Hikers “saving” baby owls from naturally predated by a snake was publicly praised by pet welfare groups and “animal lovers” because the baby owl looks innocent and the snake looks evil?
I believe most hikers have a good heart. Many are good pet owners. But they may want to learn a bit more about how wildlife works. Here’s my 2¢.
COVID-19 has brought tons of city people to hiking trails all of a sudden. Good for them. But for the environment, the negative impact is escalating.
Hong Kong is small but surprisingly rich in biodiversity. This small concrete jungle has the world’s largest owl, the most trafficked mammal, the second-largest lizard, and all that.
Native species of Hong Kong I mentioned in this video:
Flatid planthopper, White moth bug, Lawana imitata
Giant golden orb-weaving spider, Nephila pilipes
Changeable Lizard, Calotes versicolor
Bamboo pit viper, White-lipped pit viper, Trimeresurus albolabris
Chinese three-striped box turtle, Golden coin turtle, Cuora trifasciata
Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas
Hong Kong Newt, Paramesotriton hongkongensis
Spotted narrow-mouthed frog, Kalophrynus pleurostigma
Red-billed blue magpie, Urocissa erythroryncha
Eurasian eagle-owl, Bubo bubo
Malayan porcupine, Hystrix brachyura
Chinese pangolin, Manis pentadactyla
Dusky frillgoby, Bathygobius fuscus
Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica
Hong Kong camellia, Camellia hongkongensis
Bauhinia x blakeana, Hong Kong orchid tree
Related: My encounters with Hong Kong Wildlife
See also: Aliens species in Hong Kong