Police: Man kicked swans in the head at Orlando park

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Police say they’ve arrested a 34-year-old Orlando man after people at a park saw him kicking swans in the head.

An arrest reports says police were called Thursday morning to Orlando’s Lake Eola Park, which is known for its swans and swan-shaped paddle boats.

Multiple people told officers they saw Rocco Joseph Mantella kicking swans “as hard as possible” as he appeared to practice karate.

The report says Mantella also kicked a sleeping duck.

One witness told investigators Mantella appeared to laugh when he saw her reaction.

Mantella was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge and remained in the Orange County Jail on Friday. Jail records don’t list a lawyer for him.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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