I think it’s safe to say we’ve seen the last of any warm weather for next few months. I find the thought that it will continue to get colder a bit depressing.
Also depressing was November 11th. The Japanese don’t have Remembrance Day (Japan, despite being officially allied to the U.K. in World War 1, did not actively take part) and instead have fully embraced commercialism by declaring the date “Pocky and Pretz Day“, for crying out loud.
My protest was to wear my poppy badge, but almost no-one asked about it, and I got to mention the day in only one class.
And on the depressing news front, we have more copycat attacks on animals. Unfortunately, most of these have not made the English language press.
The most notorious ones lately are ducks being attacked with blowguns.
Duck with dart shot through head rescued in Hyogo Pref.
ITAMI, Hyogo — A duck was found at Koyaike Park here with a metal dart through its head on Oct. 28, and captured for treatment by Itami municipal authorities the following day.
The about 10-centimeter dart was lodged in the duck’s skull from just in front of the left eye through to the right cheek. Now in the care of the city after a veterinarian removed the dart and treated the wound, the bird is reportedly active and eating normally. It will be returned to Koyaike Park in a few days.
According to the municipal government, a report came in at about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 that “there is a goose and a duck swimming here that have been shot with darts.” A city employee sent to the park spotted the duck with the dart through its head, but was unable to find the goose.
Efforts to catch the wounded bird began at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 29, and took about five hours. The duck is a 30-centimeter-long female northern pintail, which migrates annually from Siberia. The missing goose is likely to be a Brant goose, a nationally designated protected species usually measuring about 60 centimeters in length. The Hyogo Prefectural Police’s Itami Station has stated the dart was likely fired from a blowgun, and that it is investigating the incident as a violation of the Wildlife Protection and Proper Hunting Act.
and, closer to home:
Duck with arrow in its neck spotted at Saitama park
NOV. 03, 2015 – 06:01AM JST
A duck was found with an arrow in the neck at Sai no Mori Iruma Park in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, last week, park authorities and police said Monday.
Authorities said the bird, which has proved too elusive to capture, was spotted eating and flying in the park despite the injury, Sankei Shimbun reported. The arrow appears to have been fired from a crossbow, police said.
The injured duck was first seen on Oct 25, prompting park officials to report the case to prefectural and local police authorities.
Police are investigating the case as a violation of the Wildlife Protection Law.
Officials from the Saitama prefectural environment department, meanwhile, are making every effort to rescue the bird, but have not been successful so far.
A similar case was reported in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture also in late October, where a duck was found with an arrow stuck in its head at a local pond, authorities say.
According to Japanese news sources, a decapitated crow was also found in the Koyaike park. This follows on from random attacks on cats, pigeons and other animals this year.