There are bunch of storks that live in Portugal and Spain when it’s warm and then journey to Africa when it gets cold, as migratory birds do. Well, the birds used to migrate, until they realized how much easier it would be to just stay in Portugal and eat garbage from a landfill all year long. Seriously, that’s what they’re doing. Now, we could all be depressed about how global warming and massive consumption has changed the behaviors of these birds or we can choose to appreciate that these storks have learned about the gloriousness of french fries and chocolate cake. They threw caution to the wind and decided to just live their best lives—history and evolution be damned.
Some scientists are concerned that once these landfills get shut down, the birds will be confused and not know what to do. But I think they’ll be ok. People are constantly creating more garbage and they can always fly back down to Africa. They might even find a new landfill covered in half-eaten hamburger buns on the way. We can only hope.
May we all find our personal landfills and start living the lives we deserve.