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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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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Phoenix, also known as Feniex, Fenis, Fenix, Phenix. PLEASE NOTE: While this article appears under the heading “Have You Seen,” we urge you to refrain from attempting to seek out a phoenix, due to their extreme fragility as a species.

Range: Unknown. Various Bestiaries place the habitat of the phoenix variously in India, Arabia, or Egypt. While it is commonly believed that there is only one phoenix alive at any given time, there are several living in far-flung locations on the globe.

Physical Description: Similar in size and shape to an eagle, but with brightly-colored plumage and a long tail, each phoenix has its own unique coloration, the plumage appearing in various shades of red, golden, blue, purple, and rose according to the individual bird.

Characteristics: Although primarily sedentary and territorial, the phoenix typically undertakes several long journeys around the globe during its five-hundred year life span. When it is ready to die, it builds a nest out of tinder and spices, strikes its beak upon a stone to create a spark, and immolates itself in fire. It then rebirths from the ashes of its own funeral pyre. From the pile of ashes, a new phoenix emerges, bearing different coloration and plumage than the parent.

Co-endangered species: As its true range is undisclosed, the phoenix is perhaps best classified with such endangered species as the Bengal florican and Siberian crane.

Recent sightings: To our knowledge, the only ones who have seen a phoenix in many generations are the phoenix-keepers of Ex Cineribus Resurge.

What to do: If you see a phoenix, keep its location to yourself. If you see signs of a phoenix, such as a phoenix-feather, report it to Iranigami, and we will alert Ex Cineribus Resurge. Bogs and Murks are always on the lookout to kidnap a phoenix or steal some of its feathers. By maintaining the privacy of this creature, we help to preserve those few who share the planet with us today.


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