Goose bumps

Goose bumps
Goose bumps

The BBC often runs a helpline after airing disturbing programmes, but no such service was available following the first episode of ‘Life Story’.

I felt like I needed counselling after witnessing the extreme rite of passage of barnacle goslings as they plummeted over 120 metres down a cliff face in eastern Greenland!

Forced to nest way up on the cliff tops to avoid predators like Arctic foxes, the Barnacle geese don’t feed their young. The chicks can only survive by launching themselves off the cliff in a daredevil descent during which their survival is little more than a lottery. If they bounce on their fluffy bellies on the way down, they stand a chance of withstanding the ordeal; otherwise, they end up battered and broken amongst the rocks.

Even when they are reunited with their parents on the slope below the cliffs, they face the prospect of encountering a hungry fox.

About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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