Gemma the cat – Agony Aunt 3

Gemma and Freddie – newspaper column extract Dear Gemma: My name is Elizabeth and I am a one-year old hamster from New Westminster. I want to escape.  Do you have any advice? Gemma says: Our gaolers are going on holiday from December 4th to December 20th inclusive. Perhaps you could stay with us? (We haven’tContinue reading “Gemma the cat – Agony Aunt 3”

Gemma the cat – Agony Aunt 2

Gemma and Freddie – newspaper column extract Dear Gemma: My name is Percy and I am a seven-year old dachshund from Burnaby. My owners are going on holiday to Mexico for one week and then moving house. Do you have any advice? Gemma says: Yes, Percy, I hope Mexi Cow is bigger than the cowsContinue reading “Gemma the cat – Agony Aunt 2”

The BackScratcher Penguin of Antarctica

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ======================= The BackScratcher Penguin has a very broad end to its beak. Like the Adelie penguin, the beak is almost completely covered with feathers, which allows heat to be conserved. The Backscratcher’sContinue reading “The BackScratcher Penguin of Antarctica”

The Clumsy Kangaroo of Daintree

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ================== In north Queensland, the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics includes Kuranda Rainforest and the Daintree – the oldest tropical rainforest on earth. Accessible from Cairns, Port Douglas, and Cape Tribulation, the DaintreeContinue reading “The Clumsy Kangaroo of Daintree”

The Spectacled Squid

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ================== The Spectacled Squid is rarely seen by human eyes as it normally spends most of its life at depths of at least 5,000 feet in the world’s major oceans. Occasionally, partsContinue reading “The Spectacled Squid”

The Poodle Shark

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ======================= The Poodle Shark is so called because of the round knobs of cartilage that were found at the top and bottom of its tail, on the top of its dorsal fin,Continue reading “The Poodle Shark”

The Australian Dosseroo

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ================== The Dosseroo was an Australian marsupial that became extinct in the 1970s after a series of bushfires in the Australian outback killed them all in one short week. The animals wereContinue reading “The Australian Dosseroo”

The Pendulum Snake of Chiang Rai

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ================== The Pendulum Snake or Liana Snake of Chiang Rai is an animal seen by millions of people each year, yet few of them know of its existence. The reason is notContinue reading “The Pendulum Snake of Chiang Rai”

The Archer Warbler of Trincomalee

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ================== A most remarkable bird lives in northern Sri Lanka. The Archer Warbler lives around Trincomalee where it is colloquially known as the spitting bird or insect shooting bird. The Archer WarblerContinue reading “The Archer Warbler of Trincomalee”

The Blue Bat of Bali

Excerpt from the book Animals Evolution Avoided. This book describes 40 animals that ought to exist but don’t, because I made them up. ================== The Wallace Line is a faunal boundary line drawn in 1859 by the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace that separates the ecozones of Asia and Wallacea, a transitional zone between AsiaContinue reading “The Blue Bat of Bali”