November 20, 2008

Ack ack

Due to personal stuff going on in my life, the blog has fallen to the wayside. I'm not comfortable sharing the information on World Wide Web, but suffice it to say, it's very stressful - and it's due to a situation wholly out of my control.

I am slowly getting it reined in, and hopefully I'll be able to focus on fun stuff soon. Like writing here. And photographing. For the time being, much of my time is occupied by dealing with the drama, hanging out with Apollo and zoning out on zombiebox (aka TV).

At this very moment, the news is talking about cloning a woolly mammoth. And I'm sitting here wondering if that's smart. Michael Crichton explored this possibility in his Jurassic novels (rest in peace). For all we know, it's not biologically compatible with our environment now. There are new diseases, new flora and fauna. Of course, they'd keep it in a zoo in a controlled environment, but for how long?

PETA and other environmental and animal organizations would cry foul. Voters would cry foul after awhile (it'd be pricey pricey to maintain such environment). Would we euthanize it or set it loose? Without any of its natural enemies from ten thousand years ago (apparently when the last strain died out), how would it fare in our current world? Could it reproduce asexually as some critters can, ala the dinosaurs in Jurassic. There have been recent real-life examples of creatures not known to produce asexually that defied the odds and did (a shark).

Picture it...a herd of woolly mammoths, nearly twice as big as our elephants, roaming the Canadian or Siberian tundra, making short work of the local endangered polar bears and wolves.

Way I see it, if a species died out to nonmanmade causes...there's a reason and rhyme to the Mother Nature's design.

1 Comments (Click here to comment):

Julian November 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM  

Except that overhunting by humas has been attributed as a major factor in the eventual extinction of the Mammoth. I, for one, welcome our new Mammoth overlords, and hope to see them terrorizing our highways asap.

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