The cannibal and the snail

November 18, 2009

Once upon a time, a village of tree snails slimed their way around Tahiti.  Life was slippery, but satisfying.  

Introduce potential villain(s): 

A cluster of homo sapiens came up with a plan to get rid of the overpopulated, obnoxious giant African land snails in the Pacific Islands.  

Plan:

The smooth-moving rosy wolfsnail (my favorite mollusk) was dropped off in the Pacific Islands with the high hope of decreasing the massive amounts of giant African snails. As a cannibal, the rosy wolfsnail quickly got to work.  

But the silly homo sapiens did not inform the cannibalistic snails of the mission’s finer details.  

Ending:

Instead of eating the annoying African snails, the cannibals ate the smaller tree snails, Partula taeniata.  The Partula taeniata, that once florished in Tahiti, are now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Is there a lesson in this fairy tale?  Stay away from cannibals? 
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