OXFORD, Miss. — The Mississippi teenager seen in a video biting the head off a hamster during a spring break vacation in Florida has been kicked out of his fraternity.
While the video is grainy, friends identified the 18-year-old as Brady Eaves, an Ole Miss student from Madison. He is the stepson of one-time Mississippi Gubernatorial candidate John Arthur Eaves, Jr. and a member of Phi Delta Theta. “We are very disappointed and disgusted in Brady’s actions,” explained William Kneip, President of the Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta in a written statement. “These actions are inconsistent with what we believe as men of Phi Delta Theta and are inconsistent with the creed of the University of Mississippi,” he wrote. “This incident was during spring break and is in no way associated with any chapter activity of Phi Delta Theta. Brady has been removed from the fraternity.”
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube Friday under the title “psycho drunk spring breaker bites head off of hamster,” was quickly removed for breaking the site’s terms of service. In it, Eaves is seen picking up a hamster and biting it’s head off. He then spits the head out and tosses the body as the crowd around him either scream and cheer.
DailyMail.com reported that the college students had given the hamster vodka and “hot-boxed” its cage with marijuana before.
Eaves’ step-father, John Arthur Eaves, Jr., a Jackson lawyer, was unavailable for comment Tuesday. A worker in his office says he was away handling a “family matter.”
The younger Eaves could face felony animal cruelty charges, which carry a maximum prison sentence of five years and thousand of dollars in fines.
A spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said they received a tip indicating the young man in the video may be Eaves; and that the group will push for a vigorous prosecution of the person responsible, including psychological counseling.
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