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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A video hit Jacksonville's social media community with a bang Tuesday and triggered an avalanche of anger. Two teenage girls, in two videos posted on their Facebook accounts, are seen torturing a helpless endangered gopher tortoise.
On Thursday, First Coast News spoke to a counselor who knew one of the girls and a clinical psychologist about what this type of behavior means.
"Is he still on fire?" asks one of the girls.
In one video, their first attempt to set the tortoise on fire failed so they poured more of a combustible liquid on its shell and then used a lighter to set it on fire again as the tortoise tried to get away.
"Burn him baby, burn him baby," one of the girls screamed.
"I was sickened by it and couldn't even watch the video," said Karen Parker.
Parker is with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The FWC saw the video and is now considering cruelty to animal charges against the Clay County girls.
"We are working with the State Attorney's office to determine what charges may be filed," said Parker. "Cruelty to animals is a felony."
They may have posted it on their personal Facebook pages, but now the video can be seen as far as Nevada. FWC is now getting calls from all over the country demanding swift punishment.
"People are really outraged by this," she said.
Parker said in 2007 the Gopher Tortoise was declared an endangered species. She's still puzzled by the teenagers actions.
"I don't know why you would do something like that and then post something like that," said Parker.
One of the videos is three minutes and 28 seconds and reveals the torture in pictures and in words.
"Now you are scared of us," screams one of the girls.
When she failed to set the tortoise shell on fire, she offered a facetious apology to the camera.
"I'm sorry about that," she said.
Denise Deisler runs the Jacksonville Humane Society and calls the video disturbing.
"What a really pathetic attempt at getting attention to yourself," said Diesler.
She said the girls need punishment and they need counseling.
"It is not normal behavior," Diesler said.
After they failed to set the tortoise on fire, one of the girls decided to stomped him to death under her feet.
A video that went viral shows two Clay County girls setting a tortoise on fire before stomping it to death.
"I don't have any words for it," said Parker. "I'm at a loss."
Counselor speaks out about girls in video
The family of the teenagers who posted a video of their torturing of a tortoise have refused to respond to a reporters knock at their Orange Park home.
Jessica Jones said she was a camp counselor of one of the girls.
"She has a troubled life," said Jones.
Jones said she was also her dorm mother while the girl was at former Camp Tracy in Baker County; it was a camp for at risk teens.
"I'm just totally surprised that she would even do so far, it is really disturbing," said Jones. "I knew she had some issues but I did not know it was that deep."
Jones said even though the two met about three years ago the remained connected through Facebook and regular conversations.
"She told me that her parents had kicked her out and she didn't want anyone to know where she was," said Jones.
Jones said she hasn't heard from her since the video surfaced.
Is animal cruelty a sign of future behavior problems?
"Cruelty to animals is clearly a warning sign," said Dr. Justin D'Arienzo.
Dr. D'Arienzo is a forensic psychologist. He said there are three types of animal abusers.
-If the person is between the ages of 3-5 he said that person is an experimenter.
-If the person is between the ages of 6-7 he said that person is crying out for help.
"If a child is still abusing an animal after the age of seven, that's a problem," he said.
-The third type is the person who is 12 or older, in their teenage years. He said if animal abuse continues with a teenager that person is a sociopath.
"If they're abusing animals with that age there's usually some substance abuse," said D'Arienzo. "There could be other criminal or delinquent behavior."
Even though he has not made a personal assessment of the teenagers in this case, he said the signs they are show are signs that they need professional help.
"We know that 30 percent of the kids who commit animal abuse have witness domestic violence in their home," he said. "I can't say what is going on here, but that is a fact."
The girls are facing felony charges for what they did and posted on their Facebook pages.