Monday, September 24, 2012

The eye of the beholder

The photo shows Arı the Bee-eater being fed shortly before it was released. The ingenious feeding device is a cut-off toothpaste tube and a plastic nozzle.
The room you see in the photo was dedicated to the bird once it was well enough to be taken out of its original home in a box. The room was in a house that was otherwise unoccupied. After the bird was released, the lovely Kurdish woman, Ferah, who looks after various houses in the vicinity cleaned up the room. When I arrived, a couple of weeks after all these events, I asked Ferah if she had seen the Bee-eater when it was in captivity. She replied with an obvious lack of enthusiasm:  'I saw its shit.'

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