Monday, December 12, 2005
Sparrow Dies, Record Set
A sparrow which was shot dead for knocking over 23,000 dominoes in the Netherlands is to go on display at Rotterdam's Natural History Museum.
The bird almost spoiled a televised world record attempt before it was killed with an air rifle.
The shooting caused a public outcry. Animal rights groups condemned the bird's killing last month and a website was erected in its honour.
On Friday, the bird's killer was fined for shooting a protected species.
Prosecutors said the exterminator who killed it should have known better and fined him 170 euros ($200).
The organisers argued the killing was justified, as more than 100 people had worked for a month setting up the dominoes, but they held a TV memorial for the bird.
They went on to topple about four million dominoes, claiming a new record - which still has to be verified by Guinness World Records.
The bird was kept in a government freezer after its killing became a criminal matter.
It will be placed on top of a box of dominoes in an exhibition on sparrows next year.
San Nakji for President!