People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a French-speaking man who lured a tiny squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon with bread crumbs and then kicked the animal off into the abyss.
A second man, also wearing boxer shorts and a cowboy hat, appeared to take photographs from a camera as his friend carried out the cruel act.
In the video, which was removed by YouTube, shows the underwear cowboy laying out what appears to be bread crumbs for the grey squirrel from a small plastic bag, luring it towards the cliff edge.
As the squirrel nears the edge, the man sneaks up behind the animal kicking it over the edge. The video shows the squirrel flying through the air into the abyss below.
According to MetroUK:
‘I did not realise what was happening until it was too late,’ Mr Hildebrand wrote.
‘I do not know who they are. All I know is that they were French.’
“If he is prosecuted and found guilty, he could spend up to six months in jail and be fined $5,000,” Grand Canyon park spokeswoman, Maureen Oltrogge, said Wednesday morning.