Snakes, monkeys…and a tree

Image: The tree that owns itself. BLOODOFOX / public domain

As of today I won’t be blogging early in the morning on most days, as being with the sadness of Laura first thing in the morning affects me and my day. Instead I will blog in the afternoon or early evening.

Today it is about the voiceless.

A massive python was captured by herdsmen in Kwazulu Natal and then removed by a reaction officer.

“A reaction officer escorted Evans to the area where he uplifted the reptile. Residents informed him that eggs were seen in the vicinity of the area the python had been captured.

“Evans and the reaction officer were led to the location where several hatched eggs were discovered in a hole. A cellphone was lowered in and a video showing several babies was recorded. Due to the depth of the hole it was decided that the babies would be left in their natural environment,” Rusa said in a statement.”

I don’t know where they took the python or why they removed it. Judging from the pictures it looks very healthy and should be left in its environment. Sometimes snakes are captured if they are malnourished or need treatment, and once they’re healthy again, they are released. So this python should have been left alone.

I have stood a couple of metres aways from a 2 metre rock python and apart from us looking at each other, after about five minutes, it slithered away and continued on its journey.

‘Pythons are non-venomous snakes, and they live in the tropical areas of Africa and Asia’.

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/environment/2467582/massive-python-captured-in-kzn-by-herdsman/

To make matters worse they removed a mother from her babies. Generally there is a two-week interaction between them. So the babies need their mother.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/python-mothers-care-for-young-southern-african-snakes-spd

‘A new study from South Africa observed wild snake mothers protecting and warming their young for weeks after they emerged from eggs’.

Just imagine if a woman who was massive was removed (because of her size) and her newborn baby was left to fend for itself. Not a pretty picture. Why should it be any different for the voiceless?

Again in Kwazulu Natal, 59 blue vervet monkeys were removed from an animal sanctuary and put down.

https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribune/news/ezemvelo-accused-of-killing-59-healthy-monkeys-in-cold-blood-4b6ad68a-2249-47e0-b59b-d7962b13554e?fbclid=IwAR013LJVpFn_mGGZntdk7bcKhQMFpzMZpWoWCe1op2TjhBTWd0VXQ9Xtw1g

Man has taken over much of their natural habitat and the areas that their families have roamed for decades. Sure they can be a nuisance but with a bit of thought, man and monkey can respect each other and live accordingly.

Vervet monkeys are gregarious and family orientated and watching them and their antics can be both heartwarming and amusing. Every now and again they are culled because there are too many of them. Just imagine if that was the answer in areas where people density was too high to be sustainable. Plenty of places like that all over the world.

This story I really love. The tree that owns itself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_That_Owns_Itself

On the plaque:

A
Descendant of the
Tree
That Owns Itself
Planted by the
Junior
Ladies Garden Club
1946

The Tree That Owns Itself
Quercus alba
Deeded to itself by Col. William H. Jackson
circa 1832
This scion of the original tree was planted by
the Junior Ladies Garden Club in 1946

National Register of Historic Places 1975
Athens Historical Landmark 1988

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