A cruel gang of young kids kicked a flamingo to death and left another fighting for its life in a sick attack at a zoo.
The children, aged five, six and eight, threw rocks at a defenceless group of American flamingos at Jihlava Zoo in Czech Republic’s Vysocina region.
The group of boys reportedly climbed over a fence then threw wood and stones at the flock and kicked tow of them.
Only after they were disturbed by an electrician did the boys run away.
The two female birds that were kicked received serious injuries, with one dying of its wounds.
An open fracture caused the bird to bleed out. The other injured flamingo is so badly bruised that zoo vets are not sure whether it will survive.
The boys fled towards nearby woodland but because they had been caught on CCTV, police officers managed to find and apprehend them, at Jakubske square in Jihlava’s city centre.
Zoo spokesman Martin Malac told Czech media that the boys expressed no regret for what they had done to the birds.
They refused to talk to municipal police so the officers called in state cops to deal with them. No motive for the attack has been reported.
Police are investigating and it remains possible that the boys’ parents will have to pay for the damage they caused.
It was not clear whether the offending boys, who were not named, are related.
Where the boys’ parents were at the time of the incident was likewise unreported.
Zoo employee Richard Viduna asked for the public’s help in reporting cases of animal abuse, telling Czech media: “It would be helpful for us if the visitors would pay attention to acts such as these and report them.”
The dead American flamingo was a survivor of the floods at Prague Zoo in 2002.