Saturday December 27th 2014
New Zealand has no
native mammal. But I will take exception to the idea of
the New Zealand Amber Snail, a large carnivorous worm
hunting snail by the way, as playing the role of Wren.
First of all Wren's are birds, and there are, or at
least there were, plenty of native species of New
Zealand birds. Indeed birds ruled New Zealand until the
Second, I don't
think it useful to compare and contrast the roles of
species. The Moa, for example, was never a Giraffe. So
thinking of the Moa as New Zealand's Giraffe is kind of like
thinking a Strawberry Mivvi is, or was, the USA's Blue Bunny
Ice Cream on a Stick. Similar nutritional values, possibly.
But the Moa and the Giraffe are very different creatures.