The Grand Canyon. Photo Getty
An animal rights group has offered a reward of nearly
$US17,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona's Grand
Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet.
Appealing to members of the public to help catch the
"heartless thug," the UK branch of People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged anyone with details about
the "infamous" case to contact the Grand Canyon's chief
In the video, a shirtless man is seen apparently feeding the
squirrel before booting it off the edge of a cliff and into
the crimson-hued canyon. It has since been removed by
Park rangers have been investigating since they were alerted
to the existence of the video earlier this week, and they
believe it was filmed within Grand Canyon National Park.
Few other details are clear, said park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn
Shedlowski, including when and exactly where the recording
might have been made.
If caught, the person responsible could face a charge of
wildlife harassment, which carries a penalty of up to six
months in jail and a $5,000 fine, Shedlowski said.