I just noticed but what is the bunny thing you use to represent yourself?
((Just a Bun. It’s my sona I use most often instead of my actual trainer sona that I tend to use on this blog. IRL I’m super skiddish, nervous, and shy. So I was compared to a rabbit and I just embraced it :’3c Plus I mean, my nickname is Usa/Bun. Hope that answers your question dear 8D))
Maybe this isn't your area of expertise but the post about the deer with the stripped down bone legs reminded me of something: Last summer I saw a three-legged doe with her fawn and I was wondering if something like that is particularly rare and exceptional? I couldn't tell if her missing leg was from injury or congenital but she was still amazing
That is pretty neat that she was able to survive and take care of fawns! (a fawn? Usually they have two but one could have been hiding, or dead I suppose.) I think an injury is more likely. Deer are exceptionally resilient (sometimes. Sometimes they are fragile.) But I mean, I see so many (pictures of) deer and wild animals that have long-healed injuries, antlers growing through eyeballs, and arrows sticking out of them, that you’d think would doom them.
(x) Buck with a broken and poorly healed leg, he certainly couldn’t have walked on in.
(x) This is one of my favorites–the antler was growing deep into its brain and it survived.
And there’s this one I just posted where the deer had an entire broad head lodged in its brain. A portion of the adult wild animal bones I’ve seen have had one injury or another, from healed broken bones to lost teeth, bones with anomalies I couldn’t diagnose, testosterone disorders and unicorn-ism. Broken-and-healed baculi are not even that weird to me any more. I think a reason that we see a lot of this in deer is simply their numbers: people interact with deer a lot and hunt them too, then take pics of the anomalous things they find in their catch.
It’s been a while since I’ve talked to you, what with…well, being in the hospital and wrapped in a straight jacket. I’m glad I’m back on track, and what better season to that on than with Hearths Warming Eve. Sadly this year we have been busier than usual, so instead of getting a big bundle of reviews we will be doing just a couple of them.
I hope you’re all looking forward to them!
Thank you so much for being there, everypony. And now, if you excuse me, I have to go get my movies ready.
I gotta admit, I'm a little surprised no one (*cough* Laura *cough*) jumped on the fact that Percy and Tary spent a significant amount of time nerding out over what is, essentially, an 8 ft long phallic object.
tbh I think they were too busy bonding over their communal daddy issues to pay attention to that
Thoughts on cryptozoology? Is there any credibility in the field or is it all just a bunch of conspiracists?
Listen. Friend. Buddy.
I have a special place in my heart for thylacines cryptozoology. I used to be the biggest UNSOLVED MYSTERIES-type geek you can imagine. I think my parents were ready to chuck me into the Bermuda Triangle themselves by the time I was 10. Then, of course, I discovered paleontology, and learned that the weird-ass body plans of the Cambrian left every mystery with no scientific basis in the dust.
With that in mind, you can trust me when I say that yes, cryptozoologists are, generally, a bunch of walnuts. Look me in the eyes and tell me you could take this article seriously.
Fortunately, cryptozoology has already categorized their cryptids, and the list roughly follows the likelihood of them actually existing. The list goes from things very closely related to known animals all the way down to things that have no known basis, so that’s how I’m defining “plausibility”. Not to crush anyone’s dreams of glory and revolutionary discoveries, but if there were mothmen hiding in the woods, we’d have found mothstralopithecines in the fossil record.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG. For example, the first category of cryptid is “animals outside their known range”, such as the “big cats of Britain” - a totally plausible cryptid, since we know humans have been carting invasive species all over the planet since the dawn of colonization, losing their exotic pets, and just generally being terrible about maintaining local ecosystems. So, very likely. Why is this even a cryptid category? Who is responsible for this.
I won’t go through the whole list (I almost did. I wrote it all. It was ten paragraphs of cryptid / Dante’s Inferno crossover fanfiction. You got off easy), but just so you get an idea of the full spectrum, the last two categories are “animal-like paranormal/supernatural entities” and “known hoaxes”. Do I even need to elaborate on the plausibility of these? No. The last one shouldn’t even be a category. Throw those terrible taxidermies of a hare with antlers strapped to its head into the garbage already. Seriously.
TL;DR: DON’T WRITE OFF ALL OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY AS COMPLETE NONSENSE. BUT ALSO PLEASE WRITE OFF MOST OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY AS COMPLETE NONSENSE.