In the Mudumalai sanctuary near Chennai, during the monsoon and the winter months, there used to land hordes and hordes of Siberian cranes and other birds and occupy the branches of the trees, particularly for nesting and nestling!
Upon reaching Mudumalai sanctuary, they set upon the task of finding suitable partners for themselves. Some of the migrant birds settle down with the local birds and talk about the other Siberian birds and how those Siberian birds ill-treated them while in Siberia. And also how the very same birds have changed their attitude in this sanctuary of plenty!
I even overheard a Siberian bird tell another Siberian bird how “Prosperity drives away pettiness.” The context in which the line was uttered was that, in Siberia to get a fresh fish during the winter months was nigh impossible and they had to scavenge on the left-overs of the Polar bears which used to hunt salmons and in their clumsy eating they would spill the entrails of the fish and that used to be the delicacy for those Siberian birds then, but now with the monsoons in high pitch and the nearby lakes and ponds in a swell, fish was there for their taking!
Their stomachs were full and naturally in such surroundings the birds were in progeny-mode: making young ones and showing great responsibility as nest-holders! But the problem with all this was that, the Siberian birds were fighting for prime branches and trunks for building their nests. This led to a a big commotion in the whole area and instead of making babies, hunting for fish and living well, the Siberian birds, herons and pelicans started pecking each other and the whole sanctuary turned itself into a lake of blood spattered forest.
Since the Siberian cranes, herons and pelicans had a great hierarchy, in true democratic style decided to settle the issue through negotiations and hierachification. The bell-weather heron convened a meeting of all the Siberian birds and first gave them a pep talk and told them:
First of all my dear Siberian birds, you should know that our stay is not permanent and each one of you should take it as a sojourn.
Secondly, if we fight among ourselves, we stop enjoying the good life which is available here and we would consider ourselves foolish in future , when we are back in Siberia.
Thirdly, I the Super Heron propose that the SENIORITY which existed in Siberia shall be the norm here too, unless the Siberian birds apply to me directly and I pass you for better privileges than your bosses in SIberia! If I pass you for a better position, then you may have the best tree tops, best trunks and branches for building your nests.
The meeting ended in great camaraderie, but some of the clever herons, pelicans and cranes said but the local birds have already built their nests in most of the choice places, but we are more in number than those local birds, so why not devise ways of dislodging them and taking over those prime spots?
A Siberian stork which heard this said, Boss, WHY NOT HAVE A REVIEW OF ALL THE SLOTS INSTEAD OF ONLY THE SIBERIAN BIRDS AS PROPOSED EARLIER IN THE MEETING? THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO DISLODGE THE LOCAL BIRDS FROM THOSE PRIME SPOTS. THEREAFTER, WE WILL MAKE A RULE SAYING THAT SO FAR AS THE LOCAL BIRDS ARE CONCERNED THE SENIORITY SHALL BE ACCORDING TO THE AGE- WHICH MEANS THE YOUNGER BIRDS CAN NEVER GET GOOD SPOTS FOR NESTING OR NESTLING. WHEREAS, WE CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT RULE FOR US A ND SAY THAT WE ARE THE BIRDS OF MERIT AND MAKE A LIST BASED ON OUR CAPACITY TO DIVE AND FISH OUT THE BIGGEST FISH, FLY LONG HOURS WITHOUT REST ETC. AND MAKE THAT THE REASON FOR MAKING THE SIBERIAN BIRDS MERITORIOUS BIRDS AND THE LOCAL BIRDS THE OLD BIRDS!
This the Siberian birds agreed UNANIMOUSLY! After all they would have better spots to nest and nestle, even though they are ONLY seasonal birds.
The Local birds which were friendly with some of the Siberian birds, were made aware of the plans of the Siberian birds. The local birds were not only helpless, but were busy performing the tasks which have to be carried out in their own HOMES, whereas for the Siberian birds this was more a RESORT than a home. The local birds used to say, “THESE SIBERIAN BIRDS COME AROUND THIS TIME EVERY YEAR AND FISH FROM THESE PONDS AND SHIT AROUND AND MAKE THE WHOLE PLACE DIRTY, WHEREAS WE TAKE CARE NOT TO SHIT IN AND AROUND OUR TREES!”
So this type of resentment was expressed and the Siberian birds had become more and more aggressive and were pushing the local birds from staying in those tree tops and premium spots and went on to occupy those spots by the sheer strength of their numbers and the SEASONAL MIGHT!
One day a native bird heard a old junior Siberian bird addressing a younger senior bird as “Sirrah”– in Shakespearean English that would be a serious affront to the seniority. So the native bird asked the old but junior Siberian bird how he dared call him his senior as “SIRRAH”, he said, Boss: THE SENIORITY AND JUNIORITY IN MUDUMALAI DOESN’T COUNT FOR US, AS WE, THE SIBERIAN BIRDS, GO BY OUR INTER-SE SENIORITY IN SIBERIA, AS THIS PLACE IS NOTHING BUT OUR RESORT AND SIBERIA IS OUR HOME. And back home he is senior to me! The native bird thought to himself, “THESE SIBERIAN BIRDS COME HERE TO COPULATE, DEFECATE AND PARTURATE!”
One day, there spread a pestilence in the nearby villages and the mortality reached such heights that the villagers started looking for reasons. Not only that the pestilence broke out, it broke out within a week of the Siberian birds’ MIGRATION. The VILLAGERS discovered that the local birds were CLEAN and kept the surroundings TIDY whereas, the SIBERIAN IMMIGRANTS were merely lavishing themselves with the good life and shitting and breeding and doing nothing besides.
The villagers identified all the nests of the Siberian bird and got them removed. The next day, the migrant birds, left Mudumalai sanctuary and migrated en masse to another sanctuary a few hundred kilometers away FOR SEEKING ANOTHER RESORT TO BEAT THE HARSH SIBERIAN WINTER!
The lesson those birds learnt was NEVER EVER SPEND ALL YOUR TIME FISHING AND SHITTING– DO SOME CLEANING ALSO. MERELY BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A RESORT, IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES. FURTHER, DON’T GRAB WHAT IS NOT YOURS IN THE FIRST PLACE AND FINALLY, DON’T MAKE RULES IN YOUR OWN FAVOUR ALWAYS, AS GOD HAS HIS OWN WAYS OF DEALING WITH SUCH PERVERSIONS!