When you think of teenage boys’ misdeeds, stealing baby birds is not likely to jump to mind. It may be better than dealing cocaine, but it’s certainly cause for serious alarm.
A Colorado mom called animal control after she discovered that her 15-year-old son had 53 baby birds in his room. He had stolen the newborn swallows and sparrows, some of which hatched in his room, from numerous nests in his neighborhood. He and other neighborhood kids had tried to feed the motherless creatures, but with little success. Only 13 of the birds survived, and they are being cared for at a wildlife rehabilitation center.
How, we might wonder, did this boy manage to keep nearly 60 birds in his room for over 24 hours without his mother’s knowledge? And what would possess a 15-year-old to mess with birds’ nests, a wildlife no-no that even four-year-olds respect?
It seems we will never get the answers to these questions, since the boy was simply ticketed for animal cruelty and offered no explanation for his behavior. His mother was equally tight-lipped, though she offered that she was “concerned” about her son’s misdeed.
Am I going too far in believing that this mother should have been given advice from a counselor? Endangering the lives of numerous animals is not exactly your average teenage rebellion. And being ignorant of the fact that there are 50 birds in the house is not exactly your average level of parental involvement.
Photo: The Longmont Times