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  • The children of storks care for their feeble and blind parents, carrying them upon their backs, feeding them faithfully: for this reason the gratitude of children toward parents is called antipelargia, stork-gratitude.

    A related concept is the Stork’s Law or Lex Ciconaria,

    a Roman law which obliged children to maintain their necessitous parents in old age, “in imitation of the stork.�?

    January 11, 2009