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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Rewilding The American Elephant 

If you have ever been sitting in a New York hotel room and wish you had gone to Africa instead, then you visited New York to early.
It would appear that scientists want to "rewild" animals such as Cheetahs, Lions and Elephants by releasing them in america. They argue that it would help to prevent them from becoming extinct in Africa, they also claim that the long lost semi-blood ancestors of many of these animals once roamed the North American continent.

Now, it might just be me, but an encounter with a Lion at a busy intersection isn't my idea of fun...and I'm sure that the Americans don't want an elephant stampede to run across the freeway in peak hour.

If you think about it, there have been lengthy debates about saving native American species, and some previous attempts at relocating various species have been dismal failures.

I'm not saying don't save the Elephant, Cheetah, Lion, etc. I'm just saying, don't make a whole new species. The world doesn't need an American elephant, and the freeways don't need lions.

It's not quite the same thing, but I suspect somebody has watched the fiirst half-hour of Jurassic Park a few too many times....to that person, watch the rest of the movie and see what happens, you should also watch Jumanji which will give you a pretty good insight into the workings of wild animals in urban areas, no matter what your doctorate tells you, they won't be playing cards and smoking cigars. I can guarantee that you'll rethink your insane idea...unless your brain isn't useful, which could very well be the case with an idea like that.

American Elephant? Nah, I'll pass...

Samuel

Comments:
They should start by 'saving' their native American Indians before they worry about animals !
 
Yes, and they should also consider the impact that lions, cheetahs and elephants will have on the ecosystem...unless they are aiming to destroy the existing diversity.

And yes, the native human problems are more important than the foreign animal problems.
 
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