Chuparosas

by HolyMole @, Thursday, June 21, 2018, 19:32 (94 days ago)
edited by HolyMole, Thursday, June 21, 2018, 20:56

Just heard a story on CBC radio today about the shocking trade in "chuparosas", described as "love charms", made using dead hummingbirds. While these awful things may be popular in other countries, the story dealt with the trade in Mexico, where they are apparently sold in markets, and often in stores selling herbal remedies. Prices for the "charms" are reportedly in the 250-300 peso range and presumably promise a successful, exciting lovelife for the wearer. Since the numbers of hummingbirds worldwide are in decline, the last thing the species needs is to be targeted for production of these primitive, grisly monstrosities. We hope we don't come across any in Zihua.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Thursday, June 21, 2018, 21:20 (94 days ago) @ HolyMole

This is the first I have heard of it. Thankfully I haven't seen any here yet. I too hope to never see it.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Friday, June 22, 2018, 07:04 (93 days ago) @ HolyMole

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by HolyMole @, Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:31 (93 days ago) @ frostbite

Is that finger wagging at me, Sydney? Or chuparosas?

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:58 (93 days ago) @ HolyMole

Neither. The cretins who feel the need to kill the birds.

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by HolyMole @, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 20:06 (92 days ago) @ frostbite

I forgot to mention another thing from the CBC radio interview that all the gun nuts out there will undoubtedly find interesting:
Most of the dead hummingbirds that conservation authorities have found appear to have been killed with ....wait for it....shotguns! Their tiny bodies (some species weigh as little as 2 or 3 grams) were full of almost microscopic shot particles. Now, IMHO, most "hunting" is a pretty one-sided contest, but using a shotgun on a hummingbird? That's a new low.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, June 24, 2018, 00:04 (91 days ago) @ HolyMole

And on the subject of weapon gauges: Last week I saw a skunk - typically a nocturnal animal - wandering around my lawn. Assuming that it possibly had rabies, since it was acting so strangely, I called the sheriff's department to see if they would remove it. They declined and suggested I call (and pay for) a company that does that kind of work. I decided to kill it, instead. Firing guns in the neighborhood didn't seem like such a good idea, so I shot it with my air rifle. The pellet was well placed: it killed it instantly; it didn't even spray.

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