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August 15, 2010
The funniest things come from real life, sometimes the root of the entertainment is tragic. I know the loss of a friend (pet) can be sad and very often, for those who care about them, a little guilty feeling. We are responsible for these simple animals, their safety, comfort and social companionship. So when we were sitting around with our good friends in London Ontario, liquor present, and telling stories, we heard about the university years and the Budgie.
The debate began on the appropriate way to kill the budgie and a challenge ensued, set for the next morning, safety being a factor, and had some not surprising results. As the story goes, our friend was moving apartments during his university years and had the assistance of a buddy of, now questionable, dependability. The friend helped load the car and was in charge of the budgie cage. As they departed down the road at speed the absence of the budgie became known. A quick look in the review found the cage rolling violently down the road, the budgie locked inside.
They rushed to find the budgie, having had a serious motor vehicle accident, critically injured. The budgie’s wind and leg were badly broken, beak sheared off and tongue hanging out; he was coughing up blood and suffering badly.
The test was concluded by 10:20 am and while there were differences of opinion the result was conclusive. While the test driver did hit the object under ideal circumstances and without duress, it was only half, the initial fear being realized and the possible fate of the budgie known.