Report: Man gets 10 days in jail for punching swan

Author: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A Florida newspaper reports a homeless man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for punching a swan near an Orlando lake.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 59-year-old Sor Angel Velez, listed as a transient in court papers, was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to injuring the bird.

Police report that two off-duty police officers saw Velez punch a mother swan at Lake Eola Park on Sunday evening after she reached for him when he stepped too close to her babies.

Besides the jail time, Velez also was banned from the park.

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