador animal’ for Busch Gardens, said theme park enthusiast and writer Bill Androckitis. She was famous for doing a Flamenco dance and going to public events.

Androckitis said the pen set up for flamingos at Jambo Junction allows them to walk up to people.

‘But usually if you put your hand out, they’ll run away,‘ he said.

A bird like Pinky likely isn’t as afraid of people — she’s around them more often than most birds.

‘Likely, it wasn’t an issue for her to be approached,’ he said. ‘But I just can’t, I don’t understand. To do that to any animal in the wild or in Busch Gardens is a despicable thing.’

Corrao was first detained by park security and then arrested by Tampa police.

During a court appearance Wednesday, Judge John Conrad said it was Corrao’s mother who yelled for him to drop the bird after he picked it up, WTVT-TV reports.

‘You reached your hand inside the animal pen, it’s alleged you picked up a flamingo that was in there, which you had no legal right to do, apparently your mother yelled for you to put the bird down, and according to multiple witnesses – one, two, three, four, five different witnesses – you threw the bird down with such force that the bird’s foot was nearly severed,’ the judge told Corrao.

Reiterated the judge: ‘It actually borders on depraved,’

‘Mr. Corrao, I don’t know if you have other issues. I don’t know who does that, I really don’t. I don’t relate to that on any level.’

Following the assailant’s Wednesday morning appearance, Judge John Conrad upped Corrao’s bail from $2,000 to $5,000.

He was being held Wednesday in the Hillsborough County jail.

Joseph Anthony Corrao faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted.

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  • fishman

    I think he should be put down, period.

  • fishman

    Joseph Corrao is a piece of shit. He better hope I never see him. I hope he gets all of the 5 years and $10,000 fine, but that isn’t near enough. He should be beaten to within an inch of his life and then put down.

  • Hrbrnz

    He will get his over and over in hell, people like him always get what they deserve. I feel sorry for his sons, hopefully they don’t look up to a degenerate like him. Soon if god is willing he’ll be locked up in a cage like the animal he is.

  • Jeffrey Wilson

    I hope that this piece of TRASH gets the full 5 years and $10,000.00 fine. And I hope he’s beaten regularly by the other pukes in prison. Then, when he’s released, they should give him a lobotomy.

  • Victor

    This happened a year and 15 days after his release from prison on charges that he shot and killed two chained dogs at point-blank range with a shotgun. Corrao has a long history of arrests in Florida, records show, starting at the age of 25 with drug charges. He has also faced charges of hit and run, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a child, driving under the influence, DUI with serious bodily injury and burglary. Yet he receives support from the state (read taxpayers). Why should be have to support a parasite like this guy?

  • richardkpalais

    This moron, Corrao is a real P0S!! He is the one who should be euthanized; better yet, TORTURED! There is NO excuse for what he did to Pinky! He is obviously depraved, sick and a real P0S! I HATE individuals who intentionally hurt harmless loving animals of any kind!

  • Kattygal

    Why does someone like this have to be in society? His bad rap sheet is enough to say no more! Get rid of this pathetic routine drunken ass wipe. I would go for any method of Exterminating this leaching good-for-nothing waste of space. Garbage pickup at the Hillsborough County Jail, please

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  • Michael Kaufmann

    I guess living off the taxpayers, collecting all those disability benefits was more than the big boy could stand.

  • Susan

    I want to hear this guy explain why he did this to this bird. Really we need to bring back the stocks where their head and hands go through the other side and let everyone who is hurt by this have a go at him. This guy should have been banned from entering public facilities and also banned from consuming alcohol. Can you imagine how his children feel knowing that their father is probably the most hated man in the US right now? This is why we have to teach children not to chase, squish, or hurt bugs and small creatures. I always try to teach children that and yet I see parents letting their kids chase squirrels with sticks or pull parts off of bugs. It all starts with actions like that. Think about it parents.

  • Just a mom❤️❤️❤️

    Bet you mom paid for the game and Bush Garden tickets.. No doubt he has lots of issues!!!

  • CookiePussSonOfFudgie

    Beats up old people and kills a harmless flamingo. What a scumbag.

  • Kate W

    How did GA not make that list? It is trailer parks and food stamp central over there.

  • Kate W

    He is a Mexican illegal with fake papers if you asked me.

  • Kate W

    Please, more like 4’7 tall retard.

  • Kate W

    Nothing except his mind is a sick place. He does not deserve to be among humans. He is beneath anything that exists.

  • Kate W

    Disgusting ugly animal. He should be killed by firing squad or better yet, cut off limb by limb until he dies. That is the kind of mercy this ugly disgusting beast deserves.

  • Thais Copeland

    They need to give him more than 5 years in jail and at least 20 years and $ 1,000,000.00 infraction for what he did and also have someone pick him up and throw him down everyday to the ground like he did to Pinky.

  • J T

    And all the negro thugs support Hitlery, so what’s your point?

  • J T

    Screw lifelong prison, we need to EUATHANIZE these worthless POS scumbags after their very FIRST unprovoked violent attack against an innocent person or animal!

  • Florent

    No, really he is a Trump supporter and army vet from his FB before they took it down. His pics look like any typical Florida redneck type.

  • strommy8

    could be cause they are the most ignorant or inbred, not sure which

  • strommy8

    shoot this stupid f er dead and spare the world another compete and utter LOSER

  • Matt Shine

    For the record, if you look at the ranking of states that depend the most on government assistance you find that Red/conservative states tend to be the most dependent.

    For 2016 the top 10 are:

    New Mexico
    South Dakota
    West Virginia

    The least 10:

    New York
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey

  • Best

    Man vs the earth as the extinction cycle continues.

  • I hope this piece of trash gets sent back to prison and gets some “shank justice”

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    He’s already collecting benefits from the state.

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    Leave Hillary out of this bs.

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    He killed TWO dogs who were tied up. He shot them close range execution style with a shotgun. Paint that terrible visual into your head. He claimed they killed his children’s rabbits. That’s no excuse to fire off a weapon in a neighborhood, killing two dogs. He has anger issues and has no conscious.

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    I’m reading he threw the bird down “in a fit of rage”

    Tell me…what could have caused this P0S to go into a fit of rage while at a zoo’s bird enclosure??? Did his mother tell him he couldn’t have any candy at the gift shop? I heard his mother even had to tell him to put the bird down. 45 years old…getting reprimanded by mom because he’s bsc and psychotic. He should have been the one euthanized today, we already have enough of these dirtbags walking around, draining the system and offering NOTHING to society besides pain and misery.

  • MoonManLives

    no self-respecting Trump supporter would be living off of the government’s teat like this guy, sounds more like a Hillary supporter.

  • Lisa Kay Lockwood

    Why was this man ever released from custody? Time and time again I hear about bad actors with lengthy criminal backgrounds committing atrocities. We must stop releasing these people. We cannot reform them, we are not obligated to, and we cannot impose them upon society. We do not need more laws; we need lifelong prison sentences and NO PAROLE for guys like this!

  • Florent

    He is a Trump supporter.

  • noillusion

    This is infuriating. He’s done jail time for assaulting a person over 65 years old, felony DUI, running from police; and the news in Tampa just reported he killed his neighbor’s dog. He’s nothing, but a 5 foot 5 inch, 205 pound coward. I’m female, and if I was there, I would’ve kicked his ass.

  • joeymom

    I hope he gets the full five years and $10K.

  • AndSo

    Lowlife. They euthanized the wrong animal.