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The Plight of the ‘Stares’

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Barely has a Thursday passed without somebody somewhere writing a short story about the plight of the stares.

Well, in recent history, anyway.

The stares were a small breed of mammal (akin to the marmoset) and that ‘were’ earlier in this sentence means that they no longer ‘are’ ā€“ so, I am talking about a lost species from long ago.

They had huge eyes that would lock onto yours (if you were looking at them) and they would never blink or lose eye contact until you were forced to break that link and then they could carry on their foraging for the tiny leaves that were their staple diet. Obviously, their tendency to do the weird eye-contact thing led to them being called ‘Stares.’

The last Stares were seen in the late nineteenth century in their native South American habitat. But,, as is the case with mankind’s attempts to see how something works they take it apart and can’t always put it back together.

The Stares (or Oculi Maclamutus) were thought by the native South Americans (mainly in Peru and Chile) to be a sign of the evil eye and many Stares were short-lived and only those in families (called ‘Lukks’) in the deepest darkest forests were able to flourish (their eyesight was most useful in the darkness).

All the above is obviously false and just an exercise on writing something with a tinge of believability. So, my apologies if the plight of the Occuli Maclamutus was at all distressing to you ā€“ It is, sadly, the case that a lot of other species are going / have gone this way.

So, spare a thought for the little ones that dwell in the jungles and the forests of the world ā€“ something must be done or we shall lose them (the little ones, the forests, and the world!)

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