A horrifying video posted to YouTube over the weekend that appears to show a man kicking a squirrel over a cliff into the Grand Canyon was quickly going viral until YouTube took the clip down late Monday for violating its terms of service.
Little is known about the video, and its authenticity has not been confirmed, but USA Today reports that park officials believe the video was shot at the Grand Canyon.
"The rangers do believe it is at Grand Canyon in the national park," said Grand Canyon National Parkspokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski. "It is under investigation. We are working with YouTube to see if we can get any additional information."
The video shows two men clad only in underpants and straw hats. One lays a trail of bread crumbs out for a nearby squirrel, leading to the edge of the cliff. As the second man captures the scene on a camera, the first budding sociopath puts on one shoe, then kicks the squirrel to its death.
The 15-second video posted on YouTube is headlined “squirrel kicked into the Grand Canyon by French thugs.” It “was uploaded to YouTube by a user claiming he was only just a witness and had no part in the evil joke,” according to the Daily Mail
, which reports the man also said he did not realize what was happening until it was too late.
Shedlowski tells USA Today she could not say whether the man could be arrested for animal cruelty or face other criminal charges. Investigators “would have to be able to identify the individual which is going to be problematic," she said.
It's gone from YouTube, but the disturbing clip can still be viewed in this Daily Mail