As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Retired vice-principal's home sanctuary for hundreds of stuffed birds in Jilin province

80-year-old man and his wife use a good part of their pensions to keep 25-year hobby making specimens going

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 1:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 1:15pm

Darren Wee

A retired teacher in Huinan county in Jilin province has converted his home into an aviary of stuffed birds, Xinhua reported.

Hu Zhentao has spent tens of thousands of yuan over the past 25 years to fill his 60- square-metre home with more than 700 bird specimens.

Stuffed birds cover the cabinets, walls and desks of the 80-year-old’s house even after he donated 400 to the local science and culture centre.

“My purpose for making bird specimens is to spread the knowledge of loving and protecting birds to society, especially young people,” Hu told the news service.

He has made specimens out of 300 of Huinan county’s 430 species of bird. 

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