9th October 2014
By Emily Le Coz
JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A late-night fraternity prank at a zoo turned deadly for two pink flamingoes, authorities said, and left a Mississippi freshman in jail on Thursday, facing felony charges.
Devin Nottis, a 19-year-old at the University of Southern Mississippi, was charged with grand larceny, trespassing and two counts of animal cruelty after he and nine other students sneaked into the Hattiesburg Zoo early on Tuesday and stole a female flamingo, authorities said.
"My understanding is that they were on a scavenger hunt from the fraternity and were told to take a picture with a swan," said Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, which oversees the zoo's operations.