Some people just can’t handle Vegas.
Early Friday morning, two University of California-Berkeley law students captured a 14-year old parrot from a wildlife exhibit in the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Security cameras show the two students, Eric Cuellar and Justin Tiexeira, both 24, chasing the bird into a bunch of trees and then emerging from the vegetation with the bird in hand…headless. Apparently, the two future lawyers decapitated the bird, which was a helmeted guinea fowl, and then laughed about it before they were arrested.
The two are currently facing FELONY charges of conspiracy and the willful and malicious torture and/or killing of wildlife.
I feel as if this is a bit excessive. I mean, it’s unfortunate that some bird had to meet an untimely death at the hands of two blacked out 24 year olds, but I’m sure the bird had it coming in some form. Also, the Flamingo Hotel & Casino is home to HUNDREDS of animals, among which include flamingos, swans, ducks, and turtles, so it’s not as if they are hurting for other birds. Maybe winged animal torture is a little too extreme of a way to express your drunk aggression, but it’s not warranting of a felony charge.
On the other hand, if these two do wind up in jail for this crime against the bird community, they will look like the biggest pussies ever…because they’re in jail for snapping the head off of a parrot, whereas their cellmates will have acquired similar living situations by snapping the heads off of actual people.
You would think most people would realize “The Hangover” as a learning tool is not something to strive for. Vegas+partying+animals do NOT a winning combination make.