Rare hummingbird finds new home at Br...

Rare hummingbird finds new home at Brookfield

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 13, 2007, titled Rare hummingbird finds new home at Brookfield. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The South American hummingbird that enchanted hundreds who traveled to Wisconsin to catch a glimpse of the green-breasted mango has a new home at the Brookfield Zoo.

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rnicketta

Fontana, CA

#3 Nov 13, 2007
Nice article but a picture would have improved your ratings.
Rose Nicketta
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#5 Nov 13, 2007
If people would stop with the bird feeders maybe the birds would migrate as they are supposed to. I remember an earlier story about this and they had their feeder out well past the time that hummingbirds should migrate. When people do feeders to "attract" birds so they can see them they interfere with the birds natural migratory instincts. Then the bird dies. STOP interfering with nature, don't feed wild animals/birds!!

Since: Oct 07

United States

#6 Nov 13, 2007
Man, some of the folks who posted earlier need to lighten up! I'm glad the hummingbird is okay. He probably got lost after a storm blew him north, and he didn't follow the other hummingbirds south for the winter.
elizabeth

Franklin Park, IL

#7 Nov 13, 2007
So glad this cute and rare bird is not going to freeze in Wisconsin's winter. I hope it has a long and happy life at Brookfield.
Arkie

United States

#8 Nov 13, 2007
Now we just have to find a mate for the cute little guy (gal)!
R Keane

Gleason, TN

#9 Nov 13, 2007
maybe release him to his native range in South America so he can meet his sweetest soul mate
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#10 Nov 13, 2007
Heron wrote:
Man, some of the folks who posted earlier need to lighten up! I'm glad the hummingbird is okay. He probably got lost after a storm blew him north, and he didn't follow the other hummingbirds south for the winter.
LOL!! "storm blew him north"!!!
Steve Juracka

United States

#12 Nov 13, 2007
Great story. We have dozens of hummers feed at our feeders here in western Kentucky all spring, summer and fall, and are heartened to see that one of those in danger was probably saved.
Steve Juracka

United States

#13 Nov 13, 2007
A tiny life saved
local wildlife biologist

Carol Stream, IL

#15 Nov 14, 2007
Storms and weather fronts do blow birds off course which is a very good possibility of how this hummingbird ended up in the wrong place. This happens quite often. The birds often perish because of poor weather conditions.
Paul

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Nov 14, 2007
Sure, capture the bird to prevent certain death from cold. That makes sense. Caring about the birds well being would also involve the next step - transporting the bird to its native habitat and letting it live its life FREE.
Humans - get over your need to control everything. Would you rather die free or live caged?
geno

Elm Grove, WI

#17 Dec 6, 2007
As regarding the ethics of intervening to prevent the death of an exotic hummingbird, what is wrong with a public action to save this little media star? The bird was more of a curiousity than the subject of a broadcast documentary, in which case it would be ethical to leave nature up to its own devices. Zoologists don't intervene to save a cape buffalo that is brought down by hungry lions, because that is what nature has assigned and endowed an apex predator to do. When a hurricane sweeps through the tropics and carries thousands of exotic birds to northern lattitudes where they die with the storm, THAT'S fate as designed my nature, but this little guy just won the public's heart and never was the subject of a research project. Besides, how do these animal rights advocates know that bird wont be happy in a captive environment. Remember some of those same groups tried to have an ophaned polar bear cub put down in a German zoo for the same reason.
yeag

Kenosha, WI

#18 Dec 6, 2007
geno wrote:
As regarding the ethics of intervening to prevent the death of an exotic hummingbird, what is wrong with a public action to save this little media star? The bird was more of a curiousity than the subject of a broadcast documentary, in which case it would be ethical to leave nature up to its own devices. Zoologists don't intervene to save a cape buffalo that is brought down by hungry lions, because that is what nature has assigned and endowed an apex predator to do. When a hurricane sweeps through the tropics and carries thousands of exotic birds to northern lattitudes where they die with the storm, THAT'S fate as designed my nature, but this little guy just won the public's heart and never was the subject of a research project. Besides, how do these animal rights advocates know that bird wont be happy in a captive environment. Remember some of those same groups tried to have an ophaned polar bear cub put down in a German zoo for the same reason.
Rare hummingbird finds new home at Brookfield
The South American hummingbird that enchanted hundreds who traveled to Wisconsin to catch a glimpse of the green-breasted mango has a new home at the Brookfield Zoo.
Full story: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday Nov 13)
COMMENTS
fredrick west

Caledonia, IL

#19 Dec 6, 2007
I'd like to see him. I also see nothing wrong with keeping him in a zoo. I am an avid birdwatcher and agree that they ought to be kept in their natural habitat, but we also should consider how much awareness this is building. I say it's wonderful publicity, and the Milwaukee zoo is more than capable of caring for this animal.

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