September 4, 1995 |
When Tracy Pedersen was a little girl, she had a fox, a crow and a boa constrictor for pets, not to mention the raccoon that slept in her room. The one that tested her parents' tolerance when it destroyed the family bathroom. She had fantasy safaris, in which she pretended to travel in exotic lands to photograph and paint wild animals. It was her dream to grow up and go on real expeditions abroad. Unlike most of the rest of us, her childhood dream has come true. Today, Pedersen is an internationally recognized wildlife artist and scientific illustrator.
July 24, 2003 |
I was delighted to read that the lost Congo African grey parrot at the Abington SPCA, is now safely back home ("After proving ownership, family and parrot unite," July 22). Unfortunately, these happy endings are rare. In the article, the Abington SPCA spoke of people trying to claim Fire as their own. A word of warning: If you are tempted to adopt, or even steal, a valuable bird like Fire to resell, don't. Yes, exotic caged birds may seem to be the latest popular pet fad, after pot-bellied pigs and fainting goats.
August 30, 2011 |
Birders know as well as anyone how hurricanes bring destruction and loss of life. But they also create a little-known birding bonanza, sweeping in species that a local birder might have to travel hundreds of miles or more to see. Some birds can literally travel in the relative calm of the hurricane's eye. Then, when the eye begins to disintegrate, they drop out - finding themselves in a whole new 'hood. After Hurricane Irene rumbled northward Sunday, birders were reporting exotic interlopers across the region.
December 20, 1999 |
The scene surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ was brought to life at the First Presbyterian Church's live Nativity in Glassboro yesterday. Above, a goat is led around during the presentation. At left, Julia MacWilliams, who portrayed Jesus' mother, Mary, is surprised by the critters brought to the church. The animals - which included a llama, a pony, goats geese, sheep, rabbits and exotic birds - were on loan from Crystal Wind Acres in Woodstown and Equestrian Run Stables in Williamstown.
March 16, 2010 |
Sixty-four animals - from rabbits and doves to exotic birds and dogs - were removed last night from a Fox Chase home by animal-control agents. And inspectors from the city Department of Licenses and Inspections declared that the house, on Hellerman Street near Algon Avenue, was unfit for habitation by either humans or animals. "It was filled with trash, debris and feces and the animals weren't very well-cared-for," said George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
May 31, 1987 |
Like any other yellow-naped Amazon that sings "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," Emmie Jones' pet bird Tequilla is a constant source of enjoyment for her. "Parakeets and canaries are very pretty, but they just don't talk like an Amazon," said Jones, a pet-store owner in suburban Harrisburg. "She's just a real pleasure to have. " If legislation pending in the General Assembly becomes law, birds like Tequilla, as well as popular species of parrots and other wild exotic birds, won't be delighting as many bird lovers in the future.
March 28, 1992 |
A Philadelphia Warlock motorcycle gang leader - wanted by authorities since 1985 - was arrested with an associate yesterday outside Allentown. Authorities confiscated nearly $1 million in assets the pair allegedly gained from a complex money-laundering scheme, illicit methamphetamine and exotic bird trafficking. The late-morning arrests of Eric C. Martinson, 41, reputed former president of the Philadelphia Warlocks chapter on Woodland Avenue near 56th Street, and Christine Dickson, 23, also were linked by authorities to Irish Republican Army fund-raising efforts in the United States.
March 11, 2011 |
Animal welfare officials have removed 56 animals from a North Philadelphia home after a small fire there. The Pennsylvania SPCA said the animals included chickens, exotic birds, rabbits and four dogs and that they were kept in unsanitary conditions the home on the 1000 block of Glenwood Ave. The SPCA removed the animals Wednesday after the Fire Department put out a small blaze there and found the creatures. The animals were taken to the Pennsylvania SPCA's headquarters on Erie Avenue, where they were evaluated and received veterinary care.
May 13, 1989 |
Jacqui Cornig never counts her cockatiels until they've hatched. So, at last count, including chicks but not eggs, she had 74 of them. Five years ago, there was only Pancho. "Pancho is the head bird," said Cornig, 36, with a nod in his direction. "There actually is a pecking order. Each new male I put into the cage tries to become dominant. " The almost-roomsize cage - four cages, actually, side by side - measures 7 feet high by 7 feet deep by 16 feet long. Cornig unlatched the cage door one recent afternoon at her Malvern home and stepped inside.
March 27, 1986 |
After finding scores of dead and malnourished puppies, rabbits, piglets and other animals on a filthy rented property, Limerick police said yesterday that they would charge a former curator of the Norristown zoo with cruelty to animals. Police Chief Barry Lenhart said yesterday that the animals were found on land rented by Joseph W. Marchese, 45, of Norristown. He said that Marchese, who described himself to police as a wholesale supplier of animals to pet stores, said he had been unable to tend and feed the animals for three weeks because of illness.