The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

MORE ZOOLOGICAL NEWS: HAVANA - A living example of an insectivore native to Cuba — but believed for years to extinct — has been found in the island's eastern mountains, a Cuban news agency reported.

The discovery of the male insect-eating mammal known as an almiqui (pronounced ahl-mee-KEE) raises hopes "that it will not wind up in the catalog of the irretrievable animals disappearing from the face of the Earth," Prensa Latina said in reporting the discovery.

Prensa Latina also reports that a species of carnivore thought to have gone extinct in 1989 still exists in eastern Cuba. The species, fidelicus tyrannicus communistum, has been located in the area around Havana. The carnivore is best known for its spectacular dominance displays. During these displays the dominant male kills other members of the species, usually in large numbers and for no real reason. The species can be identified by its long plume, which resembles a human male’s beard. [not terribly subtle today, are we?]


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