She looks harmless, doesn't she? Well, maybe a little wary. Alan Weisman would say we were wrong.
This excerpt is a good -- and relatively benign -- sample of Alan Weisman's extraordinary picture of how the world works, what the human species has done to very quickly change and unbalance it -- and what it would be like if we suddenly disappeared.
But of course we're not going to disappear. We're going to change the planet further while trying to deal with the processes we've set in motion.
And Weisman even offers a path that might enable our own predator species to live in some harmony with all the others. I'm not going to give it away: go read the book.
This is very much worth reading and pondering. Weisman contemplates human doom and life's relentless drive to spread itself in beautiful, understandable prose.
On this occasion, the object of her predation was a vase of tulips. But we still love her.