Bird-stran­gling tramp is caged

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A CAL­I­FOR­NIA tramp has been con­victed of stran­gling a brown PEL­I­CAN to death near the Mal­ibu Pier.

Po­lice say Sergio Al­varez, 30, said he found the bird dead when he was quizzed about it.

Later, the bearded hobo ad­mit­ted he killed the pel­i­can be­cause he was hun­gry and hadn’t been able to catch any fish.

A wit­ness told the sher­iff’s deputy that he spot­ted a man chok­ing a pel­i­can.

And other stunned beach­go­ers say Al­varez had his hands around the bird’s throat and that it was flap­ping its wings in dis­tress be­fore go­ing com­pletely limp.

Al­varez pleaded guilty to an­i­mal cru­elty and was sen­tenced to 60 days in jail and a year’s pro­ba­tion.

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