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Santa Monica poised to keep exotic animals from public spots
Santa Monica poised to keep exotic animals from public spots

Howard Kaminsky stood in Palisades Park at the top of the Santa Monica Pier ramp, gently tossing Violet, his red-feathered eclectus parrot, from hand to hand. The self-styled "bird man of Santa Monica" then flipped the bird into the air and, as she descended, opened his mouth, her signal to latch her black upper beak onto his bottom front teeth and dangle for a spell. To a dozen amused bystanders, he boasted: "I've been putting birds on people for seven years here in Santa Monica. But Santa Monica feels we're a nuisance." Many visitors might consider such creatures one of the quirky novelties of a day at the beach. But Santa Monica officials contend that...

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