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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Roperite, also known as Rhyncoropus flagelliformus.

Range: Originally from the Sierra Mountains of California, one or possibly two may be loose in Colorado or Wyoming at this time.

Physical Description: A swift, long-legged creature with tough leathery skin, the roperite has a long tail capped with a rattle at the end, and an even longer nose shaped like a lasso. Light-boned and wiry, it has flippers on its legs which allow it to half-soar when leaping at its prey.

Characteristics: Next to nothing is known of the life history of a roperite, including its range, life span, or breeding habits. Some believe it is reptilian and hatched from an egg, but others maintain that is it mammalian and born live. It can cover ground faster than a cheetah, its tail-rattles whirring while on the chase, and it feeds on small mammals, birds, and lizards, which it ropes with its nose.

Co-endangered species: Sierra Nevada red fox.

Recent sightings: Not sighted in its native habitat for over one hundred years and until recently believed to be extinct, a roperite, or possibly two, were in the possession of a wealthy collector of exotic, endangered, and imaginary animals in northern Colorado. Shortly before the collector was apprehended, he released all the animals of his collection into the wild in an attempt to avoid prosecution.

What to do: Roperites are not dangerous to humans, but they are incredibly fast. If you see a roperite, please alert Iranigami of the location, date and time of the sighting. We will send agents to the area in an attempt to recapture, rehabilitate, and release them back into their original habitat.


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