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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Unicorns On Preserves

Mirage: Mirage, our licorn here on the Iranigami preserve at the Double Helix Ranch, is growing older. This summer, I found the tip of her horn lying on the ground in an area where she likes to graze. As unicorns age, their horns grow more brittle, and it looked to me that the tip snapped off when she tangled it in a low-hanging branch, or perhaps bumped it against a rock on the ground. She would not have felt any pain from this, as the horns have no nerve endings. Nor will she be hampered in her ability to survive, as her life on the preserve is a tranquil one and I don’t expect that she will ever need to defend herself in battle again.

Still, it marks the passage of time for old Mirage. All things that live also die, and her time could be near.

Mirage has been with me since I was very young, and believe me, I’m quite the old lady now! She lives on a part of the preserve that lies on the opposite side of a canyon from my house. Even though I don’t see her that often, just knowing that she’s here makes me happy, and I will miss her when she goes.

Worldwide, other Iranigami preservationists serve as licorn-keepers. As recently as five hundred years ago, perhaps fifty bands of licorns still roamed in wild places around the world. Like the rhinoceros, most of these bands of licorns are now extinct, and the few isolated populations of licorns that still live free today in remote parts of the earth would total no more than perhaps 100 individuals.

Sometimes I feel that the work we do here at Iranigami is like holding back the ocean – try as we might to stand against the tide of “progress,” we’re just going to be washed away along with the sand. But the presence of Mirage on the Iranigami Preserve continues to give me hope. As long as there is still one unicorn somewhere, I’m not giving up. - NONNY, Keeper of the Preserve and Iranigami sympathizer


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