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Avoidable roadkill

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While driving on Tyalgum Road I witnessed several ibis on the road ahead with two cars approaching fast. I mentally called ‘get off the road!’ because I could see the cars were not slowing down to leave time for the large, slow moving birds to fly away. They finally flew but the car ahead smashed into one as it was arching up to the sky. It was violently catapulted into the air, feathers flying everywhere, and landed on the other side of the road.

Horrified, I jumped out of the car to help but life had expired from its body.

Why can’t people slow down for just one second to give animals a chance to get off the road? Do they not know that birds mate for life and the careless and uncaring act of killing its mate dooms the mate to a lonely life forever?

In past years I’ve seen more native roadkill strewn by the side of the road – bandicoots, possums, wallabies, snakes, water dragons.

These days I mainly see dead birds. We are a nation that does not value our native animals and as a result have the world’s worst record for mammal extinctions, having lost 62 species to extinction since 1788. Australia has 1800 species at risk of extinction right now.

Don’t add to the carnage – slow down for wildlife.

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