Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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With the birth of Emily, Yvonne, Cecil, Mary and Annette Dion in 1934, the province of Ontario together with Canada discovered a "human gold mine". From the moment Quint was born, they were subjected to dire living standards and were abused by the provincial government for financial gain. But, why did the Dion quintuplets and their parents, Elzire and Oliva, manipulate such a dire fate? During an era that was struggling financially, the Ontario government took advantage of a very rare event to earn short-term financial gains. The small Franco-Ontario hamlet of Corbeil, the birthplace of the quintuplets, became a booming tourist attraction, generating huge crowds and enormous amounts of money. This is the story of five girls who were raised in a "baby zoo".