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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Axehandle hound, also known as Canis consumens.

Range: Originally believed to be found only in Minnesota and Wisconsin, substantial evidence exists that the range of the axehandle hound may extend from Maine to Oregon, and into northern Canada.

Physical Description: In the 19th century, axehandle hounds were described exclusively as a breed of long-bodied and short-legged canines similar to dachshunds, with axe-shaped heads. However, distinguishing characteristics of the axehandle hound have more recently been noticed in domesticated dogs – specifically, terriers, boxers, and newfoundlands – which may be the result of feral axehandle hounds interbreeding with domesticated pets.

Characteristics: A largely nocturnal creature, axehandle hounds feed almost exclusively on the handles of axes, or if axehandles are not available, upon the types of wood from which axehandles are made. This trait makes it an unpopular animal around logging operations and woodshops. Only when it is at risk of starving will an axehandle hound eat anything other than wood.

Co-endangered species: Canada lynx.

Recent sightings: The presence of feral axehandle hounds is most often deduced when axehandles go missing, but the hound itself is rarely seen in the wild. However, in recent years, an increasing number of axehandle-eating domesticated dogs have been reported.

What to do: Axehandle hounds are not known to be aggressive, but like any wild creature, they should never be threatened, or backed into a corner. If you see an axehandle hound in the wild, please let us know here at Iranigami where you saw it, and store your axes in a safe place.


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