Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Another Busch Gardens flamingo attacked less than a year after Pinky's death

TAMPA — A 19-year-old was arrested on charges he threw a rock and hit a flamingo Friday at Busch Gardens, police said.

This is the second time a patron has attacked one of the park's flamingoes in less than a year.

Julian Antonio Marquez, 19, was arrested on animal cruelty charges, Tampa police said. Witnesses told investigators they saw him throw a rock, causing a flamingo to fall to the ground in the park's bird garden.

Busch Gardens spokeswoman Karen Varga-Sinka said the bird appeared to be uninjured Saturday. It was back with its flock, she said, and didn't seem to be under distress. Park workers are continuing to monitor its condition.

In August 2016, an Orlando man was charged with picking up and throwing the park's famous dancing flamingo, Pinky, to the ground. The bird was so injured it had to be euthanized.

Joseph Corrao, the man accused of throwing Pinky, is still going through the court system in Hillsborough County. He was declared incompetent to stand trial in February and was ordered a month later to undergo in-home competency training for his aggravated animal cruelty charge trial.

Sara DiNatale, Times staff writer

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