The interesting book, “A Feather’s Tale: An African Feathers Fate” illustrates a feather’s journey when it becomes detached from its source, the Blue Crane—South Africa’s National bird. Eleven-year-old author, Ammaarah, uses her imagination to describe the feather’s journey through the African savannah.
In this story, one of South Africa’s youngest authors uses the feather to symbolize the commonality of all the elements of nature: existence. Does the feather’s yearning to give and receive joy reflect our own Soul’s desire? It is indeed true that we are only as strong as our desire to help and support others around us.
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Blue Cranes have declined in numbers due to habitat loss (urbanisation and human population growth), poisoning and power-line collisions. The population appears to be stable, but is still listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List.
They were widespread and common in the Free State during the 1970s and early 1980s, but have since decreased significantly in numbers in that province. Generally, numbers have decreased in the eastern parts of their distribution, but in the Western Cape population growth has taken place since the 1960s, mostly due to suitable habitat opening up in the form of cultivated pastures and croplands.