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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Update On Released Dragon

He’s Safe Now: We reported in an earlier post that recently, a number of Imaginaries were released into the wild by an unscrupulous collector of exotic and endangered animals just prior to his arrest. We recovered most of the Imaginaries within a month of their release, but one continued to elude us until very recently. That one, an impressively large and very destructive male juvenile dragon made his way swiftly northward ahead of our agents, leaving a multitude of broken trees in his wake (see photo).

In containment, this dragon was most likely maintained at a size of three feet or less. However, the night of his release, this young dragon raided a small candy shop on the outskirts of a remote mountain village and ate the entire inventory.

As we know, sugar causes a dragon to increase rapidly in size. Two nights after the candy incident, police in another small town fifty miles away received reports that a truck-sized animal had crashed through the front windows of a convenience store, after which it broke open a soda-fountain machine, drank all the sugary syrup therein, and consumed the entire candy aisle, including the shelves.

The dragon, now about the size of a caboose and moving as swiftly as a train, proved hard to catch up with, but easy to track. He frequently attempted to roost in trees that could not bear his weight, and left scorch marks wherever he landed. He was also a very clumsy flier. As he continued to move through the countryside one step ahead of Iranigami, a cluster of UFO sightings were reported in the wake of the dragon’s flight path, all of which described a large wobbling object crashing through the treetops.

After traveling many hundreds of miles, the dragon finally settled into a cave in an isolated area in the Northern Territory of Canada. This allowed our dragon handlers to implement a regular program of laying out cheese for the dragon’s consumption. At first he did not take the cheese, but when the handlers switched from provolone to cheddar, he began to feed willingly, and the handlers were able to bring him down to a size of a small horse for recapture.

Since then, the dragon was successfully transferred to a secret location on one of our dragon preserves, where he has settled into his winter torpor and is doing well.

Thanks to all of you who reported back to us with evidence of the dragon’s progress through your part of the country. We could not have tracked, captured, and relocated him to his current location without your help. - PEREGRINE CXXVII, Senior Dragon Handler, Iranigami


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