By Alex Wellman
Colleagues of the zookeeper saw him beating the giant bird and told their supervisors who confronted the man only for him to blame a pony
A bungling French zookeeper who beat an ostrich to death with a shovel blamed the killing on an innocent pony.
The unnamed zookeeper falsely accused the pony after shocked colleagues at a zoo in La Teste-de-Buch, southwest France, discovered the giant bird had died.
The ostrich shared a pen with an elderly pony and despite a number of co-workers seeing the man beat the animal over the head with a shovel, he claimed he had nothing to do with it.
According to the New York Daily News, the man claimed the bird had been killed by a savage kick from its equine roommate.
However, closer inspection showed that the bird had died from a blow to the head from a shovel.
The man was sentenced to jail for six months, four of which were suspended, and ordered to pay a fine of 5,000 Euros as well as being fired from his job of 15 years.