Five doctors went duck hunting one day.
Included in the group were a general practitioner, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, a
surgeon and a pathologist. After a time, a bird came winging
overhead. The first to react was the general practitioner who raised his shotgun, but then hesitated.
"I'm not quite sure it's a duck," he said, "I think that I will
have to get a second opinion." And of course by that time, the bird was long gone.
Another bird appeared in the sky soon thereafter. This time, the pediatrician drew a bead on it.
He too, however, was unsure if it was really a duck in his sights and besides, it might have babies.
"I'll have to do some more investigations," he muttered, as the creature made good its escape.
Next to spy a bird flying was the sharp-eyed psychiatrist.
Shotgun shouldered, he was more certain of his intended prey's
identity. "Now, I know it's a duck, but does it know it's a
duck?" The fortunate bird disappeared while the fellow wrestled with this dilemma.
Finally, a fourth fowl sped past and this time the surgeon's weapon pointed skywards and he fired without hesitation. BOOM!!
The surgeon lowered his smoking gun and turned nonchalantly to the pathologist beside him: "Go see if that was a duck, will
Thousands of parrots are taken from the wild each year to be sold as "pets" in Asia, Europe, and even the United States.
The initial shock of losing their freedom and being confined to a
cage can kill 10-20% of wild-caught birds.
Of those who survive capture, half will die of starvation, dehydration, suffocation, or disease before reaching their final destination.
Researchers in Nicaragua estimate that, to compensate for mortalities, up to four times as many parrots are captured than make it to market.
In fact, recognition of the unacceptably high rate of mortality among imported birds helped prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Wild Bird Conservation Act in 1992.
Though the Act effectively reduced the United States from the largest importer of wild-caught birds to one of the smallest,
up to 150,000 parrots are illegally smuggled into the U.S. across the Mexican border each year.
Our Lives Just Wouldn't Be the Same
My story all began five years ago, when my husband told me about a women he knew that had some puppies that she had to get rid of.
She couldn't afford to keep them and said she was going to drown them the next day if nobody wanted them. Well all but one got a home.
But I just couldn't live with the thought of the poor little thing dying for no reason so I made my husband go and get the pup.
11:00p.m. in walks Dennis with a very scared "Jake". Jake not being house trained had to say in the kitchen, but he cried .
So I stayed there with him sleeping on the kitchen floor for two weeks.
He then graduated to the kids old playpen at the end of our bed, and now sleeps in bed with us.
Over the years he has become a very loved and spoiled dog, that I'm not sure knows that he is a dog.
He removes his
collar before going to bed at night (by himself), he won't go for a walk in the rain without a raincoat and wont stay outside
in the cold for more than five minutes. Even when it is warm out if we aren't outside with him, he doesn't want to be.
Our lives just wouldn't be the same without him. We love Jake more words can ever say.
Connie Lynch & Jake
Keep your pet rabbit busy with a variety of toys to prevent boredom. A bored rabbit is more likely to become destructive, depressed, and overweight.