Pinky, a 19-year-old dancing Chilean flamingo at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., had to be euthanized Tuesday after being thrown to the ground by a 45-year-old Orlando man, according to Tampa police.
Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45, was at the park with his family in the Jambo Junction Animal Viewing area at about 6:45 p.m. when he reached into the animal pen, grabbed Pinky and threw her to the ground, police said.
Pinky was taken to the animal care center, but had to be euthanized because of the severity of her injuries, Busch Gardens said in a 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," a spokeswoman for Busch Gardens said in a statement. "She will be sorely missed."