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Discussion in 'Your Front Porch' started by Maggie, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Nathan

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    The Bismarck masked flying fox (Pteropus capistratus). Males of this species can lactate - a very rare trait in mammals.

    Also rare is the fact that the Bismarck masked flying fox looks as though it consist of several different animal parts, stitched together in random fashion - 1/4 large rat, 1/4 small adorable dog, 1/4 aging bovine testicle, & 1/4 magic witch fingers.

    Slightly disturbing, yet somehow cute in an awkward kind of way.
     
  2. Marta

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    Half cute, half gross. Definitely an interesting creature Nathan.
     
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  3. Nathan

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    *nods & laughs… From a female/male Pteropus capistratus' point of view, he/she (I'm not sure if the bat photographed is male or female) may be the hottest woman/man hanging in the tree.

    Why he/she might well be the sexiest Bismarck masked flying fox in all of Papua New Guinea.
     
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  4. AnneT

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    Random interesting things from the knitting brigade this morning...

    A friend of a friend has a large floor loom she’s giving away. I’m thinking about accepting it, if I can declutter a space for it. Hmmm.

    She also told me about someone who would do pet therapy visits at nursing homes... with a HORSE!! And that someone who was dying in hospice arranged to have her 3 donkeys come to the hospice to say final goodbyes.
     
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  5. Marta

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    We have ‘chicken therapy’ in our school for SEN kids. I would not touch them (chickens obviously) ! The kids however love them!
     
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    If receiving pet therapy, whether it be therapy for a benign, malignant, terminal, or moderate illness or disability, which animal or animals would you preference?

    Are preferences possibly determined by the severity of the illness?

    *Notes: A loom, or floor loom is a device used to weave cloth & tapestry.
     
  7. Marta

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    I would go by personal preference. It would have to be a horse or a dog. Cats are adorable but they cannot be trusted. Never ever any feathery creatures though!:D
     
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    For me... cats, donkeys, chickens, sea turtles, and some well behaved dogs.
     
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  9. Nathan

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    *is laughing
     
  10. AnneT

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    And goats, for maybe an hour or less, before they eat everything in my garden including my clothes.

    Here in Calgary the City hires a herd of goats from Kimberly BC to weed some of the public grasslands. They eat thistles!! What kind of superhero animal can stick a thistle down his gullet?!
     
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    There's some small petting zoo or whatever near me in the hills. I was petting a baby goat and he started sucking on my finger. I was uneasy at first because I thought he was trying to bite me.* His tongue was super rough. It was so funny-weird. I called over to my gf at the time. "c'mere. stick your finger out." "NO WAY". "yes, just do it." He started sucking hers. We were cracking up. Goats are odd as hell.

    *I do not encourage putting hand or head in an animal's mouth. Don't be one of those idiots who ends up on the evening news. The ancients felt that goats were mixed up with Satan. We got lucky that day. We were young and reckless. Little Satan goat had mercy on us.
     
  12. AnneT

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    Haha! Little Satan Goat. My laugh for today. If I ever have a goat, that’s her name.

    Or next time my cat leaves his creative gory mouse guts on the front porch, that’ll be his new nickname. (Though he already has a great name: Vito Corleone. Named by my son, after “The Godfather”, my eldest son’s favourite movie.)
     
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    Oh that reminds me that it is almost time to celebrate the King Puck Festival Day in Kilorgin, Ireland... I think it is August 15, where according to tradition all the finest goats are brought to town and the best one is voted King for the day. So for all of you goat lovers. Thanks for bringing that to mind Pupper. :)
     
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    It is Killorglin, Ireland, sorry didn't pick that up on auto correct, which also keeps changing Pupper's name to Puppet. o_O
     
  15. AnneT

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    On other species...

    I was digging in my garden, wanting to divide some overgrown skinny irises with years of dead leaves at the base. I heard buzzing, but with my poor echolocation I didn’t know where it was coming from. After a few minutes a bumblebee flew around me, acting all aggressive but not actually landing or trying to sting me.

    I concentrated my good ear around the plants and realized an underground hive was buzzing under the irises!

    I’m impressed at the peacekeeping politeness of these bees! Like, they send out one messenger to say “excuse me but could you please not destroy our house? A million thanks and have a great day.”

    I mean, if they had been wasps, it would have meant war.

    www.honeybeesuite.com has some fascinating factoids about bumblebees.

    So, the mess of irises stays put.
     
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  16. Pupper

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    You're such a weirdo AnneT.
     
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  17. Nathan

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    Are you familiar with the tarantula hawk? If not, the tarantula hawk (spider wasp) preys on tarantulas.

    They, the tarantula hawks, paralyse the tarantula with their sting, subsequently dragging the tarantula into their brood nest as living food — a single egg is laid on the tarantula, hatching to a larva which eats the tarantula alive.

    A badass wasp, with one of the most painful stings among insecta.

    Watch an interaction between a tarantula hawk & a tarantula & you will likely experience empathy pains on behalf the tarantula: an odd sensation to experience granting the object of pain empathy.
     
  18. AnneT

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    Wow nature is crazy!!
     
  19. Nathan

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    Nature is blind, selecting that which survives & replicates.
     

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