Unfortunately a dirty little secret came out during the United States Senate Primary regarding doing indecent things to farm animals up in the Pine Belt but this looks to me like four college age males doing something very stupid. Here is the surveillance video of the perpetrators:
The details are few but we do have this from the Hattiesburg Zoo Facebook page:
Last night/early this morning one of our Chilean Flamingos was taken from the Zoo. The flamingo was found several miles from the Zoo and was returned to us this morning so severely injured that it had to be euthanized. Video surveillance shows 4 people inside the Zoo at approximately 1:08 am. An eye witness also saw a group of people scaling the Zoo fence around the same time last night, carrying what appeared to be a large bird. We are asking for your help in solving this and would like for you to please come forward with any information that you have. Thank you!
Since the perpetrators look college age we must turn to the Urban Dictionary for some clues and sure enough I found one here which accurately describes at least one of the perpetrators. And then there is the unthinkable, of life imitating art in the name of a twisted literature project. [Full episode here]
Whatever the backstory, if my instincts are right and this is four young adults attending Southern Miss doing something very stupid, we’ll all know their identities in short order. Worth noting is avian torture and murder is not a new thing up in the ‘burg no siree as the gang at Southern Miss killed their own mascot Nugget II from sheer neglect and then embarked on a cover up back in the early 90s.