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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Wolf or Amarok?

Query: When I was in Alaska, I saw some black wolves one night through the window of our lodge. I wanted to go out and get a closer look, but the locals said they were a pack of ravenous amaroks, and I should stay inside. I believe they were regular old black wolves, and not Imaginaries. Who is right?

Answer: You are completely free to believe that the black wolves you saw were black wolves, and the locals are free to believe that what you saw was a pack of amaroks. One of the most wonderful things about being a human is that we have both the freedom and the capacity to change our beliefs throughout our lives, as we accumulate new experiences and new information to inform those beliefs.

Whether they were black wolves or amaroks, it is always wise to avoid direct confrontations with any group of wild, hungry meat-eaters, real or Imaginary. The locals did the right thing by advising you to stay inside and safe.


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