Friday, December 10, 2010

We'll take some "Good News" for $500, Alex

Photo credit: M. Shultz (via)

OK, look, if this is a consequence of global warming, we don't want to hear it. We'd rather just be happy to report that the short-tailed albatross, once profoundly endangered by fashionable hats, is now expanding its range.
Two pairs of the short-tailed albatross, thought to remain only on two Japanese islands, have been found nesting on Kure Atoll and on Midway Atoll, American national wildlife refuges in the Hawaiian Islands.
And not only geographic expansion, but perhaps a social expansion as well:
The birds that were recently found include one male-female pair, with a fertilized egg, and one female-female pair with two eggs. It is still unclear whether the eggs of the same-sex pair are fertilized.
Good for them. If only they could serve openly in the military. (Yeah, we know we said good news. Sorry about that.)

More about the critter here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it ironic how animals survive pretty well on their own without humans managing them? Now all we need to do is take back our public lands from the ranchers and hunters and our predators will do fine.