April 26, 2016 – A Florida man has been charged with kicking a pelican in Orlando’s Eola Park while he was practicing karate.
According to the arrest report, several witnesses claimed they saw Rocco Mantella, 34, of Jacksonville leave the main driveway at Lake Eola Park around 9:20 a.m. to kick two swans — one in the back and one in the head during a karate class.
An eyewitness claimed that Mantella laughed when he saw her reaction to kicking a swan. He then kicked the swan with a Chuck Norris-style kick. Mantella seemed to find the situation terrifying and the eyewitness watched horrified again.
Another witness claimed that Mantella also kicked a sleeping duck.
They were unable to locate the animals that had allegedly been kicked.
Mantella was accused of cruelty to animals. She is currently being held on $1,000 bail.
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