[LMB] What animals would the Firsters have brought to Barrayar-to-be?

Baur baur at chello.at
Fri Apr 8 14:48:00 BST 2016

Am 08.04.2016 um 11:22 schrieb Katrina Allis:
> On 8 April 2016 at 09:48, A. Marina Fournier <saffronrose at me.com> wrote:
>>> i can one-up you on this - Keas
>> You made me spend 3 hours roaming through Wikipedia!
>> However, I now know much more about avian taxonomy; pests &
>> protection--and the intersection thereof (whyever are possum protected in
>> Ox & NZ?); the formerly-captive/domesticated feral bird populations of the
>> world, Phillip Temple, the only native mammals of NZ, the avian trade
>> (legal and not), relative intelligence of birds, and way too much more with
>> which to bore anyone.
>> But yes, kea are fearsome things in a dome environment, or in an
>> agricultural area.
> Kea are pretty awesome.  Did you watch the old AMI ad?
> http://www.advertolog.com/ami/adverts/kea-739955/

here on youtube


the university of vienna does intelligence studies with keas in 
schönbrunn zoo .. i got to watch once and had a nice talk with one of 
the university people (he was keeping watchers and passer byes about 10 
meters away for the cage and explained what they were doing there) ..




> Possums, however, are not, and are not protected in NZ (other
> than prevention of cruelty to animals type stuff).  They are an invasive
> omnivorous species who eat the native ground-nesting bird's eggs and young,
> kill trees etc etc.  There is a small business industry around possum fur
> (possum fur wool is really warm and cozy), but I don't think that's a good
> trade off for the environment.  We used to go on holiday and see trees with
> big steel collars on near the base that were too wide for possums to climb
> over, and hopefully save the trees from being killed by possums.  The
> Department of Conservation has and continues to put a lot of effort into
> reducing the possum population.
> I'd send them all back to Australia if I could.  Not an option,
> unfortunately, because of Australia's biosecurity laws.  They're protected
> in Australia because they're a native animal there and I think are
> endangered?
> There are tongue-in-check souvenirs around in NZ that say things like
> 'Possums: New Zealand's little speed bump' - but they're also
> semi-serious.
> If I had to choose between removing all the wild rabbits from NZ or all the
> possums, it would be a really hard choice.
> Have any of you read Karen Traviss' Wess'har series (City of Pearl etc)?  I
> have a certain sympathy for the environment-friendly Wess'har.
> Katrina
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