Customs Finds 70 Finches in Hair Rollers

Officials believe the birds were brought to the U.S. to participate in singing contests.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers. Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag. The New York Times reports officials believe the birds were brought to the U.S. to participate in singing contests. Customs officials say people bet on how many times the finches chirp, and a winning male…

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