Oh well done the hero who shot Chris the Rhea! How courageous! In the very act of being disembowelled, the gamekeeper managed to get a shot in and saved his life by a whisker; or should that be a feather?
It’s clear that a six foot bird with six inch claws is a potential health hazard; but so are the twelve-wheel lorries belting up and down our roads at breakneck speed. The secret is, don’t go near them…
What upsets me, is that if Chris was a real danger, he should have been dealt with weeks ago. If you can shoot to kill, you can shoot a tranquilizer dart. Why was the bird not captured in that way when he first escaped?
He was shot, apparently, because he was a hazard to traffic. Oh well, at the least the local residents can cruise the highways in their BMWs and Chelsea Tractors in the safe knowledge that they won’t be discommoded by a large flightless bird. Somehow though, I feel we are all diminished by Chris’s passing.
12/5/2014 11:12:33 am
Well said! Yet another example of mankind preserving the natural world, for it's own benefit, only to destroy it when it dares to behave naturally! To think, we refer to them as being ' dumb animals'! I dread to think what they would call us if they could speak - doubtless, it would be unprintable but almost certainly more appropriate!
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