Last night on the news I watched an amateur video clip of the branch of the wishing tree snapping off and hitting an old geezer on the head. No wonder that tree is dying. The branch that snapped off was so overloaded with oranges you can't even recognize it's a fucking tree no more. The botanist from Hong Kong University said the tree has only got 30% of its life left in it. In human terms that translates into either the ICU or the hospice. They showed footage of botanic looking people measuring the girth of the tree and taking samples of its bark. Then this guy said "... a balance must be struck between the preservation of the tree and the respect for traditional customs...." What. The traditional custom of killing trees by chucking oranges on them?