Saturday, 13 February 2010

An unfortunate event

This pisses me off.

Someone ran over a pademelon the other day. This sort of this is almost entirely avoidable here. But some shit was driving too fast and skittled the poor little thing. This is only a few weeks after a tree kangaroo was found dead at the side of the road with puncture wounds, presumably from a dog attack.

The paddie that was killed lived on my property. On wet afternoons, she would shelter in her favourite spot next to the bay window, where the soil was dry and the wall provided a back rest. This one liked her comfort. She was also quite a talkative animal and would greet me in the morning with a sneeze, which I suspect was a request for some of my breakfast banana and pawpaw.

I don't have many photos of this one because it was difficult to keep her away from the lens. She would get too close. Paddies are inquisitive animals.

20 comments:

JK said...

Hi Snail,

It seems that you've just lost a "valentine" on valentine's day!(Well, not a laughing matter, actually.)
Anyway, I must say this sort of road victims in my home country, Malaysia, ususally involves much more than just a small mammal. It could be a leopard today, wild cat tomorrow, pagolins and tapirs the day after and even an elephant or two! Truly grisly & really can make any nature/animal lover pissed off at first sight!

JK

mick said...

Such actions show no respect for life at all. Very distressing.

Duncan said...

What a bugger Snail, one has to use strong language at a time like this. A wild animal friend is something special.

Sherryl said...

Oh dear. Cars are killing machines, drivers are idiots.
Makes me worry about our wombat when I see he's been down by the highway again.

Lulu Stader said...

So sad. Good for you for reporting it here.

Snail said...

JK, that must be truly dispiriting. I guess the only consolation is that anyone smacking into a leopard or tapir is going to have a lot of car damage. (Unless it's a semi-trailer.) Just about everything in the rainforest here is small, so it doesn't do anything to a vehicle. Only cassowaries are big enough to have an impact (as it were). They used to occur in this area, but no more.

Snail said...

Mick, exactly! There was absolutely no reason for it. This stretch of road is only about 1.5 km long with a couple of curves, a load of speed bumps and several concealed drive ways. It's not hard to avoid hitting animals.

And as for the likely dog attack on the tree roo ...

Snail said...

Duncan, she was one of my two favourite paddies. The other one was the old, split-eared male I called Steptoe. (I must find a better name for him!) When he didn't turn up for a couple of days, I was really worried. But he's watching me through the licing room window as I type this.

Snail said...

Sherryl, you'll have to give your wombat a stern talking to! I hope it can recognise car sounds and knows to keep away from them.

Snail said...

Lulu, if I find out who's responsible, I will have a few words. They didn't even stop to move the dead animal off the road.

I've got a suspicion, but that's not very helpful.

Dave Coulter said...

That's a very sad. She sounds like she was a sweet creature :(

Susan said...

this is very sad, but perhaps preventable in the future...Here in Canada there's a small (about 2 inches long, 1 inch wide) plastic apparatus that you attach to the front bumper of your car. It's a mini wind tunnel and when the car is moving fast, the wind creates a very high pitched sound, that humans can't hear, but that dogs, and deer and other animals with more sensitive hearing can. When they hear it, they head for the bush. I often see "roadkill" on the highways, but I have never hit an animal, as I use this small device and I have seen lots on the road ahead of me...they always run away before my car gets there.

Susan said...

Me again...the warning device can be seen (and purchased) at http://www.deerwhistle.com

Snail said...

Dave, she was very cute. And now I get a bit worried when I don't see one of the regulars for a while.

(Mind you, it's been raining pretty heavily here, so I can tell myself that the weather is keeping them in the forest.)

Snail said...

Susan, the equivalent here is a Shu-Roo, which alerts animals (esp roos) to the vehicle's presence. I hear that they are very effective on the open road and some govt depts have them fitted to their cars. Kangaroos can be a major hazard on the highways!

If people drove along this road at a sensible speed (no more than 40km/hr), they'd be able to stop in time. Instead, they gun it between the 20km/hr speed bumps because they're ... well ... twits, I guess. They really don't care about the wildlife, which makes me wonder why they don't sell their properties to people who do!

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Russell Constable said...

I'm very sorry to read this. Only a fortnight ago I rescued a joey from the pouch of a mortally injured pademelon on the Ella Bay Road.The joey is now with an FNQ wildlife carer. I was so pissed off at finding the poor paddy left to die a slow painful death by the side of the road. The speed limit was 40 km/h.Bastards.
Will blog this story in near future.
Good to know I'm not the only person that gets pissed off at such a senseless loss.
Again I'm so sorry to hear your sad news snail

desertnutmeg said...

Oh damn. I hated reading that.
Favorite line from a movie:

"People suck, Dad."

No! You can't rename Steptoe!!!

Sherryl-you have a resident Wombat??? Why am i not reading about that on your blog????

Hope you are feeling better Snail.
Truly.

meggs.

Snail said...

Meggs,thanks for the good wishes.

I haven't seen the pademelon formerly known as Steptoe for almost a week now and I'm a bit worried about him.

One of my neighbours has threatened to take every roadkilled animal into the council offices unless they do something about the carnage. I do't think it's an empty threat, either!

Snail said...

Russell, the amount of roadkill here is ridiculous. The paddies don't have much road sense but it seems that neither do some of the other road users.

The new development on the Johnstone River is likely to add another 800 traffic movements a day along one of the nearby roads. Even if we don't relocate the dead animals to the council offices, I'll be documenting them.