Man arrested for trying to punch Crystal Palace’s bald eagle

Two years after a Newcastle fan was jailed for punching a police horse, a man has now been jailed for attempting to punch Crystal Palace’s bald eagle mascot Kayla. And now English football officially has an animal punching epidemic.

From the Croydon Advertiser:

The incident allegedly occurred during Palace’s Capital One Cup clash with rivals Charlton on September 23.

The 34-year-old from Welling was arrested this morning (Friday) on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage.

He remains in custody at a south London police station.

Not only is he lucky he wasn’t murdered by eagle for being stupid enough to provoke it (those things are strong!), but he’s also lucky he didn’t do this in the United States, where killing the national bird carries a maximum $250,000 fine or two years in prison.

Stop trying to punch animals, football fans.