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800 parakeets: an unexpected ‘Christmas gift’ to US rescue group

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Washington (AFP) – A US animal shelter was “in shock” after receiving over 800 parakeets during the holiday weekend — delivered in two batches by the son of their owner who had kept them all enclosed in one room. The Detroit Animal Welfare Group, based in the northern state of Michigan, posted on Facebook about a “Christmas present we were not expecting” — saying the “birds came from a very unhealthy situation.” It said a first group of 497 birds were dropped off on December 23 — crammed into seven cages. The owner’s son then returned on Sunday with an additional 339. “The irresponsibility …

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