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Showing posts from February 26, 2008

Word of the Day

My ten year-old daughter Cora likes to make these wonderful little drawings for word-of-the-day challenges at and I'm so thrilled she's letting me post them!

(click on drawing to enlarge)

Oh, Gentle Eater of Ants

I have fallen in love with anteaters. Like sloths, they are mostly arboreal, and gentle in nature. My place of Employment is currently hosting a photography exhibition about rain forests, and there is a big photo of a Silky Anteater that instantly enamored me. I think I love all of the neo-tropical arboreal mammals. What is not to love? They have special super-powers like the ability to nab hundreds of ants from below the ground with their 60cm-long tongues covered in backward-facing hairs. They remember a complex map of ant-mounds, and keep track of when they were last visited. They have a low-metabolism that enables them to survive on a diet of tiny ants, they have incredibly strong perhensile tails, and there are special groves in their palms that allow them to hold onto very tiny vines.
They range in size from the tiny Silky Anteater at 200 grams to the Giant Anteater that weighs 30 kilos and lives only on the ground.
Because Anteaters' super-powers do not include good eye…