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The weaver and the widow

Almost all of weaverbirds and 68 species live in Africa. Only few of them live in South Asia, Madagascar and southern Arabia. Many of them are similar to sparrows, but painted bright and colorful. Perhaps, none of the birds had not mastered this art of weaving nests, as weaverbirds. It is “weaving”, even knitting a specific pattern. Fiber, picked at random from plants, bird several times passes via the fingers into a loop and then takes the bill to the end of the “rope” and firmly tighten the loop.

These weaverbirds weave nests of males. Females only finish the interior of the house finished lining spherical “floor” soft materials and under the roof weave “ceiling” —apparently, additional protection (insulation) from the tropical sun. Each male weaves the nest for several females, and then leaves them, giving themselves to sit and feed in a cozy house offspring. Living in the savannas of the weaverbirds nests in trees in large colonies — up to a hundred nests on a single acacia or baobab tree.’ Each hanging on the end of the branch, and from a distance they all look like large fruits. Continue reading

Transportation of animals on the train

In accordance with the Decree of the Ministry of economy of the Republic of Belarus dated 26.10.2012 N 90 “on tariffs for the carriage of passengers and Luggage by railway transport in urban, regional and interregional lines and making addenda to decree of the Ministry of economy of the Republic of Belarus of 12 may 2011 N 73”:

17. Fee for transportation of large breed dogs, small Pets and birds in carriages with numbered seats (except cars ST) is levied on each place or thing as for 20 kg of Luggage.

Fee for transportation of small animals and birds in cars with unnumbered seats will be charged from each place or thing in the amount of 50 percent of the full cost of the travel document (ticket) to the destination of the passenger.

71. Transportation in trains with numbered seats small Pets and birds is allowed in all cars (except sleeping (SV) and superior carriages) in the presence of a veterinary certificate or veterinary certificate and payment in accordance with Zakonodatelstva Belarus. Continue reading

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