WARNING — DISTRESSING CONTENT: A teenager and boy, 13, have been arrested and police are hunting a third man after a video of the trio allegedly kicking and stabbing a bird circulated social media.
The video was taken at Sydney's Walsh Bay and NSW Police said they were made aware of it on Friday.
Footage allegedly shows the group kicking, stabbing and stomping on the cormorant after it got caught on a fishing line. Police claim the bird died as a result.
Someone can be heard laughing in the background during the alleged attack.
Police investigating the alleged incident said the video was filmed on March 4.
Officers were able to identify a 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man in the footage.
On Saturday, police arrested the 13-year-old boy at a home in Revesby. The 18-year-old was arrested a short time later and the two were taken to Bankstown Police Station.
"The 18-year-old has since been charged with serious animal cruelty and was granted conditional bail and is expected to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on March 31," NSW Police said in a statement.
"The 13-year-old was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act."
Inquiries are still ongoing and police are trying to identify the third male in the video.
He 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.
"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," police said.
Officers are hoping to speak to anyone who can identify him.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
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