Από συνέντευξη της Ελίζαμπεθ Κόλμπερτ για το βιβλίο της, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History:

You profile Kinohi, a Hawaiian crow in the San Diego zoo. Why him?
He’s one of about 100 of his kind left. Kinohi is being kept there so that his sperm can be collected by a very, very devoted specialist. She spends a lot of time stroking him and trying to get him to ejaculate.
Spending time with them showed me the amazing lengths people are willing to go through to preserve species. That’s the other side of the extinction story. With Kinohi, one felt the shadow of his impending death — he’s very old in bird years — and that of his species.
Extinction hangs over the whole enterprise. His tissue will be frozen when he dies, and they will take a cell line from him. And they will keep those cells alive. So there you have people being ingenious and devoted, and meanwhile all these things are going on that are having these tragic effects. His story brought together a lot of the strands of our relationships to other species. [Η συνέχεια της συνέντευξης εδώ]

Και εδώ μια ραδιοφωνική συνέντευξη της συγγραφέα για το βιβλίο.


[Το δράμα του Κινόχι μου θύμισε την ιστορία της Old Blue —μια ωραία καταγραφή της υπάρχει στο εξαιρετικό Birds & People του Μαρκ Κόκερ—, και τον αγώνα του Καρλ Τζόουνς να σώσει από την εξαφάνιση το κιρκινέζι του Μαυρίκιου —τον περιγράφει ωραία ο Ντέιβιντ Κουάμεν στο The Song of the Dodo, που μπορεί να διαβαστεί συμπληρωματικά με το The Sixth Extinction.]

The goshawk

After my father’s death a kind of psychological autopilot took over. You can’t tame grief, but you can tame a hawk. At the time I saw it as a way of escaping myself. I wanted to be like a goshawk. I didn’t test myself against the rugged exterior landscape. I brought the wild—in the form of the hawk—inside the home, and inside myself. That is where the battle raged. At heart it was a battle about who I was and what the world was for.


[πηγή της φωτογραφίας]

We carry the lives we ’ve imagined as we carry the lives we have, and sometimes a reckoning comes of all the lives we have lost.

Έλεν Μακντόναλντ, H is for Hawk