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The wren was a sacred bird to the Druids and even the smallest child knew the severe penalties for stealing a wren's egg from the nest. Your hands would blacken and shrivel in a hideous fashion. This in a time centuries long before advances in skin care and dermatology. The Druids protected the little creature with this cautionary tale. Woe to the fool or thief who dares cross the wren. For everyone knows, it’s difficult to raise a wine glass of Pinot Noir with a shrunken disfigured hand.