Share1 Shares There are around 10, different kinds of birds on planet Earth. But while most of us can only dream of communicating with other creatures, Gabi Mann is pretty tight with the animal kingdom.
This eight-year-old from Seattle is best friends with a flock of crows. In fact, they even give her gifts. This incredibly odd friendship began when she was just four and would constantly spill her food. The neighborhood birds took note, and they were soon watching Gabi every time she stepped outside, just in case she dropped some sort of tasty treat. As Gabi grew older, she intentionally started sharing her lunch with the crows, and it was soon an everyday thing.
And the crows started leaving presents. Once, it was an earring. Another time, it was a broken lightbulb. They left a button, a paper clip, a rock, and a Lego piece. Each time, the birds would gobble up the food and then leave a token of their appreciation.
Soon, Gabi was collecting their little gifts, bagging each item and marking every present with the date, description, and the location where she found it. And even though she really loves the rusty screw and the black zipper, her favorite gift is a little plastic heart. His tragic tale begins in , when young orphan Tom was injured by a hawk.
Fortunately, he was saved by a loving couple, Jonathan and Linda Haar. Though they never adopted Tom as a pet, they healed his wounds and fed him regularly. Soon, Tom was hanging around their house all the time, and the couple fell in love with this ugly bird. Terrified neighbors parked close to their front doors so they could make a quick dash to safety. Some carried brooms or bats when they went outside. Things came to a head when a deliverywoman called the cops, complaining that a wild turkey was menacing the streets.
Instead, he attacked the cops, forcing one of the officers to jump on his car. The second officer pulled out his pistol and fired twice, wounding the turkey. Tom dashed off, and the police chased after him, guns blazing. Tom was finally dead. Jonathan ran up, screaming and shouting. In fact, he was so angry that he slugged one of the cops in the face. Jonathan was hauled into jail, and the story became a big-time scandal. One paper ran a cartoon of a stupid-looking turkey dressed up as a police officer.
Not much happens in Chilmark, Massachusetts. The police had kept his bullet-ridden body in a freezer as evidence, so Tom was probably coated with frost. Brokenhearted, Jonathan and Linda buried Tom in their yard, complete with a tombstone that read: He died as he lived.
Back in , there were a grand total of 57 cranes on the planet. Today, there are over , all thanks to Operation Migration. The awesome program uses airplanes to teach whooping cranes to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida. Throughout the process, the people involved wear giant bird costumes.
One particular flock of cranes discovered this smorgasbord and made themselves at home in Mrs. Gibbs if they could remove her feeders. Their whole mission revolved around keeping the cranes away from humans.
Clarice said no but not because she was some sort of bird nut. Thanks to this awful disease, he was cut off from the world, a shell of his former self, unless he was sitting in his backyard, looking at birds. Everyone has their own problems, and if everyone puts their own needs first, where does that leave the animals? The 17th-century English naturalist had had a curious mind. The man was especially fascinated by migrating birds.
Every year, at the exact same time, when things grew chilly and food disappeared, the birds of England would gather together, take to the air, and mysteriously disappear. No one knew where they went. The puzzle plagued mankind for millennia. Some believed birds morphed into other creatures , while some surmised that they burrowed deep into the mud.
Charles Morton found both these theories to be utterly preposterous. According to the scientist, when Old Man Winter reared his ugly head, the birds flew toward the heavens. Morton had quite a few numbers to back up his claim. He calculated the distance between the Earth and the Moon as , kilometers , mi. So if the birds flew at kilometers mi per hour, they could probably reach their destination in about 60 days.
In fact, once they really got going, the birds would probably close their eyes and fall asleep, dreaming most of their way to the Moon. Quite a few philosophers believed the Moon was just like Earth, overflowing with plants, oceans, and animals.
Why would God create so many satellites, planets, and worlds if they were just going to sit around empty? Of course, today we know birds simply migrate to warmer climes, and the Moon is just a big barren rock in the sky. And when it comes to nosy neighbors, Larry is the best kind to have.
Kathleen Peterson was dead. According to Michael, his wife had simply stumbled down the stairs after a night of drinking. According to the state, Michael beat her repeatedly with a fire poker after Kathleen confronted him about his bisexual lifestyle. There was clearly blunt force trauma to the back of the head. When the trial documented in the miniseries The Staircase finally ended, Peterson was sentenced to life without parole. Kathleen Peterson was found holding a bloody clump of her own scalp, and lost in all that hair was a microscopic owl feather.
Intrigued, Larry started researching owls and found some interesting bits of information. According to Pollard, 90 percent of owl attacks on people are to the head, in the same spot where Kathleen was bludgeoned. Larry believes Kathleen Peterson went outside, was attacked by an owl, and tripped at the foot of the stairs. He convinced authorities to reexamine the evidence, and they found two more microscopic owl feathers. But will the owl theory make it inside a courtroom?
That remains to be seen. After a key witness for the prosecution was found to be corrupt, Peterson was granted a retrial. Much like Stalin over in the Soviet Union, Chairman Mao wanted to push China out of its agrarian past into a modern, 20th-century future. For example, he wanted to rid China of plague and pestilence, so he decided to eliminate four particularly irritating animals: While the bugs and rats carried all sorts of diseases, the birds had a bad habit of raiding grain and rice farms.
Chinese scientists crunched a few numbers and concluded that one single sparrow eats 4. A massive propaganda machine churned out thousands of posters featuring bright-eyed children and dead sparrows. Workers built scarecrows and flags to scare the birds, and people marched through town, banging pots and pans to frighten the sparrows away.
Birds were poisoned, eggs were crushed, and special zones were set up where marksmen and women could pick off sparrows as they flew by.
Some say hundreds of millions of birds died, while others put the number at one billion. Whatever the death toll, the Four Pests Campaign nearly drove sparrows in China to extinction. Then the locusts showed up. When doing their calculations, those Chinese scientists forgot an important piece of information. Birds keep insects in check. If you remove sparrows from the equation, things get real biblical real fast, and in , the bugs absolutely destroyed Chinese crops, forcing Mao to remove the sparrow from his Four Pests Campaign.
Our fine feathered friend was replaced with the bedbug. The famine lasted four long years, and by the time it was over, approximately 30 million people were dead. Jim suffers from bipolar disorder with psychotic tendencies. Back in the day, you did not want to get on his bad side. In , shortly after the Archbishop Incident, Jim rescued Sadie from a bad environment.
Incredibly stressed, Sadie started tearing her own feathers out, but fortunately, Jim was a big animal lover and nursed the bird back to health. And Sadie returned the favor. And Sadie developed some sort of sixth sense. According to Jim, she started to sense his mood swings before he even got angry. He even bought a special purple backpack that carries a cage. Convicted of manslaughter, he was initially sent to a Washington prison, but after stabbing an orderly, Stroud wound up in Leavenworth, Kansas.
In , a prison guard approached Stroud for talking too loudly during lunch. After a trial, the inmate was sentenced to hang, but his sentence was commuted by President Woodrow Wilson to life without parole.
Stroud was thrown into solitary confinement.