Finches Apprehended in Smuggling, Fighting Charges
Guyana isn't the only place with a finch-smuggling problem. Earlier this month Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guardsmen chased down two men attempting to flee with 60 illegally obtained finches. 54 birds drowned as the men tried to dispose of the evidence. The worth of their cargo was estimated at $180,000.
In Connecticut, meanwhile, the state department of agriculture has found finches engaged in another sort of competition: bird fights. Authorities rounded up 150 fighting finches, some badly injured. Some canaries were found mixed in with the finches, presumably as ringers (they "can become aggressive during mating season," says Planetsave). Photo (cc) chrispearson72.