A creep who jumped proper right into a Key West lagoon and manhandled a pelican wound up with a chew on the face from the big-beaked chook — and a flurry of biting criticism on Facebook.
Hunter Hardesty, of Davidson, Maryland, posted video of himself dangling a small fish off the sting of a dock, luring a pelican nearer.
The video subsequent reveals him leaping into the water and onto the large chook, which winds up momentarily submerged. It then reveals him holding the chook aloft like a trophy.
The pelican quickly bit Hardesty in the face and flapped away.
“Next time Ima [sic] eat him for dinner !!” Hardesty posted. “Wonder what they taste like.”
The video, posted Thursday, had been seen 34,000 events by midday Saturday.
Other pictures on Hardesty’s Facebook net web page current him gloatingly antagonizing additional wildlife, along with holding aloft a seagull and a brand new youngster deer.
The Facebook outcry over the pelican posting included such suggestions as: “”Loser!!!!” and “Jail time for this idiot.”
“The book blowin up on a Friday !!” he gloated a day after posting the video. “Sheesh.”
Others linked to a capitalgazette.com story from 2016, detailing his arrest on charges he and a pal beat up a man at a bar in Crofton, Md., and stole his pockets.
Under Florida regulation, it’s illegal to even feed or attempt to entice a pelican, the Miami Herald reported.
“The intentional feeding or the placement of food that attracts pelicans and modifies the natural behavior of the pelican so as to be detrimental to the survival or health of a local population is prohibited,” the Herald quotes the regulation saying.