Owl kicked by Luis Moreno dies

Updated: March 1, 2011, 3:03 PM ET
Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia -- An injured owl that was kicked off the field by a player during a match between Colombian soccer clubs has died from shock.

Veterinarian Camilo Tapia said the owl went into shock Tuesday after it was taken in for treatment two days earlier.

The owl landed near the corner of the field on Sunday during a match in Barranquilla between home club Atletico Junior and Deportivo Pereira. Pereira defender Luis Moreno walked over and kicked the owl about three meters (yards) to get it off the field.

The owl served as the mascot for Atletico Junior and Moreno later apologized to home fans. Humberto Mendoza, the director of agency that oversees environmental issues in Barranquilla, said he was investigating possible sanctions against Moreno.

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