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Child Admits Killing Gulf of Mexico Dolphin with Arrow

Patricia Didelot - Inquisitr
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December 22, 2014

A child in Florida has confessed to killing a wild dolphin with a bow and arrow, according to federal investigators.

The disturbing case reveals that the male dolphin was shot with the arrow, though it initially survived the attack. However, it later died from an infection brought on by the fatal wounds at the hands of a child off of the Florida coast.

Police say the child has signed a written confession, stating he committed the heinous act after the dolphin washed up on shore severely wounded. The bottlenose dolphin died of an infection caused by the hunting arrow lodged into its body at least five days after being shot, the New York Daily News reports.

Even thought the arrow used to attack the dolphin has been confiscated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the identity of the child has not been revealed publicly at this time, the organization said in a statement.

Considering the culprit is a minor, the NOAA will not disclose his or her identity or the charges he or she may face for killing the dolphin. Perpetrators of crimes against wild animals face criminal charges and fines, which can be as steep as $100,000.

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