If any of you are on Hummingbirds Anonymous (Facebook), you may have seen a bizarre post someone made this morning (and was removed 15 minutes later by the admins). Some man in southern Maryland posted pics and a video of his 3 and 4 year old kids picking up and petting live hummingbirds. He claimed they just allowed his kids to pick them up and handle them - claiming that the hummers were "friendly" and they "would not do it, unless they wanted to be picked up". But his video revealed these hummers were trapped on his screened porch and were running out of energy and his kids were picking them up, as they fell to the floor (probably he had a feeder next to a hole in the porch's screening).
Of course, several posters immediately started asking him to release the birds and that they were probably starving food, and he shouldn't let the kids play with them. After he persisted that the hummers were "tame" and wanted to be handled, others pointed out that it was illegal to trap and handle them. He then got nasty and said "well, ARREST me then!"... finally the post was deleted by the Admins.
His own Facebook page revealed that these adorable kids were part of the kiddie pageant culture.. if that has any connection with thinking what they were doing was "cute" and justifiable? He also mentioned that "hummingbirds are thought to be the souls of departed family members"...
Uuuuuuugh... more sick-o's out there, abusing our hummingbirds! VERY disturbing!
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