Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Black Dog Sighted?

Query: My parents took me to the humane society this morning to adopt a pet, and I saw a big black dog there that looked like the picture you posted at the website. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Could the dog I saw at the humane society be Black Dog?

Answer: First of all, let me thank you for your timely reporting. After being sighted in Cuervo, Dilia, Encino and Pastura this past month, Black Dog returned to the Preserve five days ago, in good health and good humor. So all is well with him.

Black Dogs, ce siths, and youdics – in fact, almost all Imaginary canines – are remarkably clever about avoiding the dog-catcher, so they are rarely incarcerated at their local pounds.

However, after receiving your report, we dispatched an Iranigami agent to the humane society in your town, just to be sure.

The dog you met is a regular dog, not an Imaginary. But he seems like a very nice dog, so if you want to adopt him, I’m sure he would appreciate having a good home.

Thank you for keeping your eyes out for Black Dog for us.


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