Thursday, 9 December 2010

Ever heard of the Pot Plant Owl?

From Care2.

The Pot Plant Owl is just that, a wild Spotted Eagle Owl that nests in a potted plant on the balcony of a house in Johannesburg, South Africa. For the third year she is currently raising her chicks there.

Close by is a 30 hectare greenbelt with a protected wetland running through it where Pot Plant Owl and her mate hunt for food (such as insects, rodents and small birds). The wetland is also been home to an endangered species - the African Giant Bull Frog amongst other things.

In January this year, a developer brought began clearing the trees with a bulldozer and is now requesting permission to build houses on this protected wetland. In South Africa, developers have a habit of winning. 

According to South African law, wetlands are supposed to be protected, but the Goverment department in charge of enforcing this law appears to be in favour of the development.

If the development does go ahead, the wetland will be destroyed, along with all the inhabitants of the wetland which includes the family of owls who find their food in this area.

Please spare a moment to sign this petition voicing your support to save the wetland.
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