Trying to build a nest
Maybe you've seen some of those spectacular documentaries about the last unexplored places on the planet? Watched one myself the other day, about underground caves... quite awe inspiring what's underneath us. It showed one of those amazing underground caves in Borneo, where the caves are full of swiftlet (isn't that a lovely word?) nests.
I thought it was so amazing to hear that the nest are made entirely from the swiftlets saliva and that it takes this little bird about 30-35 hours to build it. And then what happens? It goes on to describe humans "harvesting" these nests, because apparently the swiftlets will just build a new each time one disappears. Apparently these nests are quite a delicacy in China and are used to make soup. Traditionally it is said that they have all kinds of (for the human) health benefits (even though recent studies show that actually they don't have any particular nutritious value). Therefore entire nest factories are build to make these tiny birds keep producing nests, yes, just for humans to harvest them.
It prompted the thought just how callous humans become in their hunt for profit.
What I see is a beautiful little creature of God, trying to live its life in peace and quiet, building a nest to try and have its version of a family life with off spring. Just try and think how much of its lifespan this little bird spends creating such a nest.
I don't know... sometimes I just become a little overwhelmed by humans sense of greed.
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