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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An Imaginary Whale?

Query: I read something about a whale that can talk. Is this an Imaginary? And is it possible that I could really talk to an animal someday?

Answer: You might be referring to NOC, a beluga whale who lived at the National Marine Mammal Foundation from 1977 until 2007. NOC taught himself to make human-like noises that sounded like far-away people shouting to each other.

NOC was a beluga whale, not an Imaginary. Many animals can learn to imitate human sounds – parakeets, cockatoos, mynahs, parrots, lyre birds, dolphins, and even dogs and cats. Whether they do so because they’re bored, or because they want to reach out to us, we don’t know. But that doesn’t make them Imaginaries, just intelligent.

If you want to talk to animals, consider learning as much as you can about the species that interests you the most. Many animals communicate much more through body language and feeling than through words. Developing empathy for what is truly important to a species, and how they think, may open the doors of communication for you.


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