"I swear it was THIS big." Is the cry of the crowd that fails to understand reason. I can't begin to tell how many times I have heard massive exaggerations from people who saw animals. They are always larger, more vicious, faster, quicker or more rare. Recently a woman called in to a raptor rehab all excited about an eagle she had "rescued" with a broken wing. In the background was heard the quacking of an injured duck. Whenever people find out I have birds of prey, it seems like a common thread to inform me of the huge three foot hawk they saw with the ten foot wingspan. We live in a world where all the fish are huge but got away. I believe almost nothing I am told, and only half of what I actually have seen. Anymore, if somebody feels so compelled to tell me of the enormous sight they have seen, I would prefer it if they had shown as much desire to bring me a photograph to prove it. Preferably one in focus.
I dream of a day when poultry can cross the road without their motives being questioned.