OK, this has nothing to do with class, but it was too funny not to share.
Camera traps have become common, non-invasive ways to document the presence of animals in areas where humans cannot get to or where animals are very good at avoiding humans (or where we don’t have enough people to monitor animals regularly). Most are triggered by movement and snap a picture when they sense something going by. Many camera traps are capable of taking pictures at night.
And sometimes camera traps capture things we never expected to see…
As cameras, social media, and technology advance, more and more wildlife interactions are recorded and shared by documentary makers, photographers, and the nature-watching public around the world.
However, have you ever considered what percentage of nature’s secrets and untold stories we actually bear witness to? It is likely a fraction of a fraction of a percentile, too small for most of us to even comprehend.
The beauty of camera traps is that they can give us insight into a world we might not otherwise have knowledge of.
As a safari guide, I’ve seen some bewildering things. A lion taking food to an enemy pride. A leopard adopting another leopard’s cub. But when friend and director of Wildlife ACT Simon Morgan showed me the following photographs, I burst out laughing in disbelief.
In Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa, volunteers assisting Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife on a threatened and endangered species monitoring project noticed something strange when reviewing their camera trap photographs.
Their cameras had captured a Cape buffalo … with a large-spotted genet riding on its back.
As if that wasn’t enough, there were other images of the genet riding what seems to be a different buffalo.
Simon came to visit me the following day. “You’re not going to believe this,” he chuckles, “it gets even weirder!”
It seems the genet was not content with riding just buffalos and had now been caught hitchhiking a ride on the back of a white rhinoceros.
Large-spotted genets are small nocturnal omnivores related to civets. They are mostly tree-dwelling creatures and prey on insects, birds, frogs, and rodents, although there have been recordings of them killing baby antelopes, a seemingly impossible feat for a creature of their size.
What could be the reason for this association? Was the genet hunting insects or feeding on parasites off the backs of these large animals? Was it preying on things like grasshoppers and mice that had been disturbed by the movement of the buffalo and rhino through the grass, much as an egret or a drongo would?
"Hmm, I don’t know, I just don’t think the safety rating on the buffalo is enough… I’ve got a family now and safety really should be my main concern. Don’t you have something more… armored?"
"Ah, yes a rhino, perfect. Great crash test rating, solid chassis, heated leather seats… the engine doesn’t give the same acceleration I’m used to but I think that can be sacrificed for safety. Does it come in red?"
Don’t get attached to unpopular ships because you will run out of fic and die
This is true. I’ve died many times.
wow I am just so impressed at the levels of condescension and credulity contained in this one short message.
As though the medical profession is completely infallible. As though the medical profession has never erroneously classified something as a medical condition.
The vapors used to be a medical condition. Female hysteria used to be a medical condition.
I think you’re hopelessly naive and not using your critical thinking skills. Sweetie, I AM a professional. I work in public health. And doctors can seriously kiss my skinny ass when it comes to their bullshit about weight.
You have to realize that most studies demonstrating poor health outcomes related to obesity are using the BMI as a measure of obesity. You can use your good friend google to clue you in onto how deeply flawed the BMI is.
Not to mention that the only studies I’ve seen demonstrating the dangers of obesity are correlative.
I can’t take a study seriously if it’s using shitty arbitrary measures and relies on correlative data.
But to answer your question, no. I don’t think obesity is a bad thing. I think a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet are bad things.
But fat shamers and shitty scientists and a credulous public love to equate size and weight with poor health behaviors. People love to look at someone or weigh someone and assume what their health behaviors are.
This is just such shitty logic. Buddy, I am skinny skinny skinny and I RARELY exercise and I eat fried food and brie and bread like it’s going out of style. I have friends you might consider “obese” who are far healthier than me. My Dad is not obese by any stretch, and has pretty bad heart conditions.
WEIGHT IS NOT A PROXY FOR HEALTH
Do yourself a favor and read “The Obesity Myth” by Paul Campos. It’s eye-opening to say the least.
Also, honestly, just shut the fuck up about other people’s health and weight. It’s none of your fucking business, you don’t care about them, and you’re just a fucking concern troll.
Homosexuality used to be a medical condition. Please talk to me about the infallibility of the medical profession.
And shut the fuck up trying to equate to wealth to health and fitness. I’m 6’1 and 250 pounds. I can run a half marathon in 2 hours and 25 mins. Tell me again how fat people can’t be fit.
This is about poor nutrition, the economy and sedentary lifestyles. Pure and simple.
What this is really about:
How about concern trolls STOP pretending they care about the health of fat people? You find fat people aesthetically displeasing to look at and you’re trying to find an excuse to say so without looking like an asshole.
You do not care about fat peoples’ health.
You just want to shame them into losing weight.
Also, hey, novel idea? But someone’s “health” (by which we really mean their weight, but whether a heavier person “takes care of themselves” or not) is not correlated to their value as a human fucking being.
Look, I’m not celebrating her death or anything, but as long as I’ve been alive, the only Joan Rivers I’ve ever seen is a woman who cruelly mocks and judges women for failing to live up to the horrible standards they are put under while at the same time mocking them for engaging in a system that has real life consequences for refusing to play.
I would totally agree with you. For the longest time I have very, very much not liked her for the reasons you state above (more eloquently than I ever could). I really only knew her from her red carpet and talk show schtick and it never appealed to me.
However, with her passing I’ve seen a number of clips of her early stand-up bits on Johnny Carson and she was quite progressive for her time. Very anti-sexism when the women’s movement of the ’60s was just gaining steam.
It makes me wonder what changed. Going from comedy that was at least empowering for women and pushing for women to move away from the shitty system we’re subjected to… to the exact opposite.
There was a stand-up show of hers on some TV channel today that was filmed in 2012 and I tuned in just out of curiosity. Some of it was quite funny, definitely brash in style, but I can get on board with that… and then came the jokes tearing apart fat women and bitching about handicapped people and it just wasn’t funny anymore.
I wonder what happened to cause such a shift.