Student snatches flamingo from US zoo

2014-10-09 22:00
FILE PHOTO: Flamingo. (James Warwick, AP File)

FILE PHOTO: Flamingo. (James Warwick, AP File)

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Hattiesburg - A 19-year-old college student on a scavenger hunt has been charged with snatching a Chilean Flamingo from a zoo in what police say was a prank gone wrong.

Hattiesburg police spokesperson Jon Traxler says Devin Nottis of Pascagoula is charged with grand larceny. The University of Southern Mississippi student was arrested on Wednesday night.

The executive director of the organisation that runs the Hattiesburg Zoo says the female bird was taken at 01:08 on Tuesday and located several kilometres away. Rick Taylor says it was returned to the zoo and had to be put down because of its injuries.

Hattiesburg police say the students were on a scavenger hunt but Nottis took a flamingo instead of taking a picture of the bird.

Security cameras captured images of the kidnappers.

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