Dead parrot sketch
Poisoned minds on a killing spree,
Poisonous sense of humour set free,
A tumour where your heart should be,
Offended by too much green in a tree.
Not enough grey in your concrete streets?
Was there too much life in those parakeets?
Too raucous and colourful for you here?
Need somewhere with less atmosphere?
What you deserve is a spell behind bars,
Or maybe a one-way ticket to Mars.
Then death shall have no further dominion
Outside your luxury condominium.
© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014
(For Kitty, Carolina, John and the other artists who are painting to stop the slaughter)
Several years ago the construction of “Avenida das Torres” (Avenue of the Towers) in the Amazonian city of Manaus resulted in the removal of many of the native trees and palms where white-winged parakeets and other birds had nested and roosted. In search of new homes, the birds found a group of imperial palms in front of a luxury condominium complex. As the residents did not like the chattering, singing and socialising of the birds, they arranged to have huge plastic nets put over the trees, which trapped and killed many of the birds. More recently several hundred of the parakeets have been found dead on the street, most probably poisoned. The white-winged parakeet is not an endangered species as such, but it will be before long unless attitudes to wildlife change. Remember the passenger pigeon, anyone?
Who trashed the habitat?
Who squashed the rabbit hat?
Who smashed the thermostat?
Who signed the exeat?
Where’s the world’s rarest cat?
© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.
Species profile: Iberian lynx
IUCN Red List Category: Critically Endangered
There may be as few as 170 Iberian lynx surviving in the wild, confined to two isolated and shrinking breeding populations in the Andalucia region of southern Spain. The devastation of its traditional Mediterranean scrubland (maquis) habitat due to infrastructure development and the expansion of agriculture and commercial forestry, combined with a scarcity of rabbits, its chief prey, caused by disease and the insidious effects of climate change, have brought the species perilously close to the exit door. Illegal hunting, accidental poisoning and road fatalities are also taking their toll on the remaining population. More info