They kill their own parents, children and neighbours. Now life is even worse for the vicious alpine marmot
The climate crisis has intensified the rodents' bloodthirsty fighting. From a chalet high on the French-Italian border, scientists are documenting their battlesPhotographs by Gaspard DussertThe ecologist Christophe Bonenfant strides down the mountainside, a metal cage strapped to his back. Inside, a hessian bag twitches and squirms. His cargo is 4kg of befuddled alpine marmot, a mountain rodent admired by hikers, immortalised by Goethe and Beethoven, and the star of a beloved French ad for Milka chocolate.The creatures' cuddly reputation, however, belies a vicious reality. The life of an alpine marmot is a never-ending bloody battle for dominance. They are, Bonenfant's colleague Rébecca Garcia says, "mega-violent". And now the climate crisis is making their fight for survival in the Alps more deadly than ever. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/28/they-kill-their-own-parents-children-and-neighbours-now-life-is-even-worse-for-the-vicious-alpine-marmot-aoe
Zdroj: The Guardian