Last Tuesday, September 15, 2015, a very dear friend of mine passed away. Now that it's been almost a week since she died and all the events are over, I thought it might be time to address my feelings. So I submit to you: a letter. A letter that the recipient will never read.
Not a long post today but something I thought was interesting.
Meet the Lyrebird. Lyrebirds are native to Australia and until about 30 minutes ago, I had never heard of them. I have always been fascinated by birds' ability to mimic non-natural (i.e. human made) sounds though and - after watching way too many sloth videos - the Lyrebird happened to pop up on my YouTube suggestions. Specifically, this video from Nat Geo Wild:
Pretty cool, right? Not only does this bird look cool, with its' Peacock-esque tail, it is able to mimic almost every sound it hears. That's pretty impressive. In fact, during mating season (from June to August) a Lyrebird might sing for up to 4 hours a day. No wonder he's mimicking a camera shutter. He has to dig deep for material to cover 4 hours!
Lyrebirds aren't like Parrots, don't get that idea. You probably aren't going to hear a Lyrebird say "Polly want a cracker" any time soon - though Lyrebirds in zoos have been known to copy human speech. But their lack of human mimicking is a good thing, I think. The only reason that Parrots talk is because they're raised in captivity. And while I don't necessarily disagree with owning pets (I have two dogs who wouldn't last 5 minutes out on their own and we're all very happy here, thanks) I don't think the Lyrebird qualifies as the type of animal you'd want in a cage next to your bed.
In fact, it makes me a little sad to think that Lyrebirds even hear these sounds to begin with. Like the one above mimicking a chainsaw. The reason he knows that sound is because they have been cutting down trees in his habitat. I think we can all agree that's a bit sad.
Here's another impressive video of a Lyrebird:
So there you go, your science lesson for the day. Lyrebirds are pretty cool and not just your average bird. Hope you learned something new.
Why is it that every time something bad happens we have to have a group of people to blame? Then we have to openly shame them until we either, get tired of talking about it or, something new happens that distracts us? Shouldn't we be looking for a solution instead?