Well, actually, not quite. It could happen, though.
Today's Hun carries a story about a group petitioning for the import of...... bumblebees!
Apparently, there is a school of thought that thinks that bumblebees would be good for pollinating crops, and therefore a Great Idea.
Okay, let's have a look at some of these other Great Ideas in Introducing New Species.
(note to lefties, this is not about European Man and his deleterious effect on the Indigenous Aboriginal)
Hmm. Off the top of my head, we have:
That's without thinking.
How about a littl bit of googling?
We can add deer, goats, feral bees, plague minnows, carp, water buffalo, black striped mussel, asian green mussel, northern pacific seastar, donkeys, starlings, rock doves (aka pigeons), rainbow trout, brown trout, crown of thorns starfish....
I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
For those not in Australia, generally, these introduced species range from bloody nuisance to outright menace on the desirable neighbour scale.
With the amount of money spent trying to control these vermin we could keep the hospitals in shape and still afford Chairman Bracks' advertising budget.
Perhaps the simpletons who came up with this bright idea of importing yet another foreign animal should stop smoking cane toads and start getting inventive about ways to increase pollination success. Blue banded bees, for example are native, and have also been shown to be of use in agriculture.
And they look good, too.