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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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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September 6, 2013: The rhinos of Mozambique are now extinct. They were hunted down by poachers, who sell the rhinoceros horns to vendors in China, where powdered rhino horn is supposed to be a cure-all for many different ailments. The powdered rhino horn is so prized, its worth is more than its weight in gold.

Rhino horns are actually made of much the same material as your own fingernails. Why couldn’t they just grind up fingernail clippings, then? But no, they had to kill all those rhinos, just for their horns.

This is a sad day not only for rhinos, but for those of us who dedicate our lives to the Imaginaries. The only difference between the rhino and the so-called “mythical” unicorn is that rhinos are recognized by the scientific community, whereas unicorns are not.

It illustrates for us how difficult our task as conservators of the Imaginaries really is. Although these rhinos had the support of the scientific community, and lived in a national park, with guards and park rangers to protect them, that was not enough to deter the poachers.

These poachers may have lived impoverished lives, and the temptation to make money for survival by killing these beautiful creatures might become overwhelming. People will do terrible things when they’re trying to get out from under the burden of poverty. What is more horrifying is that one of the park guards – someone who had a job and an income - was informing the poachers where they could find the rhinos in exchange for bribes. A guardian of the rhinos, turned traitor? I can think of no act more despicable.

The terrible loss of the rhinos of Mozambique only makes me want to redouble my efforts on behalf of the Imaginaries of the world. Now more than ever, they need our help. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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