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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Cellphones and Imaginaries

Wapaloosies Are Smarter Than We Think: I have to disagree with Dr. Welby’s assessment of unicorns (see Annals). Mirage, the unicorn at the Double Helix Ranch, is quite intelligent and active, and has never shown even the slightest interest in my cell phone.

However, the wapaloosies are another matter (if you want to know more about these fascinating creatures, see previous articles in the Archives. About a month ago, my cell phone fell out of my pocket while I was in the wapaloosie enclosure one morning. It was evening by the time I noticed the phone’s absence and tracked it down.

I thought nothing of it until I got my phone bill. Apparently, seven calls had been made on my phone during the time it was in the wapaloosie enclosure. The curious thing was that all of the calls had been made to the same phone number, in Japan. Most of the calls were under a minute, but the last call was 23 minutes long.

This made me suspicious, so I turned the phone number over to our Iranigami agents in Japan. The phone number led them to a warehouse outside of Tokyo, which housed a number of caged lemurs, monkeys, parrots, and wapaloosies, all destined to be sold illegally on the Black Market to collectors of exotic and Imaginary animals.

Our Iranigami agents tipped off the authorities, who broke into the warehouse and caught the culprits in the act of bagging up animals for export. As a result, at least six Bogs and Murks (poachers and smugglers) have been arrested so far under The Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, with more arrests expected.

The lemurs, monkeys and parrots are currently in protective custody, pending return to their home countries. As for the Imaginaries, our agents managed to enter the warehouse moments before the authorities arrived, and all of the wapaloosies are now on their way home.

I am still shaking my head over the fact that our two wapaloosies were able to remember and call a single phone number repeatedly. They are clearly more intelligent that we knew.

But what I still can’t help but wonder is – who were the wapaloosies talking to during that 23-minute phone call? - NONNY, Keeper of the Preserve and Iranigami Sympathizer


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