Posts made in September 11th, 2012

Skunking About

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Mammals, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

Are you familiar with the phrase? “Skunking about”? Or whether, indeed, it is a phrase? Well, during the first weeks of the expedition skunks certainly where about, although in general they were only noted in their passing. That is passing by, rather than passing away (alas, on several occasions we did witness their squished striped remains pancaked to the road). Because, of course, what is so delightfully reassuring about a skunk, is that they are more often smelt than seen. As we ran the roads and gravel tracks between Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate, nearly every day...

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Why did the Armadillo cross the road . . . . ?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Mammals, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

Armadillo. Its got a comical ring to it. It’s also a fitting name for a mammal with armoured plating protecting his little body and a range of other defences he deploys against the world of problems he faces. The fellow scuttles about with alarming pace amongst the overgrazed scrub of South America munching beetles, carrion and plants alike, and when alarmed, or presumably at other times when he is bored of all that scuttling about, he sits quite still and is completely indecipherable from the other dusty, round boulders that litter the plain. So what chance of seeing him? Actually he’s...

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