Jambo! Mr. Nature here, on safari indoors. In your house, in fact.
The little devil in this video is a pseudoscorpion. The bad news is that you almost surely have quite a few of them inside your home. If you’ve never seen one, welcome to the club: they’re hard to see, and they don’t exactly advertise.
But there’s more good news than bad. Although these creatures are related to scorpions and spiders, they have absolutely no power to do you any harm. What’s more, they eat tiny bugs you most definitely do not want inside your home–mites, assorted larvae… and bedbugs! The world needs more of any animal that eats bedbugs.
So if you do happen to see a pseudoscorpion that has blundered into your sink or bathtub (they have little or no eyesight) and can’t get out again because it’s too slippery, don’t squash or flush the little guy–help him out of there and send him on his way. Because he’ll get rid of critters that carry diseases, damage your belongings, and bite the dickens out of you.
Anything thing God thought of when He was creating the universe, that we wouldn’t have.
Anyone who didn’t know better could be forgiven for freaking out at the sight of a 30-foot shark–especially if you’re in a kayak or a rowboat. But in fact, there’s nothing to fear.
Jambo, everybody, Mr. Nature here, with some more of God’s stuff. The basking shark is the world’s second-largest fish, right behind the much rarer whale shark. Not long ago there was a major basking shark fishery, but that had to be reined in when the sharks started getting scarce.
These enormous sharks eat plankton and tiny crustaceans, not people. Sometimes a dead basking shark will wash up on the beach, and because of the unusual way in which their boneless carcasses decay, they wind up being taken for mysterious sea monsters.
I’m Mr. Nature, I know about basking sharks; but in all honesty, if I were out there in my rowboat and one of these babies came along, I think I’d probably freak out, too.
Don’t misunderstand me: I’m not predicting that Hurricane Florence is going to just fizzle out. I have no idea what it’s going to do. But then I’m not a meteorologist, am I? It might be tremendously destructive. Or it might not.
My problem is, I don’t know how much of the hurricane news reporting to believe. And a big reason why I have that problem is news reporting like… this:
To hear the noozies tell it, Hurricane Patricia was going to tear Florida loose from North America and sink it in the mid-Atlantic. Next thing you know, they were downgrading it to plain old bad weather.
Highly sensationalized, highly politicized “news” is almost as useless as pure ignorance–and much harder to fix.
When was the last time you saw a snowscape–with giraffes?
Check out the photos in this article (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7229712/snow-south-africa-blizzards-desert-giraffes/). Giraffes, elephants, and sable antelopes, all plodding around in heavy snow–is that a weird visual experience, or what?
Good thing they’ve stopped calling it Global Warming and shifted over to Climate Change. ‘Cause this don’t look like warmin’! Is it too late to bring back the New Ice Age scare from the 1970s?
Snow is not unknown in South Africa, but this is ridiculous.
The science is settled, eh? Like, it must be the Warming that’s causing it to snow on the giraffes and elephants.
We’re waiting to hear the globalists blame the snow on Donald Trump.
This animal is so rare, neither Lintum Foresters nor Abnak hunters have as yet found a name for it. Jack and Ellayne, in Bell Mountain, saw one making off with half a knuckle-bear in its jaws.
The Andrewsarchus, shown here from Tim Haines’ Walking With Beasts, is known from just a single skull discovered in Mongolia by Roy Chapman Andrews’ Central Asiatic Expedition. From the neck down, everything else is pure conjecture. Not having read Bell Mountain, scientists still haven’t decided quite how to reconstruct this monster. If you ever get a chance to visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York, don’t miss the Andrewsarchus skull. It’s a yard long, and those massive teeth and muscle attachments look like they mean business.
Most of these are nicer than they look.
(Thanks to “Unknowable” for the news tip)
Professional trappers with dogs are trying–and failing, so far–to capture an allegedly six-foot-long water monitor lizard whose wanderings in the local neighborhood has Florida homeowners freaking out (http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/08/31/giant-lizard-in-florida-evades-capture-torments-family-its-terrifying-to-look-at.html).
One man reported the lizard scratching at his back door, trying to get into his house. He tried to lure the monitor into the garage; the lizard followed him for a ways, then turned and fled.
The worst thing I ever heard about water monitors is that they can be irascible when provoked–so don’t provoke one.
This animal has almost certainly been someone’s pet that got rejected and released when it got too big–a common fate of reptile pets. It’s acting like a pet that wants a home. It was selfish and cruel to release it into the wild. If you’re not going to keep your pet, don’t acquire it in the first place.
Most animals, monitor lizards included, respond to affection and care. This is not an animal you need to be afraid of. They say they’ll “euthanize” it if they catch it, so I’m hoping they don’t catch it. I’m hoping the critter can find another home. Water monitors live in Southeast Asia and don’t belong in Florida, on the loose in an unfamiliar environment. They’re big and scary-looking, but that’s in the eye of the beholder.
Incidents like this reflect very, very badly on people who opt for reptile pets.
If you thought only the Three Stooges made this mistake, you thought wrong.
You don’t need Mr. Nature to tell you that a skunk is not a cat and mustn’t be handled like a cat. But as you’ll see in this video, there’s always somebody who doesn’t know the difference. And he’s never the one who gets sprayed.
We have skunks in our neighborhood, but they’ll put up with a lot before they cut loose–as our neighbor’s otherwise good dog (old enough to know better!) found out recently.
This little character doesn’t get much ink nowadays, having been upstaged by his more spectacular contemporaries. But back when I was first getting hooked on prehistoric critters as a boy, “Seymouria” was in all the books.
Not everything that comes from Texas is big. Seymouria was only two feet long or so. Its fossils have also been found in Europe. The odd thing about Seymouria was that he seems to have been an amphibian that was able to prosper in a dry climate because some of his features were more like a reptile’s than an amphibian’s. No fossils of its young have been found. I discount reports that Seymouria tadpoles resembled beautiful women.
The Creator is very creative. Seymouria may not look like much, but it was really a very innovative design.
I wonder if it’ll turn up in Obann. It might make a nice pet for somebody.
P.S.–I couldn’t post this as a “Memory Lane” piece. Someone might think I’d seen a Seymouria.
I think God enjoyed creating seahorses.
Just watch. Let peace wash over you. There will still be seahorses when the Lord regenerates His creation; but there will be a lot of other things for which no place shall anymore be found.
And I don’t think we’ll miss those things.