News Avian Souls
posted by October 30 at 8:59 AMon
A very old flamingo was attacked by young humans:
Four Australian teenagers have been charged with an attack on an almost blind greater flamingo, thought to be one of the oldest of its kind alive.
Police and zoo officials said the flamingo’s head and beak were injured and it was bleeding from an eye.
The bird, aged at least 75 years, is in a critical condition, zoo staff said.
The bird has been at the zoo for most of its life and, with its Chilean partner, has been one of Adelaide zoo’s most popular exhibits.
The old bird has a Chilean partner. My heart just broke.
For reasons that are not easy to explain, the sad business recalled this passage in Swann’s Way:
I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and so effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognised their voice the spell is broken.