Outrage in Australia After Teens Beat Blind Flamingo

The beating of a blind flamingo at a zoo in Australia has sparked outrage and prompted calls to review laws preventing underage offenders from being named.

Readers of the AdelaideNow newspaper have vented their fury over Wednesday's attack on the Adelaide Zoo's 78-year-old flamingo — one of the zoo's main attractions since the 1930s.

Police arrested and charged four teenagers, including two 17-year-olds, but their identities will not be revealed under laws that prevent alleged offenders being named if they are under 18.

The youths, from Broadview and Enfield, will appear in Adelaide Youth Court on Nov. 13. They were charged with aggravated ill treatment of an animal. A Payneham man, 18, and a Campbelltown man, 19, will appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court in February.

Adelaide defense lawyer Craig Caldicott said while he was unaware of the circumstances of the older teens, they might also have a case to argue that their names be suppressed.

The teenagers are believed to be the first in the state charged with aggravated animal cruelty since new laws took effect earlier this month.

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