All quiet at once-chirpy Balestier bird shop
Family shuts business after 60 years, citing avian flu, dwindling interest
ONCE upon a time, if you wanted to buy an eagle, you would head to Ann Soon Hong Bird Shop.
But the Balestier establishment - believed to be the oldest bird shop in Singapore - has shut its doors after a 60-year run.
The family business closed last month after avian flu and a lack of interest in songbirds took their toll.
It is a quiet end for the shop, which until the 1980s, was an exotic pet business and had TV stars like Chew Chor Meng as patrons.
BUY SONGBIRD OR IPAD?
If a songbird can cost up to $1,000, why not buy an iPad instead?
- One of the enthusiasts at Serangoon North's bird-watching corner, Mr Alex Lum, 45