That's disgusting, and cruel. But good for you (and your husband) for following it up! I'm glad they got their come-uppance.
Hadn't heard this one either. It is unreal to me that we have to inhabit the planet with people like these. What kind of sicko even comes up with stuff like this?Originally Posted by Hummusisyummus
I don't know about Alka Seltzer, but I have heard ducks that are used to taking handouts from people will eat quaterters and can be made to sink for $2.00.
There really are sick people in this world. Why can't we just leave the animals alone?
The article you reference talks about rice ... the OP is talking about AlkaSeltzer. I think there may be a difference of significant proportions. And even if they don't explode - I am pretty sure that a human dosage of Alka Seltzer cannot possibly be good for an animal that weights 1/100th (or less) of the weight the dose is calculated for.Originally Posted by morningglory
Claim: Rice thrown to wish newly-wedded couples well can kill their fine feathered friends.
So, apparently, it's not possible for the seagulls to explode. I'm not sure how your husband picked up the corpses, when it's supposedly not possible.
I did read the whole post - I missed that one sentence. Don't get snippy.Originally Posted by morningglory
"Origins: We're cautioned not to throw rice at the bride and groom, because the grain will prove harmful to the birds who swoop down to eat it. The rice expands in those little birdy stomachs, causing our avian companions to explode, we're warned. Let's quit worrying about the birds. They'll be fine. "Seagulls don't explode when they eat Alka-Seltzer; pigeons don't explode when they eat rice."
It may not be the best thing for them, but they won't explode.
So yes - it is true the bird will not explode. This is; however, a very cruel and intolerably inhumane experiment.Alka-Seltzer, he says, is sodium bicarbonate, and in low doses can be therapeutic for ailing birds. But you have to start slowly and give them very little, he says. Too much at once causes vomiting and death.
What an overdose does once it gets in the bird's tummy or a human tummy for that matter is cause alkaline burns. It begins to bubble up when it comes in contact with stomach fluids. When that happens, it can cause tissue damage that hurts more than the upset stomach you were trying to cure.
Again while the birds may not have exploded they most certainly could have died and I'm sure the corpses of the little birds who vomited while suffering from alkaline burns and gastric bleeding wasn't a pretty site.Originally Posted by morningglory
I'm not sure how your husband picked up the corpses, when it's supposedly not possible.
That doesn't say good things about our society.