Former Indiana wrestler Rocco Mantella was arrested in late April for kicking swans in the head, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel’s David Harris.
Yes, you read that right.
According to the report, witnesses spotted the 34-year-old Mantella “practicing karate” on the swans around 9:30 a.m. on April 26 at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. After he was arrested, the report stated that Mantella was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and was taken to the Orange County Jail on a $1,000 bound.
One witness claimed that Mantella kicked the swans in the head, and one in the backside, “as hard as possible,” causing them to fall down, according to the report. In addition, the report noted that Mantella also kicked a duck that appeared to be sleeping.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) April 26, 2018
According to the report, another witness said that Mantella was laughing after he saw her reaction.
Mantella wrestled at Indiana during the 2000s and has also done some MMA fighting.