A storm spitting 150-kmph winds ripped through Alice Springs on 22 September 2008, felling many trees. This apere, river red gum near the Todd River, a caterpillar-man transformed, a registered sacred tree hundreds of years old, was one of the fallen. Traditional owner Doris Stuart Kngwarraye, apmereke-artweye for Mbantua, felt ripples in the Altyerre, the Dreaming, and knew that something was not right. She arrived, screaming, to find council workers contentedly chainsawing the green limbs into firewood.
The remains of the tree are now fenced off without a sign explaining why, and new shoots have grown from the amputated trunk base.