Monday, January 12, 2009
The Porcupine Plague
(Above: The beast that ate Telluride.)
I've always believed that if you come across two stories about porcupines in one day, the universe is probably trying to tell you something. The question is . . . what?
The first story comes complete with an absolutely irresistible title: "Telluride Deals With Porcupine Plague." Apparently, the prickly creatures have invaded the ritzy Colorado ski resort. And this time, they mean business. They've been consuming tool handles, footwear, tires, and pretty much anything else with a salty taste. They've also upset residents by nibbling on decorative spruce trees and eating a front door or two. No one knows what's caused one of the world's largest rodents to embark on such a rampage. And we may never have the chance to find out now that Telluride residents are facing a new and terrifying threat: marmots. My prayers are with them.
The second story concerns the porcupines at New York's Bronx Zoo. From what I gathered from the video posted here, they're being laid off now that the zoo's budget has been cut. Very sad indeed. (But how cute is that rodent?)
If I come across a third porcupine story in the next few hours, I'll know something is definitely up!