Florida pelican bites Maryland asshole after getting tackled


A Florida pelican bit a Maryland man's face after being tackled in Key West last week.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating Hunter Hardesty after he posted a video of himself on Facebook attacking the federally protected brown pelican.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the FWC informed Sheriff Rick Ramsay Monday that the agency is in the process of filing two criminal charges against Hardesty for animal cruelty and molestation of a protected species.

The video shows the Maryland man luring the pelican to the edge of the harbor with what looks like a fish and then jumping into the water on top of the bird.

Onlookers laugh as Hardesty holds on to the stunned pelican with both hands, while a woman tells him she's going to call the authorities if he doesn't get out of the water.

The pelican seizes it chance and slaps a distracted Hardesty with its wing. The bird then lunges at the man and bites Hardesty's face with its beak before flapping away.

Hardesty later posted on Facebook in the video's comments about the pelican, saying "Next time ima eat him for dinner!! Wonder what they taste like."


Orlando Weekly reached out to Hardesty for a comment but did not hear back immediately.

FWC spokesperson Rob Klepper says the state agency is taking Hardesty's video "seriously."

"Our law enforcement division is investigating the incident for possible criminal violations," Klepper says in a statement.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says there are other pictures and videos of Hardesty allegedly holding a Key deer, which is also a federal protected animal. 

"I shared the anger of those who contacted me regarding this video," Sheriff Ramsay says in a statement. "This type of behavior – the abuse of animals – will not be tolerated on my watch and I know our law enforcement partners at the FWC and at the federal level share that mindset."

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