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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Billdad, also known as Saltipiscator falcorostratus.

Range: Once populous throughout the northeastern United States, the billdad was heavily hunted for its pelt and meat in the 19th century. Today, the only naturally-occurring colony of billdads is found in Franklin County, Maine. However, a single disabled billdad, no longer able to hunt for himself, was recovered many years ago from a pond in northwestern Maine. That billdad, now quite old, still lives at the Double Helix Preserve.

Physical Description: The billdad is about the size of a beaver, with a large, flat, beaver-like tail, strong kangaroo-like hind legs, short front legs, webbed feed, and a heavy, hawk-like bill.

Characteristics: The billdad hunts by crouching on a point overlooking a pond or lake. When a fish arises to the surface, the billdad uses his powerful hind legs to propel himself headfirst toward the water, slapping the head of the fish with his tail as he dives. The billdad then snatches up the stunned fish as he swims back to the surface. The billdad at the Double Helix has jumped as far as sixty yards in a single bound.

Co-endangered species: New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtle.

Recent sightings: The billdad is extremely shy and reclusive, and therefore rarely seen, although at least a few campers every year report hearing hear the distinctive slap of a billdad tail on water.

What to do: If you should see or hear a billdad, please report the incident to Iranigami, but do not attempt to approach or capture him, as the billdad is very shy.


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