Saturday, September 24, 2011
Murder at the Datai
Case: Murder of a Female Great Hornbill.
"Twenty years ago at the Datai Bay Resort. The staffs were sitting outside along the pavement waiting for their transport home. They heard the loud crack of the bullet which tore the sky and watched in horror as a female hornbill was shot and hurtled to the ground just a distance away from them. A motorcyclist sped past, stopping only to sweep up the hornbill and went on his way. And this. I promise you. From my heart I promise you, the male hornbill flew back to its position where it perched next to its mate just before it was shot, everyday for four months. Just calling, crying out for her. It was only after a year and 6 months on before it finally moved on and found itself another mate."
If Nature is nothing more than a mystery to you, meet Irshad Mobarak. His physique of an American footballer automatically commands your attention. His ebullience when speaking on the subject of nature, explaining the intricacies of the web of life in which we have a part in, enthralls his audience. He lives up to his namesake. Irshad. Meaning direction, guidance. He speaks the language of the jungle and translates it for anyone who stops long enough to listen.
We make a stop at the side of the road to take a closer look at the playful dusky langur monkeys and Irshad takes the opportunity to educate us on the medicinal properties of this nondescript invasive plant species that are frequently found at the side of expressways. Even ECP. Yes. East Coast Park Expressway back here in Singapore. Keep a look out for it in future.