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Killed sparrow to go on display
By Geraldine Coughlan
BBC News, The Hague

Kees Moeliker, curator of the Rotterdam Natural History Museum, poses with a stuffed house sparrow
The museum is planning an exhibition on sparrows
A sparrow which was shot dead for knocking over 23,000 dominoes in the Netherlands is to go on display at Rotterdam's Natural History Museum.

The bird almost spoiled a televised world record attempt before it was killed with an air rifle.

The shooting caused a public outcry. Animal rights groups condemned the bird's killing last month and a website was erected in its honour.

On Friday, the bird's killer was fined for shooting a protected species.

Prosecutors said the exterminator who killed it should have known better and fined him 170 euros (114; $200).

Freezer

The organisers argued the killing was justified, as more than 100 people had worked for a month setting up the dominoes, but they held a TV memorial for the bird.

They went on to topple about four million dominoes, claiming a new record - which still has to be verified by Guinness World Records.

The bird was kept in a government freezer after its killing became a criminal matter.

It will be placed on top of a box of dominoes in an exhibition on sparrows next year.

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