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In The Witness of January 6, the sad article about the poisoning of African White-Backed vulture caught my attention. In the January 5 edition, Jason Londt’s article about the possible decrease in the population of cicadas also caught my attention, especially his theory that the abundance of hadedas might be contributing to the demise.
He surprisingly goes on to ask if some thought should be given to controlling the troublesome birds.
I think hadedas are emblematic of suburban life in South Africa, and I love that their hilarious laughter wakes me up each day. Is Londt promoting the poisoning of these heralds, and will we soon be confronted in the press by harrowing photographs of hadeda carcasses on our lawns?
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