The soccer player who kicked an injured owl off the field during a match in Colombia has been suspended for two matches and fined the equivalent of $560.
Luis Moreno, a defender for Colombian club Deportivo Pereira, kicked the owl after the injured bird landed in a corner of the field.
Here's the kick that set off an entire owl-loving nation...
The owl died of shock 30 hours later despite treatment at a local veterinary clinic.
The owl served as the unofficial mascot for Colombian club Atletico Junior, which defeated Pereira 2-1 over the weekend. Moreno apologized and said he was only trying to get the bird off the field and did not know it was a team mascot.
By punting it... right...
"This animal was a symbol for the fans from Barranquilla," Colombian officials said in a statement. "Given that the aggressive act took place in their home stadium and in the clear view of all the fans, this act can be legitimately interpreted as provocative."
Moreno admitted since: "I have received threats."
The HQ wonders if anyone threatened to kick Moreno like that...