There were quite a few interesting historical events that occurred today. I was tempted to focus on the creation of time zones or the invention of Daguerreotypes. This article drew my attention because it sounded rather bizarre. It’s hard to imagine a champion for exotic birds turning out to be a leader of an exotic bird smuggling ring.

Tony with the tame Pesquet’s Parrot (c) David Monroger

“Tony Silva, a world-renowned expert and outspoken protector of exotic birds, is sentenced to seven years in prison without parole for leading an illegal parrot smuggling operation. Silva was only one of many to be arrested during “Operation Renegade,” a three-year international probe into bird smuggling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Law Enforcement, although his case was by far the best known.”