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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Perry White, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/30/BAG4NOUOVA1.DTL (via The Obscure Store)

    Man serves 5 months for killing ostrich that pummeled him
    He shot it after women watched bird beat him up

    A Half Moon Bay man who shot an ostrich to death after the flightless bird pummeled him and his friend when they trespassed on a coastal ranch was ordered released Thursday after serving five months in jail for animal abuse.

    Jonathon Porter, 20 -- who prosecutors say killed for revenge after the bird humiliated him in front of women he was trying to impress -- was sentenced Thursday by Judge John Grandsaert, in effect, to time served. He was also placed on probation and ordered to attend animal-cruelty counseling.
    "Apparently the young ladies expressed an interest in seeing the ostriches," Porter's attorney, James McNair Thompson, said after Thursday's hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City. "That all sounded like a good idea until the ostrich physically attacked (McKevitt and Porter), and apparently he got the better of them."

    With their long necks, adult male ostriches can grown up to 9 feet tall and weigh between 220 to 287 pounds, according to the San Diego Zoo. The birds typically have a 4-inch claw on each foot, and can produce a kick powerful enough to kill a lion, according to information on the zoo's Web site.

    Gaylord kicked McKevitt in the ribs and knocked him to the ground, according to a police report. Porter suffered scrapes and bruises when the ostrich kicked him.

    "And at that point, the crucial thing happened," Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. "Apparently the girls started laughing."

    Porter and McKevitt drove away with the women, then allegedly armed themselves with a rifle and shotgun.

    "We knew what had to be done," Porter told investigators, according to the police report.

    The two returned to the ostrich farm and opened fire on Gaylord, firing at least seven shots, according to the report.

    "This whole thing is about male pride," Wagstaffe said. "The ostrich knocked them both on their butts."

    Thompson said he would "hesitate to ascribe any sort of rational motive" to the killing.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Once did the same thing to a mockingbird that humiliated me.

    Damn mockingbird!
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

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