The Siren Song of the Mighty Towa Towa

Source: Roads & Kingdoms

On May 20, 2012, a thirty-year-old man named Marlon Errol Hariram boarded a flight in Georgetown, Guyana, bound for New York City, with nine live finches, individually concealed in cardboard toilet paper rolls and hidden in the sleeves of a shirt he carried with him. The rolls were wrapped with netting and packing tape so that the birds would remain quiet throughout the flight. Hariram had no trouble boarding the plane: after being nabbed with finches at Georgetown’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport a few times in the past, he’d learned whom to pay off.

Upon arrival, the Department of ...

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