Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Teen found hoarding 53 baby birds

By: Charlie Brennan

ONGMONT, Colo. - Police have cited an unidentified 15-year-old Longmont boy for taking no fewer than 53 baby birds from their nests and harboring them in shoe boxes until his mother discovered what it was going and called authorities.

Many of the birds were hatchlings, and did not survive after being taken last Wednesday to the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Lyons, while others had to be euthanized.

Only 13 of the birds, mostly swallows and sparrows, survived and will likely be returned to the wild in coming weeks.

The boy, who took most of the birds in the 1800 block of Meadow Street in Longmont, has been cited for violation of municipal ordinances, cruelty to animals and interference with birds or fowl.

Although police found no sign of malicious intent, they admit they have no idea what the teenager had in mind.."