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Friday 18 November 2016 2.44pm
beetroot wrote:
Humans are repulsive. We introduced rabbits then came up with myxomatosis, we introduced rats then convince ourselves they're dirty, now we turn our rage on parakeets. What a crappy species humans are.

Rabbits were introduced for food, but escaped from their warrens. Rats? OK they came as stowaways on the ships, but that's hardly humans' fault. Introductions are usually accidental, and difficult to stop. When I worked in a greengrocers' shop in the 1960s, and we (warily) opened a crate of bananas, we'd always have someone with big boots on standing by to jump on any big black hairy spiders that scuttled out (and they can move pretty fast, believe me).

Remember Joan Aiken's story The Wolves of Willoughby Chase? - when the wolves come through the Channel Tunnel? And we thought human immigrants were the problem.
Friday 18 November 2016 8.20pm
beetroot wrote:
we introduced rats then convince ourselves they're dirty

The Russians would disagree, it seems...
Friday 18 November 2016 8.25pm
Jules62 wrote:
beetroot wrote:
we introduced rats then convince ourselves they're dirty

The Russians would disagree, it seems...

Gosh. Well the coypu isn't actually a rat but I take your point.
jpm
Monday 21 November 2016 3.50pm
Back on topic, there's usually plenty of the parakeets in Newington Gardens....
Monday 21 November 2016 5.29pm
Haven't seen (or heard) any around my SE1 office, but "home" in Brent we have loads. I counted 20+ one morning on telephone wires on my daily walk around The Welsh Harp, we also have them on Barn Hill/Brent Countryside Park. They do make a noise, but then so do the Canada Geese that are in The Welsh Harp.
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