Meet William Hunter Hardesty. Hardesty posted video of himself “manhandling and jumping on top of” a pelican in Key West, boasted about it to other vacationers, and ended up charged with animal cruelty.
Florida investigators were not amused, and the FWC issued a 10-page warrant for his arrest on charges of animal cruelty to a migratory bird and intentionally feeding a pelican.
Hardesty was apparently so proud of the recognition he got for the March 5 stunt that he bragged about it this week to some people staying at the same Ocean City, Maryland, hotel where he was staying.
Those folks called the police.
There are worse things one can do to pelicans, I suppose, but the best policy is not to do anything at all.