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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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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Bogs and Murks

August 19, 2012: One of you wrote in and asked me about the bogs and murks that Gwyneach talks about in her current Annals.

This is difficult stuff to write about, because it’s hard to imagine that anybody would ever want to hurt an Imaginary, but it’s also the reality of what we deal with here at Iranigami.

Along with the environmental pressures caused by shrinking natural habitats, the horrible truth is that Imaginaries are also under serious threat from poachers and smugglers.

Since before the time that Iranigami began, Imaginaries have been slaughtered by poachers – bogs - for their body parts. Many of you already know about the plight of the African elephant, hundreds of which are senselessly destroyed every year for the ivory of their tusks. In the same way, unicorn horns, dragon’s teeth, and jackalope feet have always fetched fabulous prices on the Black Market, and many Imaginaries have met their end to feed this illicit trade.

In the last few decades, an even more devastating form of poaching – the smuggling of live animals - has surged to epidemic proportions. An elite and hidden class of collectors has begun to acquire illegally-acquired and often-endangered animals, such as tigers, langurs, or quetzals, for their private zoos. These animals are captured, drugged, maimed, smuggled illegally from country to country, and finally delivered into a pitiful and oppressive captivity no better than slavery, where they are often kept confined in small, inside spaces to avoid detection by law enforcement officials.

As international protection agencies try to crack down on the smuggling of endangered species, these elite collectors have now started to pay extravagant prices to poachers and smugglers – murks - to find Imaginaries that they can put into their private zoos. Since Imaginaries are not recognized by the scientific community, there are no laws that adequately cover these activities, so we can only expect the illegal trade in Imaginaries to increase. And most Imaginaries are unable to survive captivity for long, so their capture and incarceration often leads to their death.

Those who deal in the trade of Imaginaries for profit are dangerous and ruthless people – thieves, pirates, assassins, and crime lords, the known associates of gun-runners, drug smugglers, and traffickers in human slaves. These enemies of Iranigami will stop at nothing to achieve their purpose.

Iranigami has a specialized task force of highly-qualified agents working undercover, wholly committed to the task of rescuing Imaginaries from these bogs and murks. This work is dangerous and extremely difficult, but if the life of a single Imaginary can be saved, then our efforts are worth the risk. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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