Cops: Students Killed Rare Bird at Vegas Casino

Pair allegedly laughed about beheading bird
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2012 2:56 AM CDT
The pair was caught on camera chasing the guineafowl into trees and emerging with its decapitated body.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

(Newser) – What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas if you do something as stupid as decapitating an exotic bird—inside a casino. Two University of California, Berkeley, law students have been arrested for allegedly killing the helmeted guinea fowl inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino’s wildlife habitat, which is home to many types of birds, ABC reports.

Police say surveillance video captured the men chasing the bird into some trees Friday morning and then emerging carrying its body and severed head. Witnesses say they saw the pair throwing the bird around and laughing. The men have been charged with conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife, which is a felony in Nevada. (Read more Las Vegas stories.)

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