what can he think of what we’ve done to the world that he created

Ma loen praegu üht mõnusat poolpopulaarteaduslikku raamatut, kus on kombineeritud hea jutustamisoskus ja mulle südamelähedane teema. Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine, “Last Chance to See”. Adams üsna ilmselt ei saanud iialgi Maa hävitamise teemast üle, aga seekord vogonitest juttu ei ole. On sellest, kuidas meie endi käe all loomaliigid välja surevad. Pealkiri ütleb kõik ülejäänu. Adams võttis zooloogist sõbra kaasa ja läks kasutama viimast võimalust mõnda looma veel näha.

See oleks kurb raamat, aga kamoon, see on siiski Douglas Adams:) Ta vast ei pahanda (kuidas ta saakski, ta on surnud:P), kui ma tsiteerin kohta, kuhu ma praeguseks hetkeks selles raamatus jõudnud olen:

“/…/The kakapo is a bird out of time. If you look one in its large, round, greeny-brown face, it has a look of serenely innocent incomprehension that makes you want to hug it and tell it that everything will be all right, though you know that it probably will not be.

It is an extremely fat bird. A good-sized adult will weigh about six or seven pounds, and its wings are just about good for waggling a bit if it thinks it’s about to trip over something – but flying is completely out of the question. Sadly, however, it seems that not only has the kakapo forgotten how to fly, but it has also forgotten that it’s forgotten how to fly. Apparently a seriously worried kakapo will sometimes run up a tree and jump out of it, whereupon it flies like a brick and lands in a graceless heap on the ground. /…/”

Kakapo on muidu üks papagoi. Järjekordne lennuvõimetu Uus-Meremaa lind.

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