Wasting Away in Margaritaville

WellsParty480This unidentified couple is being sought by the ASPCA for blatant cruelty to animals–here depicted using a crude flame thrower to roast a live lobster in the shell.

Making matters worse, they forced a naive, innocent parrot to look on during this gruesome display of wanton disregard for the dignity of the local wildlife on a recent Floyd County evening.

Meanwhile, the human wild life probably wound on til the wee hours, while this pair stepped on a pop top and limped on back home.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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