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Emus Unleashed

September 20th 2006 00:05
In 1973 a 10 foot tall emu was once spotted walking the streets of New York having accidently escaped from a circus specializing in large exotic birds.

When the police questioned the circus owners, they responded with "George (the emu) was constipated, so we thought a run around the grounds may help him feel better."

Police fined the circus 25 dollars, and 5 months later a bi-law was passed stating that all emus within New York City must be on a leash.


Some more weird animal laws.

In Cleveland, Ohio it is illegal to hunt or capture mice without a hunting license.

In the state of New York it is illegal to shoot at a rabbit from a tram or trolley car.

Texas - It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

Again in Texas, it is illegal to milk another person's cow.

That last one kind of reminds me of the signs up on the wall in the maternity ward of our local hospital :
“Please do not breastfeed other people’s babies”.
I wonder how many times that happened before they had to put a sign up about it.


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Comment by jon

September 20th 2006 00:29
The Texas one is priceless. Just trying to imagine what must have been happening to cause these laws to be made cracks me up

Comment by Ahmed

September 20th 2006 04:13
"Texas - It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel."

awww... I always wanted to do that

Comment by Adrian

September 20th 2006 04:25
Hey Melissa, out of curiosity, where'd you get this info from? Sounds a bit urban legendish...

Comment by Anonymous

September 20th 2006 06:07
You can't breatfeed other people's babies?

uh oh

Comment by Adrian

September 20th 2006 06:19
It happened recently, in Bankstown -- all you guys know about the incident, right?

The nurses accidentally gave a mother the wrong baby.

She had to get AIDS-tested, etc.

I can understand wanting to breastfeed someone else's baby... The baby is lying there screaming, and if you're the sort of person who likes playing with babies in general...

Comment by Ahmed

September 20th 2006 06:25
you can breastfeed othe rpeoples babies so long as your producing milk.

Comment by Ragin Cajun

September 20th 2006 06:34
And as long as you get the mother's permission, I guess.

Comment by Ahmed

September 20th 2006 07:26
usually the mother pays for it I think.

Comment by MelissaA

September 21st 2006 04:41
Adrian, it was a really old news article that I had, so no urban legend there.
In fact I remember even hearing about another one several years ago where ( in America again) some emu breeders had a farm that wasn't panning out very well financially, so they set the emus free. Consequently the authorities had trouble rounding those birds up.

As for the breastfeeding other people's babies - that's what a wet nurse is - someone who breastfeeds other peoples babies.

Historically the noblewomen used to assign a wet nurse to their infants so that they could do the job , especially if they wanted to fall pregnant more quickly.

As for now, I believe it still happens in some under developed countries, and possible other places as well.

Comment by Ohio Gal

November 25th 2008 19:28
It actually is NOT illegal to capture mice in Cleveland Ohio. I lived about an hour from there my whole life until 2 years ago. And as a matter of fact they ahve such a problem with mice because of the trash and people's housing situations they ENCOURAGE people to catch them!!!! Double check your rescources!

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