I'll be willing to bet there are plenty of red faced city officials right now!
Luckily, the error was discovered before any damage was done to the future generation! Just imagine what could have happened. Pretty damned scary, if you ask me!
I have to admit there is a little humor here. Twisted, I know...but still funny!
UK Officials Apologize After Planting Lethal Flower Next To Children's Playground
Updated: Friday, 05 Aug 2011, 12:01 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 05 Aug 2011, 7:28 AM EDT
KENDAL, England - Officials in an English town were left red-faced Friday after it emerged one of the world's deadliest flowers -- used by Amazon hunters to make poison arrows -- was unwittingly planted in a public park where children play.
Staff from South Lakeland District Council mistakenly planted a number of poisonous purple-flowering monkshood flowers in a park in Kendal, northwestern England, just yards from a children's playground, local newspaper The Westmorland Gazette reported.
Local botanist Thomas Gudgeon, who first spotted the plant at Abbot Hall Park, said, "Natives of the Amazon jungle dip their arrows in the plant to kill monkeys in the trees. The monkey is dead before it hits the ground -- it's one of the world's deadliest plants."
The consequences can be fatal if the plant -- also known as wolfsbane -- is eaten and it can also cause heart complications, muscular weakness, nausea and vomiting.
The council apologized and said the flowers were planted "in error."
A spokesman said, "All the plants have been removed and disposed of in a safe manner. We would advise the public not to consume any type of natural flora as there are many different species that could be harmful to one's health if consumed."
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Glad to see that even the folks in charge can own up to such a mistake and apologize! Almost gives you faith in the PTB...almost!
What say we get some fresh coffee and sit outside? We can marvel at the very act of a big wig admitting to a mistake!