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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Why did the Rhino cross the road?

Magnet #295 - Rhino Crossing, South Africa

It's been quite a week for magnet giving. Yay! I've been saying from the beginning that by my count, joy magnetism would have enough magnets to maintain it for at least two years. But, I never thought my magnet collection would grow exponentially!

Yay for cool magnets! This one was from a friend who just got home from South Africa. Thanks so much! Can't figure if it's for real or not - the actual crossing of a street by rhinos. Hah.

Anyway, I'm thinking this sign is what my sister should have seen when she went on one of her jaunts around Nepal.

Ya'll ever wish you'd paid attention more in school? Cuz there are certain animals around the globe that confuse me on where their natural habitats are.

Like tigers in Asia. And Africa.

Or elephants in Asia. And Africa.

Or like like rhinos in Asia. And Africa.

Huh. I'm seeing a trend. And now, I must go consult a map.
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The Geek said...

A 7 year old asked me the other day where peacocks come from... I'd never thought about it, and had no answer for him. Where DO peacocks come from??

joy said...

See? Growing up, we had friends who lived in the next county that kept peacocks on their grounds. So I just accepted that peacocks can come from NC.

But, I don't think that's the correct answer.

joy said...

And because I can't not have that answered:

From some nature magazine in Denmark:
"The closest relative of the Peacock is the Green peafowl (Pavo muticus). Both species are very similar but the Green peafowl wears a more colourful plummage at its head. Its natural habitat is further in the east - in Burma, Thailand, Indochina, on the Malayan peninsula and on Java. Another Peacock relative, the Congo peacock (Afropavo congensis) inhabits the rainforests of the eastern and central Congo basin in Africa. Very special about the Congo peacock is the fact that it has been discovered not until 1936."

This makes me sad for the NC peacocks.

The Geek said...

Huh. India and Myanmar, apparently. I lived in New Mexico when I was 4 and peacocks lived wild in the hills around our house. For the longest time I thought they were from the American Southwest.

The funniest thing is that while I opened a tab to search for peacock origins, I also opened the link to your sister's rhino post in which she, also, asks where peacocks come from.

Apparently this is a confusing bird.

joy said...

Hahaha, awesome. Peacocks *are* confusing birds. I bet their family reunions are like when the towers of Babel fell and no one understood each other. Hahahah.

julie said...

it's a whole separate convo on peacocks. oddly enough, i saw a peacock in the wild in nepal as well. during my elephant ride where i also saw the rhinos. odd.