I spent today visiting with an old friend. We had a very good time and a lot of laughs. One of her friends came by and we got to talking about pets.
Like everyone else, we've all had an assortment of pets. Also, like everyone else, some of our pets have had unusual deaths. I remembered that when I was growing up, we had tropical fish. One of the fish had babies and since it was winter, my mother wanted to keep them warm. She thought she was doing the right thing so she put the tank on the radiator. Unfortunately, the heat came up and cooked the fish.
At the other extreme, my friend's friend was concerned about the cost of heating, so she kept her house temperature very low and wore sweaters. Unfortunately, she didn't have any warm clothing for her two tropical birds. They froze to death.
The strangest death, I think, was my parakeet "Pete". I had had him for a few years and he seemed happy and healthy. One night we were watching a movie on TV and when it was over, we went to check on Pete. There was Pete laying on the bottom of his cage - dead. The movie? The Birds. I guess it frightened him.