A day after the illegal spring hunting season opened in Malta, a hunter has already shot and killed a protected bird. Will the season be closed after the Prime Minister expressed a zero tolerance policy to illegalities?
Reports in local media have stated that a cuckoo was illegally shot in the Manikata area in Malta. The hunter attempted to conceal his trophy but onlookers guided police to the seize the contraband.
Fun Fact – the common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is a brood parasite. It lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, and once the chick hatches, it instinctively pushes the host’s chicks out of their nest. Kind of similar to how hunters pretend to be sustainable and law-abiding like the rest of the hobbyists and environmentalists.
If the hunting season is closed as the result of this shot Cuckoo, it will probably be the best example of poetic justice Malta has ever seen.