Video: Dead 'dolphin' flung from window of student apartment in Cork
The Sunday World has obtained exclusive footage of a dead porpoise being thrown from the window of a student accommodation complex in Cork.
WARNING: Some readers may find footage, images distressing
It is understood that the dead mammal was brought into the complex to a party on Wednesday night.
It is thought that the poor animal seen in the disturbing images is actually a porpoise, a member of the cetacean family which also counts dolphins among its members.
Photographs have emerged of the porpoise lying on its side next to a wall, with others showing two young males dancing with the carcass in the kitchen area of an apartment.
One young man is holding the mammal over his shoulder, while the other young man can be seen photographing the incident on his phone.
The images appeared on the social media app Snapchat, where photos only appear for a maximum of 24 hours.
The incident occurred at the Parchment Square Student Accommodation complex on the Model Farm Road, Cork.
The men pictured are neither residents of the apartment where the below images were taken nor Parchment Square itself.
We have now obtained footage of the dead animal being flung out of a window after one man bizarrely danced with the carcass slung around his neck.
The accommodation is the closest complex to Cork Institute of Technology and each apartment can house up to five people.
It is understood that the two young men involved in the incident are not students at CIT.
A source told Independent.ie the two young men travelled from west Cork to the party near the CIT campus, and brought the animal's carcass into the student accommodation complex. It is not known how they came to be in possession of the carcass.
An employee at the complex discovered the carcass on the grass outside one of the apartments the morning after the party. Following instruction, the mammal was wrapped and disposed of safely.
CIT Students Union President Shane Falvey said he was unaware of the incident but confirmed that the student accommodation was not officially part of the college and is completely independent.
A disturbing image showing the dead animal outside the apartment (via Independent.ie)
A spokesperson for the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned the actions of the young men and described them as "idiots".
"The mind boggles with people's stupidity," the spokesperson said.
"Anybody with any level of cop-on would know it's not right.
"They'll think twice before they do something like this again."
Gardai confirmed to Independent.ie that they were not aware of the situation.
Meanwhile, Parchment Square Student Accommodation refused to comment on the situation.