Two Sydney teenagers have been arrested after they allegedly bashed and stomped a bird to death when it became caught on a fishing lines in a sickening attack which was posted online.
During the brief clip, three fishermen can be seen reeling in the helpless cormorant at a wharf near Walsh Bay before allegedly kicking and stomping it to death.
One man can be heard saying “take him bro” and another is heard laughing as the bird is killed by three men.
After viewing the footage last week, police identified two teenage boys – aged 18 and 13 – before they were arrested on Saturday.
The 13-year-old was arrested at a Revesby home and taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
An 18-year-old man was arrested a short time later and charged with serious animal cruelty offences.
He was granted bail and will appear in the Downing Centre Local Court later this month.
NSW Police said they were seeking to speak to a third man who was allegedly involved in the attack.
“The man in the video is described as being of Mediterranean / Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his late teens or early 20s, with a medium build, black mohawk-style haircut, and a beard,” Police said in a statement.
“In the vision the man is seen wearing a black singlet with a white logo across it, black three-quarter length pants and black sneakers.”