Saturday, August 16, 2014

No Stone Unturned

Hello friends and doggies! This is The Daily Bone and I’m your adept and proficient doggie reporter Chester L. W. Stephens.


Everybody knows what a great tracker I am! I’m always finding critters in our back yard. But when I started barking at a rock, my ghostwriter thought I was nuts. But then she turned over the rock and found—surprise!—a shrew under it! Of course the shrew took off running. I followed it, but lost it in the great cone flower jungle.


My skilled and experienced colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Stephens helped to track it too, but we concluded it had indeed escaped.


Now I know what you’re thinking: I’ve had plenty of chances to capture one of the many shrews I’ve found in the yard, but they always seem to escape. Instead of making excuses, I did some research. There’s a link to the site I found that has good basic shrew information.

http://www.esf.edu/aec/adks/mammals/shorttailed_shrew.htm

Once you have studied this guide to the North American Short-tailed Shrew, you’ll believe me when I say: shrews taste terrible! They also have a venomous bite. By the way, last year I did actually catch one and my ghostwriter trapped it in the compost bucket. Here’s a picture of it. (We later released it.) You can also read all about it on The Daily Bone dated September 29, 2013, entitled “Let’s Have a Crisis!”


Oh, and here's a great video about shrews. Make sure you watch it until the end because the shrews do something really funny!

                                       

That concludes our backyard science class for today. 

7 comments:

  1. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! That is just like when there was a MOUSE under the couch! The people did not believe me, but there it was! We are clearly superior to the people in many ways.

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    1. Yes, Ojo, the humans are practically retarded in the olfactory department!

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  2. Too bad yu lost yur shrew, gotta hunt em! Jus don't eat em.
    Hmm, they made a lil conga line o' shrews there. Or else, it makes a bunch o' shrews look much bigger, more like a furry, gray snake!

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    1. Here's another quick video. They do look like a big snake don't they? Don't worry I'm not going to stop tracking and finding them. I just won't eat them!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Txdtv3z9s

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  3. Crikey that was interesting! We don't have shrews here.. They look like mean blokes and those teeth look awful sharp.. I like the Conga line..

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  4. Drats it got away. Nevermind there is always tomorrow. Have a serene easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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