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Competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death case

Competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death case

  • Pinky, a Chilean flamingo, was thrown to the ground and killed Tuesday at Busch Gardens.
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  • TAMPA – The man accused of killing a flamingo last summer at Busch Gardens is due in court today for a hearing on whether he is competent to continue toward trial.
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  • Park guest Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45 (inset), faces a felony charge in the death.

TAMPA — The man accused of killing a flamingo last summer at Busch Gardens is due in court today for a hearing on whether he is competent to continue toward trial.

@TB_Times: Competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death case

Pinky, a Chilean flamingo, was thrown to the ground and killed Tuesday at Busch Gardens. Park guest Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45 (inset), faces a felony charge in the death. [Busch Gardens, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]

TAMPA — The man accused of killing a flamingo last summer at Busch Gardens is due in court today for a hearing on whether he is competent to continue toward trial.

The 9 a.m. hearing is scheduled to address whether Joseph Corrao understands and is able to participate in court proceedings. His attorney is asking to have doctors examine Corrao for mental illness, according to court records.

Corrao, who lives in Orlando, is facing a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals stemming from the death of Pinky, a beloved pink flamingo that served as one of Busch Gardens’ animal ambassadors.

Corrao, 45, was visiting the theme park with his family Aug. 2 when he reached into an animal pen, grabbed the bird, and slammed her to the ground, police said. Its leg nearly severed, Pinky was later euthanized.

The bird’s death drew sorrow and outrage across Tampa Bay.

Police arrested Corrao, who posted $5,000 bail a few days later.

Competency questioned in Busch Gardens flamingo death case

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