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    "Finchocide" in Manhattan

    NewsStrange but TrueThursday 17 March 2011
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    50 baby zebra finches are found dead in Gramercy Park, and locals are blaming the National Arts Club president

    Fingers are being pointed after 50 Australian zebra finches - all of them babies - have been found dead, with orange tags around their legs, in Gramercy Park, a large green space in a well-heeled neighbourhood of Manhattan. Locals are blaming Aldon James, the eccentric owner of the National Arts Club located just over the street from the park. Rocklands County bird breeder Pierre Brooks claims he sold the finches to James just a week prior to the macabre discovery. James has described himself as the "Bird Man of Gramercy Park". The ASPCA is investigating the incident whilst James denies having anything to do with the "finchocide".

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