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Winter Management


 

The NYT’s Natalie Angier is one of my favourite popular science writers. Her stuff is always interesting and she has a really fun writing style. Today she profiles the muskox, and its particular genius for survival:

With their stubby legs, musk oxen are not migratory like caribou or great dashers like reindeer. Their basic approach to winter management is: Don’t just do something — stand there. “You’ll see them in a big storm, drifted over, covered with snow,” said Dr. Lawler. “They’re almost part of the scenery.”

Meanwhile, here’s an old HWW profile:

 


 
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  1. 'Don't just do something — stand there'

    Good grief….we have a muskox govt!

  2. I mean really, why NOT contact the Canadian Wildlife Service in Ottawa?

    lol

    • I always loved that line.

    • OMG that made me laugh – they should run it in the DTES but then BCCL and Pivot Legal will claim it violates their Charter of Rights, lol!!!

    • Brilliant

  3. "Their basic approach to winter management is: Don't just do something — stand there. “You'll see them in a big storm, drifted over, covered with snow,” said Dr. Lawler. “They're almost part of the scenery.”

    I watched that popular penguin documentary a couple years ago and remember thinking same thing about penguins. It must be diabolical to be those animals, stand there in cold for months on end.

    I hope to never be reincarnated as a penguin or a muskox, I have to say.

    • Having stood waiting for a bus in 30 below weather, I have sometimes wished I were a muskox.

  4. Their basic approach to winter management is: Don't just do something — stand there. “You'll see them in a big storm, drifted over, covered with snow,” said Dr. Lawler. “They're almost part of the scenery.”

    That sounds a lot like Highway 402 motorists in Southwestern Ontario this week.