Hunter Hardesty posted video to his Facebook account of him jumping on a pelican in the Florida Keys.

A Maryland man accused of abusing a pelican has returned to the Florida Keys to face charges.

Thirty-one-year-old William Hunter Hardesty of Riva, Maryland, was booked into jail in Key West late Monday, according to a statement from Monroe County Sheriff's spokesman Adam Linhardt.

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Hardesty was arrested March 15 in Ocean City, Maryland, after a video posted on his Facebook a week earlier went viral, showing him leaping onto the federally protected pelican as it floated next to the Key West Historic Seaport. He can be seen resurfacing holding the bird, which snaps at his face. He then loosens his grip and the bird flies away.

Charges filed after Maryland man posts video showing pelican attack in Florida Keys

Charges were filed in Florida this week following reports that a Maryland man, William Hunter Hardesty, allegedly attacked a federally-protected pelican in the Florida Keys.

Hardesty is accused of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He was jailed on $80,000 bond. A lawyer wasn't listed in jail records.

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