Jürgen N

Jürgen N

Posted on 04/06/2011

Photo taken on April  1, 2011

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Herr Molch lugt aus dem Teich

Wow, that's one calm newt! We can hardly get the wild ones to stay still for three seconds straight to take a photo. And this one doesn't even look at all scared.

We didn't use to have Alpine newts in Finland, for obvious reasons, but two years back someone found a population from a forest pond in southern Finland. Some indifferent pet owner had apparently dumped his/her poor newts in the wilderness when he/she got tired of looking after them. But the newts were doing ok, breeding fast and everything, as winter is no stranger to Alpine newts. Sadly I think the story didn't have a happy ending for the poor newts. There wasn't a news story about how exactly it was to be done but in order to protect our native species from being overrun by new and possibly invasive species some environmental officials were sent in to first assess and then "deal" with the "problem." I wish I could believe they just caught them all and shipped them back to the continent or something such but probably the poor little newts paid the ultimate price for their previous owner's indifference. It's an unjust world.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.