Sapsucker 1 - Kidnapper 0

July 09, 2013  •  2 Comments

It's not everyday a bird sends a kidnapper to jail, but back in the early 1980s, the Williamson's Sapsucker did just that.  An avid birding couple from Pennsylvania had traveled to Colorado in the hope of seeing a Williamson's Sapsucker. 

 

"Have any Happy Meal you want." A male Williamson's Sapsucker brings a lunch of red ants and yellow caterpillars to the kids.

 

While searching the foothills west of Denver for the elusive bird, the couple missed a turn-off and ended up down a little-used dirt road.  The wife got the urge to answer nature's call and noticed an abandoned outhouse.  At the outhouse she heard "weird cries" and looked around.  She then heard a little girl cry "Mommy, I want some Kool-Aid."  The birders discovered a 3-year old girl hidden in the pit beneath the outhouse and called authorities.  The girl had been abducted three days earlier then presumably left there to die.  Rescuers evacuated the girl who was taken to the hospital suffering from dehydration and hypothermia.  There she was reunited with her parents. 

Prior to her rescue, one of the girl's playmates and a neighbor had given a description of a suspicious vehicle to police.  The cops had a suspect who was later picked out of a line-up by the victim.  After a year of legal battles as to what evidence would be admissible, the kidnapper copped a plea bargain and was sent to prison.

 

Before it's career of sending scumbags to jail, The William's Sapsucker was best know for it's extreme sexual dimorphism.  So extreme that prior to 1873 the males and females had been thought to be two different species. 

 

The work is never done for The Beak of Justice - here Pops is taking out the diapers (the young excrete a mucus coating over their feces, creating an easily disposable fecal sac).

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Amy(non-registered)
I'll second Miz Kish on that one.
dkish(non-registered)
opposites attract and dad does diapers...i like these little suckers
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