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Briar's Friendly Forest Critters

10 months ago

While I originally stole the name of Briar Rose off a character from the Fable franchise, I've ended up turning out more like the Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty, with my own little posse of animal friends. ^_^

Incase you missed him from the Pink Whale thread, here is my little friend Hedly the Hedgehog. ^_^

We found him underneath our outdoor bench. He used to live in our back garden but then we moved house and had to say goodbye... But now, I've made a new friend! Meet Pidgey the pigeon! ^_^

We found him on the edge of the road under a bridge. He's a fledgling that can't quite fly yet. His nest was too high to put him back and the area was too dangerous to leave him on the ground, so we took him home with us! He's super friendly and loves being stroked. ^_^

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10 months ago
Awww, cute.

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10 months ago

He really is! My boyfriend's dad's friend raises pigeons, and he says that Pidgey looks nice and healthy and should be ready to fly in about a week, so we're going to take care of him until then. ^_^

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10 months ago
Ooh, what does he raise the pigeons for? I hope Pidgey isn't making too much of a mess.

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10 months ago

They're racing pigeons! (Would've given him Pidgey to look after, but he lives in Turkey and is only here on holiday.) And Pidgey is shitting everywhere, but we gave him a little wicker basket lined with newspaper to sleep in, so at least most of the mess is confined to that :p

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10 months ago
Racing pigeons? I didn't even know that was a thing. That sounds really cool. F. Hopefully you aren't finding his waste in weird places a year from now.

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10 months ago

Yeah, they take them over to other countries and then race them to see who can make it home the fastest. ^_^

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10 months ago
Oh nice, he looks like such a sweet bird. Young pigeons on the ground aren't necessarily always in need of rescue, like a lot of birds they spend a few days in the area being watched by their parents after they leave the nest but before they can fly. But the edge of a road is not a great place to be, so in the case of a dangerous environment like that it sounds like you did the right thing. Pigeons actually make great pets, I used to know someone that raised them. They're extremely chill birds and much smarter than they look. IIRC they're one of only a handful of animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror, and they can memorize the alphabet and recognize written words. I guess all that reading from the phonebook they used to do when delivering messages paid off...

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10 months ago

Yeah, we made the same mistake with a fledgling magpie once. Couldn't fly, took him home, googled it, realized there was absolutely nothing wrong with him and took him straight back to the park. :p

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10 months ago
I used to kidnap baby cardinals all the time. >.>

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10 months ago

Naughty Miz! >.<

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10 months ago

Oh, I forgot to say, one thing that's super cute is that he seems to love it when we play youtube videos of pigeons cooing. ^_^

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10 months ago

I trust Hedley implicitly. He seems like he could help me escape from a city.

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10 months ago

He seems like the kind of hedgehog you can really live and learn from.

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10 months ago

doesn't really look like a pidgey to me

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10 months ago

Pidgey flew away already! Super proud... But I miss him. :'(

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10 months ago
That was way quicker than a week. Did you at least have time to show him how to do a barrel roll so the next generation will consist of barrel rolling pigeons?

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10 months ago

Yeah, I am pretty concerned about him. I mean, we took him out into the garden so he could practice flying, and for ages he barely managed to get from the table to the chair next to it... Then all of a sudden, he managed to get on the roof... Then to the neighbour's roof... And I think he was up there for a few hours. Not sure where he went from there but I wish I'd waited until he was a little older before I took him outside. I just assumed he wouldn't be able to get very far.

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10 months ago
Well, if he can get to multiple roofs I'm sure he'll be okay. He'll just have to take the scenic route for the next little while until he regains all his strength lol.

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10 months ago

Yeah, I'm sure he'll be okay... I just wish I hadn't ordered all those pigeon bands now. I wanted to get Pidgey a pigeon band, so I'd be able to recognise him if he came back... But apparently, you can't buy individual pigeon bands. You have to by them in bulk... So... Can anyone think of a use for 100 pigeon bands, now that I don't have any pigeons?

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10 months ago
@AestheticLlama probably knows a guy that can help you out with your... new found need of pigeons.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago
Ngl I actually chuckled.

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10 months ago

... What the actual fuckitty fuck? >.<

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10 months ago
Well don't keep us hanging. Did it help?

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10 months ago

Of course! ^_^

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10 months ago
Be free! He looks so noble and majestic bidding you goodbye at that angle.

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10 months ago

Super cute! :]

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10 months ago

Good news! I saw Pidgey on the neighbour's roof again today, and there was another pigeon who looked like she was feeding him. I looked it up and apparently it's quite common for adult pigeons to adopt orphan babies... Pidgey has a new Mummy! ^_^

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10 months ago

The cuteness factor in this thread raised from 100,000 to a billion. 

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10 months ago

They're not there right now, but if I see them again, I'll take a picture. ^_^

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9 months ago

A new friend has come to visit our garden. We will leave some peanuts out for him in the hopes that he comes back. Our dog was not impressed, but I like him! I shall call him Nutsy. (Also there was a new hedgehog in the garden yesterday, but it was too dark for me to take a pic. I love our new house!) ^_^

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9 months ago

Awww, so precious! Nutsy's adorable. :]

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9 months ago
Yes more hedgehogs please, I'm sorry but we've all seem squirrels and pigeons, you need capitalize on literally the only interesting wildlife the UK has.

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9 months ago
HEDGEHOG

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8 months ago

And now, for another tale of Briar's friendly forest critters.

Yesterday morning, my boyfriend saw a robin outside the door to the back garden, weirdly close to the house. He thought maybe it was begging for food, so he got some seeds to take to the little guy. Turns out though, the robin wasn't after food. there was an adorable little fledgling robin, just learning how to fly, who had somehow gotten himself stuck between the house and the little outdoor step. So my boyfriend jiggled the step away, scooped up the little guy and took him over the the bird table, where he provided the tiny robin with more seeds than his little heart could desire.

Alas, sweet readers, but this story has a sad ending.

The little fledgling robin decided to try out flying again and made a beeline for the house. (Our theory is that he saw my boyfriend through the window and wanted to thank him for rescuing him and giving him food.) But tragically, it wasn't meant to be. The little flegeling robin flew straight into the window, crashed to the floor and perished shortly after. A moment of silence please, for our tiny fallen friend. :'(

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8 months ago
That's... weird.

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8 months ago

And sad. :'(

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6 months ago

Here's a fun new addition to Briar's garden... A couple of parakeets! ^_^

Don't usually get them in England, but a few of them escaped from somewhere a few years ago and then they just bred like crazy, so now they're everywhere in my local area. Very pretty. ^_^

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6 months ago
Surprised they managed to survive, escaped ones pretty much never do, and that's not the climate for them at all.

Uhh, my cat brought me a live gopher the other day, but it was not in a state to be shown in the wholesome forest critter thread.

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6 months ago

OMG, poor little thing! Did it survive?

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6 months ago
Hmmm


....yes. >.>

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6 months ago

I am going to assume that you nursed it back to health and are currently keeping it as a pet. ^_^

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6 months ago
Exactly! How'd you guess??

I was pretty displeased at the cat as I'd been in the middle of making dinner when suddenly I had had to deal with a messed up rodent on the porch. Added to that the noise from the tiny life saving bandages I keep in the nightstand made her run irretrievably far back into the kitchen cabinet knocking shit over and upset the dogs.

To be fair, not too many people go 'aww poor thing' in regards to gophers, but I don't have a garden to worry about and they are pretty cute and it was just not a fun situation. Cats are cuter though which is why we put up with them being such sadistic little sociopaths.

But nevermind all that, and hey look, here's some deer!

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6 months ago

Well, we don't have gophers in the U.K. I guess it's easy to find animals cute when you don't actually have to deal with all the shit they cause. I wonder how cute rural Indian villagers would find a wild tiger. 

And awhhh! Pretty deer! ^_^

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one month ago

New hedgehog friend! My doggie was barking like mad last night and when we went to see why, she had this poor little guy terrified, all curled up in a ball in the middle of our garden. She had no idea what to do with it and was just kind of tapping it with her paw like, "What's this thing? ... Ouch! ... But what is it?... Ouch! ... Is it food? ... Ouch! ... Poking this thing hurts... Ouch! I should really stop... ... ... Ouch!" So we took the naughty doggy in and then just kind of chilled with the terrified hedgehog and took pictures of it until it finally worked up the courage to uncurl itself and scamper away... I shall call him Mr Snuffles. ^_^

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one month ago
I cannot get over the fact you guys just get random ass hedgehogs blundering around the yard the way other people get raccoons or possums.

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one month ago

Only hedgehogs don't get into anything, or cause any trouble and are basically just there to be adorable. ^_^

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one month ago
Yeah, they eat scorpions and other bugs. God how I wish they were here right now.

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one month ago

Well, we don't exactly have scorpions, but at least they keep our lawns slug free. ^_^

... Also, is it weird that I'm kind of jealous that you guys get racoons? I mean, I know they're a pain in the ass and all, but they just look so cute! ^_^

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one month ago
If you go over to Germany you can find some. They got deliberately introduced there by a Nazi, and proceeded to wage guerilla warfare on the rest of the wildlife like true patriots.

I kinda hate them though, they're cute and smart but super destructive to actually have around you. They do very not good things to chickens for fun and will go after kittens if they can in addition to other usual nuisance reasons. They can also literally kill horses by getting into a barn and shitting and pissing all over the hay.

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one month ago

Okay, maybe not so jealous now. Was unaware that racoons were chicken rapists.

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one month ago
Well it's really not that. I didn't want to into detail here in your happy place, but it's more that people tend to keep newly acquired chickens, or pet ones for their kids in those plastic dog crates in their garage or wherever, and it's not uncommon that they come out in the morning to find the raccoon has just reached in and the chicken has been removed through the wire door in pieces. (Same can happen in any enclosure only covered by chicken wire, which despite it's name is really not good for keeping chickens safe in because the gaps are large enough that raccoons or even hawks can mess them up if they're too close to it.)

The raccoons really don't seem interested in eating them or anything, they just are playful lil guys like that.

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one month ago

Wow, what little cunts. Yeah, our wildlife is much nicer. I mean a fox will rip a coop of chickens to shreds, but at least it's more difficult for the fox to get to them.

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one month ago
I mean TO BE FAIR, cats are equally sociopathic little monsters to a lot of other animals and we just never hold it against them because...omg KITTY!! ^_^

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one month ago

It's a kitty burrito! ^_^

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one month ago

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one month ago

Lol. Yeah, very true. One of my cats used to disappear for days on end, then suddenly return looking extremely well fed and happy. Also it would often turn it's nose up at it's cat food like, "Bitch, you really think I'm gonna eat Whiskas now? My other family be feeding me Sheba." :p

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one month ago

I'd love to say the same thing for the ones in my garden, but they come to steal and eat my ducks eggs. And now I don't get my omelet every morning. >:[

Otherwise they are the cutest things alive (after my ducks of course).

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one month ago

You fucking have pet ducks? O.O

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one month ago

I do ! They have plenty of space in our garden to take a stroll :)

They spend their days outside, and don't leave the garden. But sometimes they get to our door to demand more food (we don't know how since we placed fences, and this duck species can't fly).

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one month ago
Hey just a heads up that if you're uploading pictures to the site and posting them using the rich text editor (the ugly white box with the cluttered buttons that we all despise), you need to go in and remove the float;left or float;right style that the RTE adds.

It's an annoying bug I don't think we can do anything about because the RTE is a plug in from elsewhere.

Ideally just upload them to imgur and use HTML.

But those are cute and slightly weird looking ducks, are they any specific breed? And that's a beautiful yard you've got there.

The only people I knew who kept ducks got them as a "gift" to beautify their pond, and eventually had to get rid of them as they all decided their one goal in life was to walk up to the house and shit on the patio, forever.

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one month ago

Roger that for the next time :)

My ducks are "Indian Runner". It's a breed that can't fly and is well recognizable for their straight posture. We got them after our cat we had for 10 years unfortunately passed away. We didn't want to replace him with another cat, yet the garden felt empty. So we got those two female ducks, from a breed known to be ok living in a garden. They also eat snails and slugs, which is useful for our vegetables since we don't use chemicals.

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one month ago

We don't have any ducks, but there is a pond really close to where I live with beautiful geese. The geese can be really mean though. One time my friend and I were hanging out by the pond when he got too close to the goose and it started chasing him! It was pretty funny. 

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one month ago

It's no coincidence that they made a game about a goose being a dick.

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one month ago
It is indeed their one character trait.

Untitled Goose Game is just so charming though.

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one month ago

Can't agree more on that

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one month ago

OMG, I love them so much!!! I especially love the fact that in the first picture they're doing the exact same pose as the ducks on the sign behind them. :p

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one month ago

It's my favourite picture of them, representing the duo perfectly

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one month ago

We get squirrels. Evil, evil squirrels who keep messing up the bird feeder. >:[

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one month ago

But they're hungry! <3

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one month ago

I know, but they keep scaring away the birds. :[

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one month ago
Your birds have been around since the dinosaurs, now it is the time for the mammals to reign.

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one month ago

You're right. It's time. I'll go get my llama herd. 

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one month ago

Also forgot to mention that we have red squirrels. They're pretty awesome. ^_^

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one month ago
@AestheticLlama

Apparently they do sell squirrel proof feeders...

....which rarely work. The squirrels have become too evolved and extreme measures are needed.



Either that or the solution is to try your hardest, then give up and pay tribute.

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one month ago

Was looking into other British animals that you don't get in America. Do you guys really not get robins?

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one month ago

The funny thing is until I looked it up, I didn't realize we didn't have hedgehogs. I just figured I'd never seen one in the wild running around, since I know I've seen them in zoos.

I'm pretty sure I've seen robins. Though there's probably different versions of them.

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one month ago
We have robins. Unless we're calling some other bird robins, I see them every year.

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one month ago


If that's not a robin, it's close enough.

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one month ago

These are American Robins:

Named after European Robins because of the distinctive red chest, but not actually related to European Robins. They're actually a member of the Thrush family.

And this is a European Robin:

A lot tinier than the American Robin, about the size of a Sparrow. You may remember them from pretty much every single Christmas Card your Granny's ever sent you.

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one month ago

... Should probably add that I think we have a robin nest in our hedge. ^_^

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one month ago
Aw he's cute.

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one month ago

It's even cuter when it bathes in a gutter and dive in like in a pool.

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one month ago
Weird, never got THAT on a Christmas card.

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one month ago

You're missing something....

birds take a bath

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one month ago

Also, apprently, Americans don't get blue tits, which is a shame because I think they're the cutest birds. ^_^

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one month ago
I get a lot of sparrows, cardinals, Robins and a family of blue jays that always visits every year. Used to get yellow finches but they've disappeared the last couple of years and have been replaced by crows and crackles likely due to all of the development nearby.

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one month ago

I'd say the coolest birds we get in our garden are the parakeets. Though my boyfriend has seen a bird of prey in the garden eating a pigeon, but he wasn't sure what kind. Bigger than a kestrel, so probably either a Sparrowhawk or a Peregrine Falcon. Really hope I see it because birds of prey are my favourite.

Also there's this weird, super colourful bird that I've seen a few times but have absolutely no idea what it is. It always flies off before I can get a picture. >.<

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one month ago

We have tits of every size and color

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one month ago

Who exactly, besides Smurfette, has blue tits?

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one month ago

I'll get back to you on that. 

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one month ago
I once had to go out and break up a pair of what looked like otters fighting on the front garden.
No hedgehogs in mine but have caught a water vole in a humane rat trap before.

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one month ago
Otters? What the heck, where do you live?

We have nutrias here which look sort of similar too, not really sure how many varieties of aquatic rodents there are.

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one month ago
I'm in Wales, I knew there are some in our county but didn't know the river behind us had any. I didn't get a great look at them as it was dark and they were rolling around but they looked too long to be cats and too big to be polecats. So I'm guessing otters. Never seen them since though.

Just Googled nutrias aww CUTE!

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one month ago

My biology teacher wrote a whole book about them. While cute, they're an invasive species with pretty severe environmental consequences.

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one month ago
That's a shame. Looking them up turns out the UK had a population of them when some escaped from fur farms, but they were trapped and hunted to get rid of them.

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one month ago

Has anyone made a drawing of Avery surrounded by the animals listed on the thread? Because if not, then I could do that. 

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one month ago

A sith lord saying "DO IT"

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one month ago

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one month ago

... I should mention that I also have a little mouse who lives in my shed. ^_^

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one month ago

At this rate, it will end up looking like this....

Terminator surrounded by animals

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one month ago

Quick update to let everyone know that I will actually try and attempt this.

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one month ago
Commended by TharaApples on 5/14/2021 9:11:11 PM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand done! Any thoughts?

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one month ago
Who are you and what have you done with AL?

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one month ago

I shall never expose myself!

-signed, A Llama

 

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one month ago
You're definitely improving. I'm a little worried for Briar though; that bird is wearing not one but two ankle monitor bracelets! What kind of master criminal is perched atop her head and what are its motives?

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one month ago
Aw, there's a hedgehog and everything :)