Reindeer reign

Well, they do in Sweden, where the government announced plans to build renoducts – a play on the Swedish word for reindeer and viaduct – over the highways, like bridges, so reindeer searching for lichen, their favourite food, can cross busy highways in safety without the risk of death from fast vehicles and the holdups they cause when they cross roads in large herds. 

‘In Sweden, where the temperature is rising more than twice as fast as the global average, it’s getting harder for native reindeer to survive. One challenge is finding food in the winter: As warmer weather means that rain sometimes mixes with snow, the ground becomes icy, so the animals can no longer dig down through the powder to reach the lichens that they need to eat. Because they have to travel further in search of better pastures, they often have to cross busy roads – and that’s why the Swedish government is building a set of reindeer bridges to help them move safely.’ Fast Company.

The article goes onto to say that similar bridges are being used in other parts of the world, like in Los Angeles for mountain lions to cross a ten-lane highway and in The Netherlands for squirrels to cross a fast motorway. 

So, it seems man is beginning to take seriously the damage he has done to the habitat of many of the world’s species and act to rectify his selfish actions. Let the enlightenment continue – there’s much to be done.    


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Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit.

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