A friend in London mentioned she misses cockatoos, so I sent her this item from the SMH last week:
Dead Cockatoo Taped to Speed Sign AAP
A dead cockatoo has been found taped to a speed limit sign in Sydney's west on Australia Day, police say.
A motorist discovered the sulphur-crested cockatoo taped to the 50km/h sign at Weir Road at Warragamba about 11.40am (AEDT) on Tuesday.
A nearby resident removed the bird.
Its body has been taken to the RSPCA headquarters for a post-mortem examination to determine how it died.
Penrith Duty Officer, Inspector Rick Cox said he was horrified by the act.
"Information from the public is vital in solving crimes such as these", Inspector Cox said in a statement.
Witnesses are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
There is so much about this story that wasn't worth reporting and the use of the word 'horrified' is, in the context, horrific. If you start flinging words like that about in these circumstances, what will be left when something truly awful happens? Incidentally 'Girl Bashes Biting Shark' is featured in today's issue of the Herald. I am agog already.
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