Wild Animals: Great Bustards
RH: This is the first time in my long life that I have thought about great bas, I mean bustards. They are not an American bird, which is not as bad as unAmerican. They are large and handsome, somewhat like an ostrich, white but with a brown top and a black underbody. They are the heaviest of the flying birds. They are native to southern Eurasia, Africa and Europe. Because they are hunted for food they are becoming extinct. Why were they reintroduced to Salisbury Plain? Part of the back to nature movement? As a tourist attraction? As for the fox, these hefty birds should have been able to biff it or just fly away. I suppose the fox was foxy and sneaked up from behind. Any animal which would be so unethical cannot protest against the behavior of hounds.
I asked why were great bustards reintroduced to Salisbury Plain? Part of the back to nature movement? As a tourist attraction? As for the fox, these hefty birds should have been able to biff it or just fly away. From the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, George Sassoon answers: I have no idea why they they were reintroduced - because they were here once and then driven to extinction, I suppose. They are the national bird of Wiltshire, our county, and were once served at feasts in Salisbury.The trouble is that they are hand-reared and too tame. Attempts are being made to train them to drive off foxes and other predators. RH: Has any WAISer eaten great bustard? There might be a good market for their food, just as their is in the US for buffalo meat.
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