Monday, December 9 2013 12:23 PM EST2013-12-09 17:23:12 GMT
(CNN) – The hiker who got caught under a rock and had to cut off his own arm to free himself was arrested early Sunday. Aron Lee Ralston, the subject of the 2010 movie, 127 Hours, was arrested in Denver,More >>
The hiker who got caught under a rock and had to cut off his own arm to free himself was arrested early Sunday.More >>
Host Lead It's one of the most COMMON nervous habits…but one that can be CAUSE for CONCERN. About 30-percent of children…and 15-percent of adults are NAIL BITERS. This quirk isn't skin deep…for someMore >>
It's one of the most common nervous habits, but one that can be cause for concern. About 30 percent of all children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters. But this quirk isn't skin deep -- for some people, it's a sign of a much deeper issue.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 11:06 AM EST2013-12-05 16:06:32 GMT
The 16 year old girl involved in one of two Covington County car crashes Wednesday afternoon has died. All others involved have injuries. Kaylan Ainsworth was extracted from her car and airlifted to theMore >>
A 16-year-old girl involved in one of two Covington County car crashes Wednesday afternoon has died. All others involved have injuries.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:20 PM EST2013-12-09 21:20:27 GMT
Kindergarten through third-grade students in Sumrall wrote letters to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan to put them in the Christmas spirit on Monday. Each student dropped off a letter in a mailbox setMore >>
Kindergarten through third-grade students in Sumrall wrote letters to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan to put them in the Christmas spirit on Monday.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 7:58 PM EST2013-12-08 00:58:37 GMT
The largest Christmas parade in the state of Mississippi was held on Saturday in the City of Laurel. The cold weather did not stop many residents from coming out and watching the Sertoma Christmas ParadeMore >>
The largest Christmas parade in the state of Mississippi was held on Saturday in the City of Laurel. More >>
Their bright colors, beautiful songs, and cheerful personalities have made birds popular pets for hundreds of years. The Humane Society of the United States urges you to consider the following information before you bring a pet bird into your life.
Hundreds of thousands of birds of many species are caught in the wild for the pet trade. Never buy wild-caught birds. Buying such birds means supporting an industry that causes great suffering and needless death and threatens the very survival of some bird species. Up to 80 percent of birds who are caught in the wild die just in the course of capture and shipment. After purchase wild-caught birds suffer from stress and the inability to adapt to life in captivity, making them prone to medical and behavioral problems.
Only birds bred in captivity should be kept as pets. Parakeets, cockatiels, and canaries are always cage-bred; finches, parrots, and toucans are often wild-caught. Find out where the birds you are interested in came from, so you can be sure that they were bred, kept, and sold humanely. If possible, visit the breeding facility. Remember that birds are frequently available from animal shelters and rescue groups.
Each type of bird has unique needs that must be met. One simple rule is that the larger and less common the bird, the more difficult his care. Canaries are kept for their song, color, and activity; they do not usually offer humans a close bond. Canaries' small size and history of cage-breeding make them easier to manage. Likewise, parakeets (or budgies) and cockatiels are much easier to care for than are the larger parrots.
Medium- and large-size parrots (African gray parrots, Amazon parrots, cockatoos, conures, and macaws) are often wild-caught and are much more difficult to care for because of their size, strength, behavior, and nutritional and social needs. They require large, secure cages or aviaries; and they need to bond with human companions or other birds for mental and physical stimulation. Because they can live fifty years or more, these birds require a lifetime commitment.
Consider carefully what a bird requires and then consider as carefully what you are willing to provide.