Three young boys have beaten a flamingo to death and badly injured another at a Czech zoo.
The youngsters – aged five, six and eight – committed the unspeakable act by throwing rocks at the birds. According to local reports, they initially tried to attack an entire flock of the American flamingos at Jihlava Zoo in the Czech Republic’s south-central Vysocina Region.
The children, who have not been named, are thought to have scaled a fence to get near enough to the flamingos to be able to strike them with the rocks. They were kicking two of the birds when a local workman interrupted them. They fled the scene but police tracked them down using CCTV footage.
This is the latest in a series of shocking attacks on zoo animals which Heat Street has reported. Earlier this month, a male white rhino was shot dead by poachers at a zoo in the Parisian suburb of Thoiry. The poachers sawed off the rhino’s horn. Just a few days earlier in the north African state of Tunisia, a group of visitors at Belvedere Zoo in the country’s capital Tunis pelted a crocodile to death in what city officials denounced as “savage behavior.” And last month a much loved hippopotamus called Gustavito died after being savagely beaten in El Salvador’s national zoo.
The flamingo killed in the latest attack had been a survivor of the floods at Prague Zoo in 2002. He was 16 years old and a father to eight young. Flamingos tend to live to around 30 or 40 years of age.
Martin Malac, the zoo’s spokesman, told Czech media that the boys had expressed no regret for what they had done.
It’s claimed they refused to talk to municipal police so officers had to call in state police to deal with them.
They are still investigating. It’s thought likely the boys’ parents will have to pay a fine. The flamingo which died was valued at about 50,000 crowns (about $2,000).