If you said Flamingo homicide, there is a job waiting for you with the security staff of Busch Gardens. Joseph Corrao, 45, is a brute with a long and violent criminal history who recently went to Busch Gardens with his mother and three children. He then proceeded to grab Pinky, a favorite Chilean flamingo and threw her to the ground. He tore her foot almost completely off and she was eventually euthanized.
Pinky was a great draw at Busch Gardens and even danced the flamenco on television. That ended with the visit by Corrao around 7 pm. He first picked up a different flamingo, but then picked up Pinky and threw her to the ground. Pinky was almost 20 years old.
Corrao is a real piece of work. He has been previously arrested on drug charges, 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. He is now charged with felony animal cruelty. This latest charge occurred almost on the anniversary after his release from prison for shooting two chained dogs with a shotgun. He said that the dogs killed a pet rabbit of his daughter.
If this was all not bad enough, Corrao posted on Facebook the day before to say how excited he was about going to a Tampa Bay Rays game with his sons in a box with free booze, adding “i will be tepsy tonight.”
Chilean flamingos are relatively rare and live to the age of 50 or so.