A homeless man has been charged with animal cruelty after he killed a pelican with his bare hands.

But he wasn't hateful — just hungry.

Sergio Alvarez had been fishing with no luck before he turned his sights on a pelican. Alvarez was presumably going to eat the bird, but witnesses contacted the police before he had a chance.

With all due respect to the pelican, this seems less a case of animal cruelty and more a circle of life sort of thing. Pelican eats fish. Man eats pelican. It's unconventional, but it's not outside the realm of comprehension.

On the other hand, strangling a pelican does sound awful — especially because those long, vulnerable necks seem like a real evolutionary disadvantage.

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