Rare Bird Beheaded By Two Students in Las Vegas

A beautiful helmeted guinea fowl named Turk was beheaded last Friday in Las Vegas.

Why did this happen? Apparently two law students from Berkeley, California thought this would be really funny: surveillance video allegedly shows them laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl at the Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

What kind of sick, depraved mind thinks it is fun to terrorize and decapitate an exotic bird?

The bird was part of the hotel’s Wildlife Habitat, described thus by the hotel on their website:

Appropriately enough, the Flamingo Las Vegas resort is home to a flock of live Chilean Flamingos! These birds, as well as a collection of other feathered friends, fascinate our guests and populate our Wildlife Habitat.

In addition to our namesake, you’ll find swans, ducks, koi, and turtles populating these grounds. All of our animals are carefully tended by experts and live on islands and streams surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and lush foliage.

But instead of admiring the wildlife display, these two barbarians decided to climb over the fence, chase this bird into a tree, and kill it.  According to witnesses, the two emerged carrying the body and severed head of the bird.

Police were called to the scene around 9:35 a.m. on Friday morning, and they arrested Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, both 24 and students at the Berkeley School of Law.

From Fox News:

“I (expletive) killed wildlife,” said Teixeira to Cuellar, as he reportedly threw the body of the dead bird to him, a witness told police.

The suspects were arrested and refused to talk to police. Both asked to speak to lawyers.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said criminal charges have not been officially filed yet but are likely to come in the next few weeks.

The two men were booked at the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of conspiracy and willful, malicious torture or killing of wildlife. They have since made bail.

Meanwhile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Christopher Edley Jr., the head of UC Berkeley School of Law, said he was concerned about “the students’ actions off campus, but it’s up to the Nevada legal system to examine the facts and rule in this case. It’s premature to speculate about any possible consequences. The justice system must run its course.”

Let’s just hope these young thugs never become full-blown lawyers.

41 states, plus the District of Columbia, have felony provisions for animal cruelty. These laws are in place to deter violence by humans as well as to protect animals by imposing penalties for cruelty.

Thankfully, Nevada is one of these states. Cooney’s Law, which was passed last year, makes the intentional killing of an animal a felony in Nevada.

The bill was named after a northern Nevada shelter dog who was brutally tortured with a box cutter and killed by his owner; at the time that crime only came with a misdemeanor charge.

Under the new law, if these two young men are found guilty, they could face between one and four years in prison.

What do you think? Is that justice?

At least this time, what happened in Vegas will not stay in Vegas.


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Richard Hancock
Richard Hancock5 years ago


Manel Dias
Manel Dias6 years ago

What type of law students they are talking about? It is time to show them now 'How the Law works' Lock these two idiots and show them the proper way how the laws work when it comes to harrass and butcher and take another's life. You two morans should suffer the hell on earth before you perish one day.

Cheryl P.
Cheryl P6 years ago

Oh BTW to John H the average lifespan of Guineas is 10-20 years. Shorter lifespans are usually due to predation or birds escaping to the wild. In captivity and with good care I wouldn't doubt that the bird in question was 14. But then most people don't know that the average chicken can live to be 20 either. It really depends on the conditions.

Cheryl P.
Cheryl P6 years ago

Some Guinea fowl colors ar more rare than others but Guineas as a whole are not well known by the average person. Regardless the fact that these 2 men would even consider doing this and in a public place is beyond reason. What would they do in private???
At the very least they should be barred, no pun intended, from ever being able to practice law anywhere in the US. They clearly have no respect for life or the property of others.

Mike and Janis B.
Janis B6 years ago

How come these depraved bastards got bail. What the sort of raising did their parents do produce such monsters. Sickening.

paula eaton
paula eaton6 years ago

Lock up these pyschopaths up forever. Better yet just behead them, they are a waste of breath. Poor defenseless bird.

Aileen C.
AILEEN C6 years ago

We may not like it but this type of person, sadly, maily male is always with us. Why I don't really know, some are just bornm like it.
We had a seven year old boy shooting new born lambs in the head. They have no reason, they feel the power and have no consciences, control, or are just born lacking in humanity.
Sad, but they are all around us.

Cheri L.
Cheri L6 years ago

Usually I don't jump on the band wagon of hang the culprits as most animal abusers are sick and in need of mental help. These two however are privileged spoiled brats who think they are entitled. Felony charges should jeopardize their futures as lawyers and well it should.They must pay the ultimate price of losing what they had hoped would be cushy jobs . A poor kid who makes a mistake with a precocious teeny bopper is on the sex offender list, and these wealthier kids should also pay the price for their stupidity as well. For those who don't see a correspondence, a stupid decision is a stupid decision.

Klaus Peters
Klaus Peters6 years ago

Sad to see how irresponsible and stupid young people are these days. Those idiots should be handed the maximum penalty. I hope they will get a few years in jail to give them time to think about their useless lives.

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo6 years ago

It's worrying to read how stupid two young men can be, are they our future?