A brouhaha originated amidst the depths of a dense Mexican forest inside a cave; Batty shrieked in anger, deafening ears of Scooby-Dooby-Doo-where are you; Scooby-Doo: the dog, Dolly the sheep, SherKhan the tiger and several other mammals that had convened an ad hoc meeting to discuss about Lockdown X.0. that may impact their daily living. The meeting was to assess the global pandemic issue impacting some of their own communities and their lives.
Exasperated, Batty said “I am the Batman! Mind your language and allegations against me. I always have done my own thing, flying and glued to my caves; how can I be blamed for a pangolin gorging on my poop, later caught by humans, the homo-sapiens and landed up in Wuhan trade market for exotic animal food?! I never knew my poop can turn out to be so expensive slaying humans like a pack of cards! I minded biodiversity rules and the natural course of my habitat!”
The secret circle had pointed fingers at Batty to have continued to be the source of infection constant outbreaks since 2002 SARs, the 2005 MERs, the latest Nipah and now the Covid-19 pandemic! The globe was doomed as the earth had to soak in the burden of untimely deaths of humans, their mammalian comrades that included fraternity of Dolly â€“ the sheep, Scooby doo the dogs, Civets and SherKhan the tiger!
Scooby doo shook off the furor; “folks I carried the burden of sniffing all of you before you entered the cave to declare you Corona free, imagine smelling all your stinks! God save me! Incorrigible humans deployed my mates to sniff Covid-19 positives at international airports – Dubai, Finland and now Singapore. Imagine smelling hundreds of breaths of humans every 5 mins, its my nose not an expendable item! Just that I also continue to be loyal to my master humans, hence will try to save humanity!”
Sherkhan pounced in anger and retaliation, “no more humanity to be shown to these humans! I always was anti-Mowgli to join us in the jungle, as per pour jungle rules, a human cannot reside in a jungle! And these Chinese poached on my fellas, abused & used our bones and body parts in their Chinese medicines! No wonder we are at the brink of extinction, and now this?! What more is in store now?”, lamented Sherkhan! “Your ancestors too, Batty, were responsible for the blood guzzling ogre known as Dracula – don’t forget that!”
Batty by now, lost his patience and was flustered, “this is preposterous, I cannot be held responsible for pre-historic Draconian mis-deeds. Let’s focus on our current situation and tackle this issue at hand than fighting amidst ourselves. The demarcation between forest and animal habitat has catastrophically declined, how are we to live within the rules of our habitats? They encroached our houses not we, bear that in mind.”
“The Chinese experimented on my fellow mates in P45 lab Wuhan and had an artificially inseminated Covid-19 “ its not even natural! All looked bewildered at Batty, “uh, oh, ok, I got carried away, I meant ‘genetically modified’, no hanky-panky between me and the humans please! Batty continued, “At time, I have a notion, that these humans call themselves as super humans are worse than we the animals. At least, we are in touch with our nature, we are inter-linked, seek intelligentsia from our communication and safeguard ourselves while the humans have experimented, exploited and extolled so much from our nature, our home.
Dolly the sheep bleated, “My species was cloned. Now we too are at a risk to get infected, my folks are dying. The 1st clone even died within 6 six years where humans declared that she died due to lack of exposure to a normal life outside of the experimental lab. And now the Covid-19! We are herded and reared by the humans; how do we even shun them to protect ourselves now?!
Scooby Doo, “oh yes, I agree. But they rejected the idea of cloning the humans, a bad idea they said, but may clone my species as sniffers for their ulterior motives.”
Dolly continued, “their decisions keep changing every other minute, they think they are the best but check mate â€“ W.H.O. Â the global health directorate initially said masks are not required maintain 2-meter distance, later masks were mandated with hygiene and social distancing. By now as vaccine is in the making, they continue to debate whether vaccine is even needed? While W.H.O. again returned that merely vaccines and masks are not enough, social distancing and hygiene practices to continue!”
Sherkhan chuckling added, “And the humans, these idiots, they put the masks their necks, far-far away from their nose and mouth! We should ostracize them off this globe for sure!”
Scooby Doo concurred and whined, “the naked emperor has become a laughingstock and he cannot even accept his loss, this may wreck the havoc in the most powerful country, if not contained immediately’. Above all, China pushed the blame to Italy, then to Europe and now to India, as a hot hub and a source of Covid-19 outbreak!! Really?! Asian borders foreboding war-no-war for political advantages. Above all, And none are interested in combating the situation as one big team, each running a race against each other.”
Sherkhan sighed, “the debate is long. Humans are too powerful in their deeds and we hope they get some gumption to start saving the ecosystem. We can only wait for the move from the humans, switch our gears to adapt and adopt. Let us mind our own natural laws to live till we gain clarity. We cannot wear masks or maintain social distance amidst ourselves or humans, how helpless can we feel now!”
Scooby Doo with a low tone, “Shhhhh, I hear the humans approaching, shhhhh”
Dolly went closer to the cave walls like a savior with great godly powers “I am a descendant of Lord Jesus’s flock; I hear they’ve come after Sherkhan. And they are Chinese Sherkhan. Damn, I feel, we don’t need a lockdown, they do!”
Dolly the sheep, “Oh Lord, forgive them, they don’t know they are doing, united we stand to preserve.”
Batty in action, “don’t worry friends, I will get them, suck their blood, scare them off their wits” saying so, he took to flight and while doing so, he muttered, “divided they fall, and destroy the earth.”