As if the Rudd government’s continuing popularity and free-to-air TV programming weren’t sufficient evidence to prove a hefty proportion of the population have custard between their ears, along came Colin (or belatedly, Collette) to make the case water-tight.
A wild animal is abandoned in its habitat and faces a lingering death. Big news, it happens only countless times a day, every day. You could drive just 200km west of Sydney and see scores of wildlife fatalities, courtesy of road traffic. That’s apart from the victims of feral cats, legitimate hunters, natural disasters and disease.
But thanks to the green religion and its practitioners’ lust for attention, a dumbed-down education system, a lazy media that loves a tear-jerker within helicopter distance and a political system that reacts to emotionalism rather than rationale, this completely normal event became news of the week.
In a saner society, as soon as the whale calf appeared in its distressed state the situation would have been summed up quickly and the victim removed from its misery.
Instead it had to suffer for the best part of a week while nutcases of various persuasions metaphorically dropped their trousers in public:
Wildlife experts . . . had been brought in to try to save the 14ft animal, which was serenaded with songs, stroked by vets and gently encouraged to make its way back to the ocean. There had been talk of force-feeding it with baby formula through a tube, but the calf was clearly dying and euthanasia seemed the only option.
A spokesman for the Divine Marine Group said he was 100m away when the calf was given six lethal jabs. He compared what he called the “absolutely disgusting” sight of the whale being towed to the shore with the shocking scenes of a whale hunt. “It looked like a scene out of the Antarctic with a Japanese fishing boat. It was absolutely disgusting,” Alexander John Littingham, a sea captain, told Fairfax Radio Network
Aboriginal whale whisperer Bunna Lawrie tried to soothe the animal Thursday, stroking it while humming a tongue-rolling tune.
I HOPE THE ONES THAT WERE INCHARGE OF PUTTING TO SLEEP THE BABY WHALE HAVE A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN TO NO WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO HAVE ONE PUT TO SLEEP JUST BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T FIND THERE MOTHER.
Posted by: sheran Triffitt of Brighton 7:04pm August 22, 2008
“Our hearts are breaking with what’s happening with baby Colin,” (NSW Premier) Mr Iemma said.