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Strangest story of the week is this piece about a Dutchman arrested in French Guiana whilst attempting to smuggle live hummingbirds out of South America in his underpants-->
You can read the full story in (the British tabloid newspaper) the "Daily Mail" [here].
Many animal species have been made extinct or nearly extinct by export for the pet trade- most famously, Spix's Macaw (below), although, in the case of the macaw, several other factors also contributed to the creature's decline. The hummingbird story above, does at least have a happy ending, since the hummingbirds were captured alive.
|Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) . |
Picture by Joseph Smit, 1878, copyright lapsed.