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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Unicorn, also known by at least thirty other names worldwide.

Range: Originally found throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, a few unicorns may also be found in the Americas and in Australia. Most surviving populations today are small and highly endangered, or possibly extinct.

Physical Description: Although the term “unicorn” is most commonly used to describe the “licorn,” a horse with a horn growing from its forehead, it actually describes any one of a number of animal species with a single horn, called an “alicorn,” growing out of the forehead. Unicornism is seen in the scientifically-acknowledged rhinoceros and narwhal. It has also been seen in deer, buffalo, ox, leopard, lion, ass, winged horse, goat, hare, and dragon. Some descriptions of unicorns combine two or more of these animals, but no sighting of a hybrid unicorn has been confirmed. Unicornism is most likely a recessive genetic trait.

Characteristics: Generally, unicorns of all kinds seek to avoid human contact. Most unicorns are described as ferocious if cornered, choosing death to capture; while most are herbivorous, a few – the lions and leopards - are actively carnivorous and hunt meat. Unicorns have the reputation of being extremely sensitive, and appear remarkably perceptive to the difference between honest behavior and trickery.

Co-endangered species: Any one of a hundred different species globally that is threatened by shrinking natural habitats, by environmental pollution, and especially by poaching. The alicorn is erroneously believed by many people to have magical or healing powers, which puts all unicorns at even higher risk of being hunted and killed by Bogs (poachers) in search of a quick dollar.

Recent sightings: Although some species of unicorn have been hunted to extinction in many areas of the globe (see Xax’s Blog), other populations have been under the active protection of Iranigami for 1200 years. Small bands of unicorns continue to survive, both in the wild and at several Iranigami preserves in various parts of the world, and individual births catch the attention of the rest of the world (see Sightings). Iranigami has been particularly effective at locating and promoting co-endangered species protections in areas still inhabited by unicorns, so that the habitat functions as a natural preserve for the co-endangered species, without revealing the presence of the unicorns.

What to do: If you see a unicorn, do NOT approach it. Let us know where and when you sighted it. We will help you to establish a protected perimeter around its habitat area so that it can remain safe.


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