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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Poorly behaved endangered species

The island of Tiritiri Matangi is described as somewhere that anyone with even a mild interest in wildlife must visit. Eagerly we booked ourselves on a boat, with only slight disappointment at the huge number of our journey mates.

One of the highlights of the island is the Takahe, which resembles a rather overgrown moorhen. Now, the Takahe is one of the rarest birds in the world; it’s terribly endangered, and was once thought extinct. Rare birds should, of course, be difficult to see, and behave with a certain dignity befitting their status.


This Takahe is stealing a chocolate bar from an old lady’s lunch. How rude is that? This beast is known - it is called Greg and will regularly strut around the beach begging and stealing food. All well and good you might say, more energy means Greg is better able to service the ladies and save the species from extinction! Not so, Greg has been eating too much junk food and can’t keep a lady. He hasn’t bred for years. Utterly useless. He should be confined to the sperm bank then poor old ladies lunches will be safe and any genetic uselfulness will be preserved.


  Soph wrote @ January 30th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Ah, but what if the taste for chocolate from old ladies lunches is genetic!

  G wrote @ January 30th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Then the gene will be selected against pretty quickly (as it is being at present). Evolutuion is wonderful.

  Fart wrote @ January 31st, 2008 at 8:21 pm

If only it was the case with Americans (sorry for the generalisation and no I am not implying they nick chocolate bars from grannies (but I could be wrong))

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