Updated: 04/08/16 : 08:26:30
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World :: Flamingo put down after brutal attack by man

A man "violently" threw a flamingo to the ground at a Florida theme park, causing injuries which led to the bird being put down, police have said.

Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45, was visiting Busch Gardens in Tampa with his family on Tuesday when he allegedly reached into a pen at an animal viewing area.

Other park goers said they saw him pick up Pinky the dancing flamingo and "violently" throw it to the ground at the attraction's Jambo Junction area.

The bird was left with injuries so "traumatic" that it had to be euthanised, said Busch Gardens.