Sunday, 7 July 2013

London's Wildlife

I just watched a very uplifting and positive nature documentary on London's wildlife. There was the wildlife you'd expect, such as pigeons, foxes, rats, etc. There was an old woman who got wild foxes to sit on command so that she could throw food to them from her window. But there were also many different fauna. Not just birds. There were peregrines and a couple of other raptors that hunt pigeons. I also saw a pelican eating a pigeon in a park in front of a combined human and bird audience. The pigeon was still struggling in the pouch of the pelican's beak and halfway down it's throat as the pigeon was eaten alive. Pigeons weren't the only birds under threat. There were terapins that hunted mallard chicks. There were foxes hunting seagulls on a landfill site as well. Deer in a park were some of the larger animals in London. But some unusual wildlife were parakeets, wild ones accidentally introduced. There were crayfish (a crustacean like a lobster, in case you didn't know) in the canals. There are even scorpions. Many animals came as stowaways on ships and others originated from escaped exotic pets.
I really got a feeling that, despite the impact our technologies, pollutants, population and wars have on the earth, if we look after our planet nature will renew itself and find a way to live alongside us. Not just in the countryside and jungles, but in our cities as well.
It was very uplifting and a nice change from the doom and gloom of climate change and exotic animals that might be extinct in our lifetime. It also got me thinking. If, like me, you don't have children and, unlike me, you would like to have them some day, don't see it as a failure if it doesn't happen. Think of the little bit of extra space it leaves, in our over-populated world, for another creature to have a chance at life. What if the creature that benefits is one of your favourite wild animals?
It was a lovely documentary about the non-human adapting and evolving ecology of the urban jungle.
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