Death in the early morning

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 August, 2011, 12:00am


There is a killer (or killers) on the loose and, although it is likely there exists incriminating evidence, little effort will be put into apprehending them. If past practice is any guide, there will not be much of an attempt made at preventing them killing again, either.

The scene that unfolded before the three passers-by who bothered to stop at 1am on Monday night was sickening. Three adult/adolescent cattle lay across Sai Kung's Tai Mong Tsai Road; one was dead, one was breathing its last and the third was snorting and banging its head on the tarmac as it writhed in agony. Beside them was a calf that was unable to put any weight on one hind leg and was trying to hobble away from what could have been its dead or dying mother.

Cattle are common along the road - and so are boy racers. It may have been a truck that ploughed into the harmless herd - the culprit (or culprits) didn't hang around - but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a customised car or two that needed the attentions of a panel beater come Tuesday morning. Even as the concerned few put in calls to the police, to alert them to the carnage, a white saloon came hurtling around the corner, screeching to a halt in a cloud of burned rubber inches from the lame calf.

Next came an empty taxi. After having muttered discourteously about another's mother, the driver chuckled to himself as he eased his vehicle onto the pavement, to bypass the impressive roadkill.

Police roadblocks are common in this neck of the woods, but they are always in the same places and highly visible. Many Tai Mong Tsai Road residents could tell officers where and when the gunning of engines is most common.

To assume we'll see an end to bovine death on Tai Mong Tsai Road, though, is to assume the majority see such a toll as a tragedy.

And that is not certain.