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Would it be possible that my friend and I spotted several mink on a bank and swimming in a Yorkshire canal? Looked through many images on internet and these are the only ones that match. I have a friend who is getting a mink as a pet for his three children 3,6 7.

Is it a good idea for these children to have a mink for a pet. What is the danger or drawbacks. Terrible idea for children. Start with a ferret. Mink are wild animals and take a very experienced owner to tame and train one. Imagine a ferret with the strength of a raccoon and the agility of a mongoose. That is a mink. If frightened it could easily fuck a little kid up. Completely rip off fingers kind of fucked up. I wouldnt recommend a mink to anyone under , and thats assuming that young teenager is very experienced with potentially aggressive animals.

If you know what you are doing however, and train them well. They can be very rewarding pets. Just remember they are literally one of the most badass animals on this earth pound for pound.

I baited the trap with carrots! Is it possible that mink eat carrots? If I did catch a mink which was dead when I checked the trap been very cold at night did I kill the thing that might have killed the muskrats?

Hi there i trap MINK and they do live in Family groups as i got 3 in the same spot nearly to the foot they are killing machines and stink to great to get 3 out of the way the males make a loud screaching noise in the cage the female is so quiet in the cage grooming herself like a cat they fear nothing look nice a shame about the damage they do. A single mink killed seven full sized hens and took two bantam hens in one single night! They are killing machines! Mink are fine in their native hqbitat but escaped mink in Tierra del Fuego are invasive exotics without predators who are wiping out several species of bird.

We believe it was them that killed 7 of the 15 adult King penguins in one night on our nearby beach in southern TdF.

I saw a mink cross a nearby bike path. It looked so funny walking-like a giant inch worm. Suddenly, up periscoped the head and long neck of a mink.

I watched it through my binoculars. The white under its chin confirmed that it was a mink. I was surprised and delighted to see this beautiful creature for a few minutes in the middle of a late summer afternoon. They are in a chain link fence-do I need to wrap chicken wire around the lower portion of the yard or will they just climb over.

Any advice is appreciated. Did anyone give you ideas on protecting your chickens? I just had one grab a squirrel by its tail right in front of my hen house, made quite a rukus. Chickens, peacocks and turkeys all holloring with the squirrel. He let him go, but was all bloody. Yes they can go through the chain link fence! One was just at my house and killed 15 chickens and 5 ducks!

Looked like a murder seen! The mink broke their necks and moved on to the next one!! They are very mean.. They will spray an awful stink too! Over past 2 yrs the numbers declined to about 4 or 5 bass. We had no winter kill in last 2 yrs.

I cannot catch anything in the act of this robbery. How do i catch this culprit! Your email address will not be published. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. American Mink Scientific Classification Kingdom: August 28, at October 17, at February 1, at 8: May 16, at 5: December 11, at February 16, at 4: February 13, at 2: February 27, at 2: July 15, at 2: July 22, at August 15, at 8: August 17, at 2: February 20, at 5: December 3, at January 17, at 6: January 31, at 6: March 31, at 1: February 16, at 5: April 12, at 5: May 6, at March 13, at 3: May 17, at January 23, at 9: June 17, at 4: August 5, at 4: September 3, at 8: September 7, at November 10, at 2: A few thousand years would not pose any kind of a problem given taphonomic vagaries, and a relict population would be quite likely based on knowledge of other relicts.

Thanks for comment so far. Like previous authors, I suppose I had assumed that the presence of a nose ring and rope was indeed suggestive of domestication or semi-domestication. Variation in antlers comment 4: Regarding the youngest sivatheres represented by skeletal remains comment 8: All the evidence for possible late survival comes from rock art and artifacts.

Does anyone know otherwise? According to wikipedia, sivatherium may have lived until 8, years ago, but this seems based on the rock paintings rather than sivatherium remains. I think that this is a very interesting subject. I believe that old species live today more than people believe that they do. For instance I think they elephant is more related to the mammoth than we think it is.

It is the same with many other animals thanks for the post maybe one day we will really understand what is going on. Look at the style of the sculpture. Rope, nasal ring and legs are almost equally wide.

Talking about general proportions of the animal makes no sense here. Shape of deer antlers is detail which is very commonly distorted by artists, even in modern art. BTW — Fallow Deer is one of easiest and the most often tamed wild mammals, what perfectly fits sculpture. Re-em is Aurochs Bos primigenius, as evidences by a passage in which God is praised for making this giant, wild beast become tame and work for humans.

Another factor to consider is whether there are any other animal figurines known from the same time and place. That would provide some information on how accurately artists in the culture were able to depict animals in general.

If, on the other hand, that culture produced highly realistic sculptures of known animals like horses or cattle, then perhaps this figurine is a realistic depiction as well. This seems to be the only good photo of it that I can find using good old google images, and the animal depicted is so stylized that it could be anything from an antelope to a deer.

A google search turned up nada. As an artist, I find it hilarious that anyone assumes any weird-looking ancient sculpture must have some analogue in nature. Because, as we all know, the Sumerians were always perfectly accurate and never made anything up. It would be cool if some of them got to see a Sivatherium, though. This techniques are really not primitive, and the technology is still today more or less the same than during the early dawn of metallurgy.

I have already worked myself for many times with this technique. You have to sculpt a model from wax, coat it with some kind of fireproof compound, warm it to get rid of the wax, and cast hot gold, silver or bronze in the hollow pattern. It is possible to make extremely fine details with this technique. One limit is of course the artistic talent of the sculptor, and the amount of time which is used for a model.

Is it at all possible the artist might have seen a fossil skull? I prefer seeing it as a long-legged Sumerian Jackalope, but I guess some might see it as a fallow deer or giraffid.

Remember that wild animal with the cranial appendages that was led in the procession at the spring festival? The king wants a sceptre with a model of it decorating the top. The short chapter telling of his one article in an ARCHEological journal is headed by a lovely reconstruction of a Sivathere which looks at least as much like a reindeer as the Christmas decorations at most department stores!

Is it possible the artist might have seen a fossil skull? Or, one of them, anyway. I have been trying to remember the title and author of this book ever since.

Do we actually know of any species of sivatherium with tall branching deer-like horns? The whole phylogeny of the giraffids in general is quite a mess. Great discussion of prehistoric survivor type cryptozoology! Would it be possible that it was an exotic gift to the king and not really domesticated? Of course, short-necked giraffids do still exist in Africa- the okapis. Could that person looking for the book be thinking of an Adrienne Mayor book?

Ancient artists probably had a different approach than modern ones. While they could be creative, they may have been more restrained along traditional lines. Their fantastic creatures would more likely be traditional mythological ones. These mythical ones could be based on fossils or survivors.

It was defiantly an older book, published sometimes before when I first found it while Mayors stuff all seems to be much more recent.

As for the figurine, I would say a deer, possibly a follow deer but I suppose it could also be an Atlas deer a subspecies of red deer from north Africa , hard to tell as it is so stylized. Having said this, I do nevertheless tend to agree with those who think that the figurine most likely represents a Persian fallow deer.

Adrienne Mayor , First Fossil Hunters , p. Decorative and Symbolic Uses of Vertebrate Fossils. Occasional Papers on Technology Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. What archaeologists would normally do here is to bring together a sample of similar sculpture from the area and era to learn what artistic conventions were like at the time.

I find the Kish figurine to be extremely weak evidence either for the presence of sivatheres or fallow deer in the region. Until there are radiocarbon dates on species-determined bones with good archaeological contexts, the whole discussion is meaningless. Both Pleistocene and Holocene skeletal remains of this species are known, and it did persist in Iraq until the 19th century and stragglers — presumably from Iran — have been observed there as late as in the ies.

Martin R comment The species is well represented in the Near and Middle eastern archaeological record from about , yrs ago: I mean that if you want to know whether this or that animal species was around, then never mind the sculpture. And if you want to know what this particular sculpture depicts, then check out more than one piece of sculpture — and check what species are attested as bones when looking for candidate animals.

What really is the main question here? Surely no serious zoologist will see that clumsy figurine as important evidence either way? This whole article is a discussion of the literature on the Kish figurine. I seem to have expressed myself clumsily, coming across as more aggressive than I intended. I meant no criticism of Darren, whose blog I always read with great interest.

I am just surprised that the palaeontologists involved in the debate would take the issue seriously. A few years ago, a Viking Period dress pin was found in Sweden.

And it looks a lot like Mickey Mouse. From the side, it looks like the rope is wrapped around the outside of the snout, which is probably why someone would describe it as being haltered.

Rudolf, the red nosed sivathere! Mural plausible nose ring? The trade trails may have been along the cool high altitudes. The rope from the nose ring to the leg may be a hobble that allowed feeding but not wandering. The last four articles that have appeared here were…. Yet more from that book project see the owl article for the back-story, and the hornbill….