Greenwich Wildlife (10)
Narrator: (production note – can we get Attenborough?)
…And then, just as our crew are about to pack up for the day, a group is spotted.
With their distinctive red plumage, that says ‘keep away’ to predators, a small herd of Olympus Equestrianus Officianalis appears in the middle of the Greenwich plains, perhaps to graze, perhaps to mate. Scientists know very little about the habits of what local tribes call ‘plotters’ but the results of intensive studies have begun to yield results in our understanding of their secretive way of life.
Gathering near the watering hole, where both males and females perform elegant ‘jumping’ rituals in season, they form into a circular, bonding pattern to prepare for their feats of skill.
In recent years this shy creature has been seen only rarely, though reports from native trackers suggest they are increasing in numbers, leading some to conclude that in perhaps as little as a year’s time their presence may become unsustainable to the delicate Greenwich ecology.
Then, just as our cameraman Stephen creeps a little closer, the scout of the group senses movement…
Within seconds alarm spreads and the group scatters. But they will be back.
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