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They Invented What? (No. 162)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 12, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 5,934,226:  Bird diaper.

 

We claim:

1. A sanitary apparatus for use with a bird comprising: 

          a front section of fabric including a top surface and a bottom surface; 

         a back section of fabric connected to said front section of fabric, said back section of fabric including a bottom surface and a top surface having a top edge, said bottom surface of said back section of fabric containing means defining an aperture therethrough, said aperture being sized for receiving the tailfeathers of the bird, said top surface of said back section of fabric being longitudinally split from said top edge of said top surface to said aperture to form a first tab and a second tab; 

         fastening means for fastening said first tab to said second tab; 

         a pouch formed from the interconnection of said front section of fabric and said back section of fabric, said pouch being suited for receiving fecal matter therein; and 

         a pair of connectors, each of said connectors includes two ends, wherein one end of each of said connectors is connected to the top surface of said front section of fabric and the other ends of said connectors are connected to the top surface of said back section defining a first orifice, a second orifice, and a third orifice, said first and second orifice being suited for receiving the wings and legs of the bird and said third orifice being suited for receiving the head of the bird. 

2. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said fastening means comprises: 

         a first hook fastener affixed to said first tab; and 

         a first loop fastener affixed to said second tab; 

         whereby said hook fastener is removably attached to said loop fastener. 

3. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 2, further comprising: 

         a leash removably attached to said back section of fabric. 

4. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 3, wherein said leash comprises: 

         a second loop fastener including a back surface; and 

         a second hook fastener including a back surface, wherein said back surface of said second hook fastener is attached to said back surface of said second loop fastener forming an assembly; 

         wherein said assembly is inserted between said first tab and said second tab, and said second loop fastener is removably attached to said first hook fastener and said second hook fastener is removably attached to first loop fastener; 

         a cord connected to said assembly; and 

         a reinforcing member attached to said back surfaces of said second hook fastener and said second loop fastener, said reinforcing member being positioned at the point where said cord is connected to said assembly. 

5. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 4, further comprising a planer member attached to each of said back surfaces of said second hook fastener and second loop fastener. 

6. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising an absorbent pad attached to said pouch. 

7. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said connectors are elastomeric straps. 

8. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said front section of fabric and said back section of fabric are made of a stretchable and absorbent material. 

9. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said pouch is sized and configured to prevent excrement within said pouch from contacting the bird. 

10. A sanitary apparatus for use with a bird, said sanitary apparatus comprising: 

         a front piece of material including: a substantially rectangular-shaped top having a top edge, a phantom bottom edge and a pair of sides; a pair of outwardly diverging flanges connected to said sides of the rectangular-shaped top at said phantom bottom edge; and an elongated rounded bottom connected to said flanges and said phantom bottom edge; 

         a first back piece of material including: a first tab which is substantially rectangular in shape, said first tab has a top edge, a phantom bottom edge and a pair of sides; and a first semi-circular bottom connected to said phantom bottom edge of said first back piece, said first bottom has a first terminal end, whereby said first terminal end is substantially parallel to said sides of said first tab; 

         a second back piece of material including: a second tab which is substantially rectangular in shape, said second tab has a top edge, a phantom bottom edge and a pair of sides; and a second semi-circular bottom connected to said phantom bottom edge of said second back piece, said second bottom has a second terminal end, whereby said second terminal end is substantially parallel to said sides of said second tab; 

         whereby said first back piece of material is connected to said second back piece of material at each of said terminal ends, wherein the interconnection of said first back piece of material and said second back piece of material forms a sub-assembly, said sub-assembly is substantially a mirror image of said front piece of material; 

         whereby said sub-assembly is connected to said elongated rounded bottom of said front piece of material, wherein the interconnection of said assembly and said elongated rounded bottom forms an assembly; 

         a fastening means for fastening said first tab to said second tab; 

         whereby fastening said first tab to said second tab forms an aperture, said aperture being sized for receiving the tailfeathers of the bird; and 

         a pair of connectors, each of said connectors includes two ends, wherein one end of each of said connectors is connected to said rectangular-shaped top, the other end of one of said connectors is connected to said first tab, and the other end of the other of said connectors is connected to said second tab, defining a first orifice, a second orifice, and a third orifice, said first and second orifice being suited for receiving the wings and legs of the bird and said third orifice being suited for receiving the head of the bird. 

11. The sanitary apparatus as defined in claim 10, wherein said assembly of said pieces of material forms an elongated pouch for receiving and containing excrement discharged by a bird. 

12. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 10, wherein said pouch is sized and configured to prevent excrement within said pouch from contacting the bird. 

13. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 10, further comprising an absorbent pad attached to said pouch. 

14. The sanitary apparatus as defined in claim 10, wherein said connectors are elastomeric straps. 

15. The sanitary apparatus as defined in claim 10, wherein said front piece of material, said first back piece of material and said second back piece of material are made of a stretchable and absorbent fabric. 

16. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 10, wherein said fastening means comprises: 

         a first hook fastener affixed to said first tab; and 

         a first loop fastener affixed to said second tab; 

         whereby said first hook fastener is removably attached to said first loop fastener. 

17. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 16, further comprising: 

         a leash removably attached to said assembly, said leash including: 

         a second loop fastener including a back surface; and 

         a second hook fastener including a back surface, wherein said back surface of said second hook fastener is attached to said back surface of said second loop fastener forming an assembly; 

         wherein said assembly is inserted between said first tab and said second tab, and said second loop fastener is removably attached to said first hook fastener and said second hook fastener is removably attached to first loop fastener; 

         a cord connected to said assembly; and 

         a reinforcing member attached to said back surfaces of said second hook fastener and said second loop fastener, said reinforcing member being positioned at the point where said cord is connected to said assembly. 

18. The sanitary apparatus according to claim 17, further comprising a planer member attached to each of said back surfaces of said second hook fastener and second loop fastener.

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