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‘Bird brain’ held at JFK with 9 finches up his sleeve

‘Bird brain’ held at JFK with 9 finches up his sleeve

Stabroek News – CSpringer – Editor On June 27, 2012

(New York Daily News) A Guyanese man was nabbed at Kennedy Airport with something singing up his sleeve — nine live finches bound for their shot at stardom.

Marlon Hariram is the latest bird-brained trying to evade Guyana’s laws prohibiting the exportation of the little songbirds. Authorities said the finches were likely going to be used in singing contests held in public parks in Queens.

“Two finches sing, and a judge selects the bird determined to have the best voice,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Ryan Bessey explained in court papers released Monday.  Continue reading

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