ClickOrlandoA man was arrested after police said he kicked several swans and a sleeping duck while practicing karate at Lake Eola. Several witnesses reported the incident to police. One witness told police he saw Rocco Mantella, 34, practicing karate in the park. The witness said Mantella kicked two swans in the head and another swan in the backside, according to the report. Police said the kicks were “as hard as possible” and enough to cause the swans to fall to the ground. Another witness told police she witnessed Mantella intentionally go after a swan and kick the animal in the head, according to the report. The witness told police when Mantella noticed her reaction he began laughing and continued to harass the animals around him. Mantella also kicked a small duck that appeared to be sleeping, according the report. Orlando Police arrested Mantella on a felony aggravated animal cruelty charge. Police said Mantella had complete awareness that his kicks to the swans could cause serious injury or death, and that all of the kicks were intentional.
First off, if you practice karate in a public park, you’re an asshole. Practice your katas in the dojo, or in the privacy of your own home, practicing karate in a park is just showing off. If you’re practicing karate in a park, you’re a special kind of asshole, one who would try to kill defenseless birds with their karate techniques. If Rocco Mantella just kicked a swan, I might be willing to give him a pass, swans can be aggressive and territorial, so he could have been acting in self defense. However, Rocco Mantella also “kicked a small duck that appeared to be sleeping”, and that’s enough evidence to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
Only in Florida:
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