“We reap just what we sow.” — Earthlings
Homo sapiens is now an extinct species. I, Raven, am simply the messenger to tell their story.
Humans, as the dominant species, complacently thought that something that had never happened before would never happen. That persistent but false assumption set the stage for the extinction of Homo sapiens. I know — they were as plentiful as the passenger pigeon and ruled the Earth for a time. However, this species rose and fell much faster than the dinosaurs. Amid their destruction, they were destroyed.
It was an ordinary day on Earth. In the United States, slaughterhouses were bleeding out 94,000 cattle, 2,100 calves, 300,000 pigs, 7,400 sheep and lambs, 720,000 turkeys and 25 million chickens. About 22 million pounds of sea creatures and 2 million pounds of crustaceans headed for market. Millions of “trash” by-take died in the oceans.
That day 275,000 wild creatures were legally hunted down amid trophy celebration, while 82,000 lab animals perished in their cages. About 100,000 furry creatures were electrocuted on fur farms or died slowly in steel jaw traps or snares.
Perhaps the world’s suffering had reached a boiling point. The long anticipated alien contact from one of the infinite number of galaxies occurred as a karmic invasion, worldwide. There must have been a billion powerful strange creatures descending. They became known as Namuhs. With climate change, there was just enough carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere to sustain their lives. It was obvious from what they did that they had been studying humans for some time. From Raven’s perspective, humans fell into their own mirror.
The Namuhs first obliterated human habitation and set up their own pods, forcing people out of cities and their natural habitat. They had technology that was far superior to human weaponry. They simply reconstituted themselves when bombed or attacked. Rapidly, human defenses were obliterated. Humans were herded into former factory farms, where alien forces created a stupefaction zone holding humans helpless. People still experienced fear, love, pain, and suffering just like the farm animals who had occupied this confinement before them. This must have been obvious to the Namuhs. They just did not care. Namuhs loved to eat human flesh. They adapted slaughterhouses to become human processing plants. They confined women as breeders and milkers, and children were taken from their mothers immediately to be raised for tender flesh and killed at 16 weeks. Namuhs’ religion ordained a diet only of human bodies, not other earthling flesh.
While cities were cleared, humans in small villages and rural areas were hunted and trapped. Namuhs had camouflage settings in their bodies and humans could not see them. Humans, surviving on what they could find to eat, never knew if what they found was bait to lure them to be killed, or if food was poisoned or safe. They were run down by Namuh transport, similarly camouflaged traveling so fast that human bodies were strewn along the highways. Their carcasses were left for scavengers (and Ravens). Namuh hunters established continuous hunting seasons. Obese humans were favored for their flesh, thin humans for their comical expressions as heads on walls. The Namuhs displayed taxidermy of humans in family settings or set them up in artistic scenes, canoeing or playing, and scored each other on the skill and creativity of the displays. Shooting ranges were set up and humans released for target practice. The weapons seared bodies and exploded, misting humans to spatters of blood.
Traps were set, snares laid with an odd assortment of devices that cleverly tore and held human flesh. Humans did not have the strength to free themselves. Millions died of exposure and their injuries. There was no medical attention. Many committed suicide.
The Namuhs had diseases never before experienced on Earth. So they captured humans of every age and race to isolate them in small cages. Researchers injected them with Namuh diseases. Since humans had no immunity to these alien diseases, they died horrible deaths documented by the Namuh scientists.
Eventually, the Namuhs faced a human extinction crisis but would not stop their killing. Humans were killed off. The Namuhs disappeared as quickly as they had come.
Human and Namuh disappearance from Earth began a biodiversity renaissance. And so Earth renewed and rebalanced herself.
Who were stewards of the Earth and who were the terrorists?
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Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. email@example.com