Call me Koryos. I study biology and psychology and I write novels. Right now my goals are to a) go to grad school and b) get published.
My blog is like 85% animal science and 15% video games with a smattering of kvetchy text posts so I hope you're ok with that. And I also like... write fiction... occasionally.
I KNOW I WROTE THAT CAT POST BUT I CAN'T DIAGNOSE YOUR CAT'S BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS PLEASE TALK TO A VET I AM NOT A VET
MOONY IS AN AXOLOTL AND IT ALSO SAYS WHAT HE IS AT THE TOP OF THAT POST QUIT ASKIN ME WHAT HE IS
I'm writing a web novel called Darkeye! Scroll down to the bottom of the sidebar for the link!
Unless something goes dramatically awry, Darkeye chapter 65 should be up at it’s normal time (10 AM) tomorrow morning. Thanks everyone for your patience (and kind words).
If you’re curious about my current situation and why the delay happened, you can read below the cut.
That’s it. The worst news imaginable.
A new study published in PLoS One last week has found chytrid - a fungal disease considered to be responsible for the extinction and decline of hundreds upon hundreds of frog species across the world - in frogs exported from Madagascar. Until now, Madagascar has been the last remaining hotspot of amphibian diversity to lack the disease. Mass declines and extinctions have not yet happened, but are expected. Urgent action will be required now to prevent the disappearance of Madagascar’s frogs.
This is a truncated abstract of the paper:
The emerging infectious disease chytridiomycosis is driven by the spread of amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Bd), a highly virulent pathogen threatening global amphibian biodiversity. Although pandemic in distribution, previous intensive field surveys have failed to detect Bd in Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot home to hundreds of endemic amphibian species…Bd was detected in three animals via quantitative PCR: a single Heterixalus alboguttatus, Heterixalus betsileo, and Scaphiophryne spinosa. This is the first time Bd has been confirmed in amphibians from Madagascar and presents an urgent call to action. Our early identification of pathogen presence prior to widespread infection provides the necessary tools and encouragement to catalyze a swift, targeted response to isolate and eradicate Bd from Madagascar. If implemented before establishment occurs, an otherwise likely catastrophic decline in amphibian biodiversity may be prevented.
This is not in fact the first record of Bd in Madagascar, though it is the first published record of it. In fact, we have known for some time now that chytrid is present on the island, almost certainly introduced by tourists. It has thus far been confirmed from four localities according to Dr. Franco Andreone, one of the leading frog specialists working in Madagascar. We are still awaiting more data, and are nervously watching for the first sign of declines.
Please help. I don’t know what you can do. But at the very least, you can donate to the Amphibian Specialist Group, Save The Frogs, or AmphibianArk. We need to stop this disease before it gets out of hand. Because if we don’t, we will lose everything.
For all my followers who are reading Darkeye- I’m sorry to say that the chapter probably won’t be up tonight or even tomorrow. There are… things… happening right now that make it very difficult for me to write. So again thanks for being patient and I’ll try to update everyone on the situation as soon as I figure out where the heck I am.
I heard of a couple!
There are a lot of monkey lore across the world. I think one of the most well known ones is of the Hindu god Hanuman the Monkey. There’s also plenty monkey lore in China and Japan, and even the Mayas had their howler monkey god. The ones I know of personally are old Lao stories.
First I should preface by stating that time and age works differently for monkeys and apes than humans. They are nearly gods and essentially spirits that sometimes takes physical form. They are almost always mischievous, but also extremely intelligent. They are generally seen either as monk-like sages, or mischievous beings who will help you by making you frustrated. Another great thing about apes and monkeys are, accordingly to lore, they guard the gold and riches. They guard temples hidden in mountains and woods. People are free to leave silver and gold at the temple for the gods and the apes and monkeys would watch over it.
There was once a poor, lonely old man. His hut was barely even modest, his bones too tired to travel far, and all he had left were a few seeds. He planted those seeds and took great care of it, tending to it regularly, protecting it from the monsoons, and watching to make sure no wild animals would come by and steal them. Due to his care, the seeds grew into large, delicious melons. Nearby monkeys and apes would sneak in and steal some, but the old man, with his weak and frail bones, were unable to fend them off. The band of young monkeys and apes laughed at their earnings and wondering why the old man would always just allow them to take his melons. They didn’t realize that he was such an old man. They didn’t realize that by stealing his food, the old man wasn’t eating. Just as the monkeys and apes came by again and stole the last of his melons, the old man fell in the garden. The monkeys and apes cautiously walked up to the old man. They tenderly poked him and one of the younger monkeys cried “He’s already dead!” An older gibbon shed tears, singing between tears, “We killed him! He gave us all of his food and we selfishly ate all of them without thinking to leave any for him!” The head monkey of the group looked at the old man and turned to his friends, stating “An honorable and selfless man like him deserves an honorable burial.” After arguing over whether to bury him in their silver cave, they decided he deserved to be buried in a better location. They lifted the old man and carried him to the cave of gold where they laid him to rest surrounded by freshly picked flowers and golden buddha statues.
After the apes and monkeys all said their thanks and prayers, they left the old man so his soul would transcend. As soon as the apes and monkeys disappeared, the old man woke up from pretending to be dead. He gathered as much of the gold he could carry and left the cave where since then, he lived in luxury.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT GOLDEN MOLES
IT’S A DESERT SAND PANCAKE
THEY SQUIGGLE THROUGH SAND TO GET AROUND