The Canary Dies At the End

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At the turn of the twentieth century, coal miners would use canaries in order to detect carbon monoxide and other toxic gases to humans. Miners would sometimes refer to the birds as pets, but the birds were always there as a protectant. If the bird became ill or died, the miners knew to evacuate. And, according to the Smithsonian, “[a]lthough ending the use of the birds to detect deadly gas was more humane, miners’ feelings were mixed. “They…