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Museum to honor unlucky, dead sparrow



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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 12, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Dutch museum will honor a common house sparrow that caused an uproar when it was shot for knocking over a massive display of stacked dominoes.

Animal rights activists were incensed at the shooting last month, when an exterminator downed the bird as workers toiled at building a record-setting domino maze for a televised toppling event. A tribute Web site was set up attracting more than 24,000 hits, and radio stations offered bounties for anyone who could knock down more of the dominoes before the event.

The organizers of the event say they broke their own record of 3,992,397 dominoes, set last year, by successfully felling 4,155,476.

On Friday, the man who shot the bird was fined $200 for shooting a protected species, the BBC said.

The Rotterdam Natural History Museum Monday announced the bird had been kept frozen by the Ministry of Justice, and said it would be stuffed and featured in a tribute display next year, perched atop a box of dominoes.

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Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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