haha! yeah, seems like their ubiquity is a uniquely irish thing. my father kept one as a pet when he was a teenager, so I sort of took that as an incentive to try and save every injured rook I found. came to the conclusion that they're finicky wee buggers, and very specific about the type of food I fed them. I figured out that they enjoy dogfood, which I suppose offered some explanation as to why they've always tortured our mutt out back!