A new study found that our friendly cats at home, and their species in the wild, slaughter millions of birds in Australia annually. The mass killing is the culprit behind the decline in the population of birds across the continent.
The group of researchers from Charles Darwin University who led the study noted that felines kill a million of birds a day. It was estimated that wild cats cause the death of 316 million avians every year. Domestic kitties, on the other hand, kill about 61 million.
In Australia, it is quite common for cats to kill birds. But what’s alarming is the continuous rise of the number of aves slaughtered everyday because of them.
If the current state of predation carries on, the population of bird species will continue to shrink. Are we even ready to see no more birds flying in the wildlife? No. That’s why the study mentioned above is of great concern and should be taken seriously.
Plants, animals, and us, humans, are interconnected links in our ecosystem. We all depend on each other. In addition, even the tiniest organisms on the planet play an important role to keep the entire system going.
Having explained that, taking a single species out of our ecosystem may result in a great risk to the balance of nature. Birds, for one, serve as food to larger animals in the wild such as foxes and snakes.
If all birds are gone, the wild animals might need to find other creatures to feed on, which may start a disruption in the natural flow of the ecosystem. The effects of this scenario is far-reaching and something we might not be able to fix.
Furthermore, many animals in the wild also rely on bird eggs for food. If the population of birds continue to diminish and their eggs end up in the stomach of predators, it will be no surprise if one day, we will no longer see them flying in the skies.
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