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Killing of a beloved wild toucan enrages neighborhood

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A toucan like this one was killed by someone with a pellet gun in the Francisco de Montejo neighborhood. Photo: Cherie Petillo

The killing of Tuqui, a toucan that became a celebrity in the Francisco de Montejo neighborhood, caused an uproar on social networks.

Commenters demand to find the person responsible for such a senseless and violent act against a defenseless and harmless bird, which happens to be a protected species.

The accusations reached Yucatan Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal, who reported on Twitter that a complaint was already filed by the state government before PROFEPA.

“I present a formal complaint against those responsible for the commission of the crime against biodiversity, typified in article 420 section V of the Federal Penal Code,” the tweet says.

In accordance with article 420 of the Federal Penal Code, a sentence of one to nine years in prison and a fine equivalent to 300 to 3,000 working dayswill be imposed on anyone who unlawfully damages any protected specimen of wild, terrestrial or aquatic flora or fauna species.

Tuqui was a social media star, and the people in Francisco de Montejo was thrilled to have this bird regularly coming to the same tree, where residents used to feed him.

On Monday, the Santa María Project reported the death of the bird. Two bullet wounds from a pellet gun were found.

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