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2012-01-31
Man Found Guilty - Faking a new species of Red Hawk in New Zealand.


Grant Michael Teahan a farmer from Dannevirk, North Island, New Zealand was fined $20,000-00 NZ after a judge found him guilty of two counts of ill-treating animals.

Ornithologists believed a previously undiscovered species of hawk had emerged when red-winged birds of prey were spotted around the North Island town of Dannevirk.

In fact, the birds where Common Harrier HawksCircus approximans - which farmer Grant Michael Teahan had trapped, spray-painted red, then released as a prank.


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