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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Hugag, also known as Rythmopes inarticulatus.

Range: Sightings have been primarily in Minnesota, around the Great Lakes, and ranging into Canada.

Physical Description: In shape and appearance it is somewhat like a moose without antlers, but twice the size. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of a hugag is its legs, which have no joints – no knees or ankles, no elbows or wrists. It also has a long upper lip, which dangles almost to the ground somewhat like an elephant’s trunk.

Characteristics: The hugag eats twigs, leaves and bark, which it strips from trees with its long upper lip. Highly migratory, it can cover up to one hundred miles in a single day. Because of its jointless legs, which prevent it from getting back up if it lays down, the hugag sleeps by leaning against a stout tree (see photo).

Co-endangered species: Moose (Alces alces)

Recent sightings: Because hugags are defenseless if they fall down, they were easy prey for nineteenth-century settlers looking for game, and were hunted almost to extinction. We have current evidence that at least several hugags have survived – including trees stripped of twigs and leaves where one fed, tree trunks with patches of bark rubbed bare where one stopped to rest, and scuffle marks around the bases of those trees – but a live hugag has not been sighted in over fifty years.

What to do: Hugags are enormous but gentle. If you see a hugag, keep out of its way, as once it gathers forward momentum, it has trouble stopping quickly.


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