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Name: Betty
Status: other
Age: WA

Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 12/20/2004


Question:
We have a house sparrow that we raised when she was thrown out of the nest right after hatching, with no feathers, and having a crooked leg. She is now 6 1/2 years old - spoiled, cage bound, moved from room to room wherever we go, including the dinner table where she eats what we eat. What is her life expectancy?


Replies:
In the wild about 5 years; in captivity? I guess you are going to have data on that at some point. Generally, captive animals may live considerablly longer than their wild counterparts. Small birds' heart rates are generally 4x+ faster than humans and many die from heart failure at some point.

Steve Sample


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