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For the past two weeks the scientific community was stirred by news that a biologist captured a male mustached kingfisher, took the first ever picture of a male from the species...... then killed the bird shortly after!
Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History, was out in the Solomon Islands with other researchers surveying bird species. Eventually, Filardy heard the unmistakable call of the kingfisher, a bird so rare it’s often called ‘the ghost’. Seeing how this was the first male kingfisher reported by a scientist, Filardy reasoned that it was acceptable to dissect the animal.
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: infolurker
There was litterally no reason to do this from a scientific stand point except to study stomach content's as a small blood and tissue sample for dna analysis would have sufficed, he could then have released this animal back into the wild and it would have been somewhat wiser to avoid idiot's like him in future.
I suspect most of his colleagues will be utterly appalled at this idiotic and unscientific behaviour not to mention that if the animal is endangered then the solomin islands government may have grounds to launch a prosecution, indeed if the animal fall's into the endangered species catagory then there are several international body's whom may very well likely do so as this was not a case of natural hunting but a supposedly educated man acting recklessly with deliberate abandon and cruel behaviour toward this species, for example we do not know it's mating habit or it's population base which is apparently very small, it may be like some avien species one that mates for life meaning that it's mate may well now remain chickless as a result.
Cruel, Idiotic and utterly unscientific.
What an utter disgrace to the scientific community and what a total and utter prat, the david cameron of science whom will probably claim he saved his profession next.
Yet the scientist, who has been on the look-out for the bird for more than 20 years, maintains that taking one individual from a population will have important future benefits. These include accurate recording of the bird's features and any human impact on the birds' survival.