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Commentary

October 12, 2012

It takes all kinds

(Continued)

The Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver spider, so it seems, is on the endangered species list and hasn't been spotted for nearly three decades. That means proceeding with the project is out of the question. Those construction workers must be really happy that, despite the fact that they are now out of work, that particular species of spider, one of the "special kinds," will continue.

So the spiders are safe - except for the one that they dissected to make sure it was indeed a Braken Bat Cave Meshweaver spider. That's right, they found what they thought was a rare spider that they wanted to save, so they killed it and dissected it.

Biologists are a rare breed. In fact, I think there should be a biologist sanctuary where we study them, dissect them, and try to figure out why they do the things that they do. Like why is it so important to save a spider from extinction?

Sure, it's so sad that various species are becoming extinct, but frankly I'm just glad that these people were not around when the dinosaurs were alive because it would be a pain in the backside to have to dodge a pack of brontosauruses on the way to work. And really, who knows if these spiders might someday evolve into giant, man-eating freaks ala some John Carpenter horror film?

I'd rather not take any chances. Thus I will continue to kill every spider that crosses my path. I will not stop to interview the spider and see if he is on any kind of list. I will just beat him to a pulp per my natural instincts.

I'm just that kind.

- Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com. Contact her at btodd@tds.net.

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