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January 25, 2006

Development Stopped For Fear of Destroying Habitat of Endangered... Fairies

The ones with the curly-toed shoes.

VILLAGERS who protested that a new housing estate would “harm the fairies” living in their midst have forced a property company to scrap its building plans and start again.

Marcus Salter, head of Genesis Properties, estimates that the small colony of fairies believed to live beneath a rock in St Fillans, Perthshire, has cost him £15,000. His first notice of the residential sensibilities of the netherworld came as his diggers moved on to a site on the outskirts of the village, which crowns the easterly shore of Loch Earn.

He said: “A neighbour came over shouting, ‘Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies’.” The rock protruded from the centre of a gently shelving field, edged by the steep slopes of Dundurn mountain, where in the sixth century the Celtic missionary St Fillan set up camp and attempted to convert the Picts from the pagan darkness of superstition.

“Then we got a series of phone calls, saying we were disturbing the fairies. I thought they were joking. It didn’t go down very well,” Mr Salter said.

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“There are a lot of superstitions going about up here and people do believe that things like standing stones and large rocks should never be moved,” she said.

Ever notice environmentalists only care about the "cute" species, like seals, dolphins, and fairies? No one ever says a word about the endangered neo-otyugh or the threatened habitat of the displacer beast.

Thanks to Ron.


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