Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bird Boy

And in interesting boy news today, we have this story of a fifteen-year-old boy who was trying to raise 53 baby birds in his room.

His mother called animal control and the boy was ticketed for animal cruelty. I'm not sure what to think of the whole thing -- or how I'd react if I found over 50 birds in my son's room -- but I'm not sure it qualifies as animal cruelty either.

What do you think? What do you think the boy was trying to do? And how would you have reacted if you were his mother or father?


  1. 53 birds? In his room?? I would really like to know what planet this boy's parents were on that they had no idea what was going on. How in the world did they get so out of touch with their child that they didn't see what was happening before it got to this point? I don't know what he was trying to do, but it seems to me that an unhealthy obsession like this stems from a much bigger issue.

  2. I dunno, I read the blog post and while the boy was clearly misguided, I also think that in his mind he was trying to help these "motherless" birds (as the post states). I don't think he meant any cruelty, but I suppose that getting a ticket was good in terms of the lesson it imposed.

  3. Dear reader's....
    I happen to to be this boy's mother... I am so tired of people passing judgement on me as a mother.I have had trouble with my child since he was a toddler. I have taken him to doctor's his whole life. The most they came up with was ADHD. The meds never seem to help him.He was removed from my home for a yr. to live in a therapy residental setting and was released too soon because it was costly for the state. In that year my son was out of my home his father and I attended every function. We as a family drove down to denver every weekend with out fail for family therapy. I have taken every parenting class available. I worked with my son in therapy else where for six years. I have tried everything. Yes even spanking him and that ended me up as a child abuser. So thats just a brief on what I have been dealing with. He has a long line of theft that I myself have even called the cops on him. He has been slapped on the hand his whole life. I love my son and have tried everything to make him see how he is ruining his life. I am a single mother now of 2yrs and do what I can. I dont want to see him in jail because he will only come out worse but he does need to learn from this and I hope that he does. This whole thing happened in 45 mins. A lapse of me going to work at 145 and my sister getting home at 220. So world please dont think that i dont observe my child or that im outta touch with him. The truth be told their are alot of children like mine who are over looked and failed by the system. Even more so parents like me begging for help and exhausted trying to just get them through life with what we have available to us as parents.