53 baby birds seized from Longmont teen; 40 die

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Longmont, Colo. (AP) - Longmont police have confiscated 53 baby birds from a 15-year-old boy who apparently took them from neighborhood nests.

Forty of them died but the other 13 are recuperating at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in nearby Boulder and are expected to survive.

Police took the birds from the boy's bedroom on June 16 after his mother realized he had them and called Animal Control.

Sgt. Dave Orr says officers believe the boy had the birds for at least 24 hours. He says the boy and other neighborhood kids were trying to feed them without much success.

Orr says the boy had no explanation. He was ticketed for cruelty to animals and interference with wild birds.

The birds included Barn Swallows, Sparrows and a Bluebird.

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