But this article about a couple of canary thieves had me wondering if I'd given up too soon.
My first thought when I read about it was that maybe it was a prank. Maybe they stole them to release them, as a protest against the cruelty of keeping birds in cages. Maybe they were on a treasure hunt and somewhere on the list was 500 canaries. But no, apparently their motives were a lot less whimsical. They were in it for the money. It seems that at $30 a pop, that many canaries has a street value of $15,000.
And there's something I'd never thought I'd find myself writing about ... the street value of a canary.
You've got to give them credit though, they saw an opportunity and they took it. And lets be honest, stealing 500 canaries had to be a logistical nightmare! What with the noise and the fluttering and the bird faeces ... oh god, think of the bird faeces ... it can't have been an easy thing to do. I'd almost be impressed, if I didn't remember that they stole them from some poor old Grandpa.
Those birds were probably his pride and joy, and those avianappers stole them without any remorse. They were just winging it, and they didn't give a flock if they ruffled his feathers.
Okay, sorry, I'll stop with the puns.