FLORA and FAUNA

 

Can You Guess Who This DIP Critter Is?

(How many clues does it take you to figure it out?)

by Diana R. Lopez

 

DIP Critter Clues:

1) It’s a mammal that is most closely related to bears (not foxes as many believe).

2) It makes its home in tree hollows, caves and burrows.

3) It is primarily crepuscular and nocturnal meaning that it is most active at dawn, dusk and at night.

4) It’s an omnivore that eats fruits, berries, nuts, fish, shellfish, insects, rodents, bird and turtle eggs, garbage, as well as (believe it or not) small, domestic mammals such as puppies and kittens.

5) Some but not all of its species wet their food prior to eating it.

6) It is able to swim and will never live farther than 1200 feet from a permanent water source.

7) The male of its species has been known to mate with cats.

8) Cats have been known to nurse this critter’s offspring.

9) Upon opening its eyes, it imprints indelibly on its nursing parent.

10) An infant of this species crying for its mother sounds very similar to a human baby crying.

11) It can become aggressive as early as 6 months of age.

12) The female of its species matures at one year, and the male, at two years of age.

13) It is highly dexterous and its name comes from the Algonquin word, aurukun, meaning “he who scratches with his hands” .

14) The heaviest recorded weight of its species is 60 pounds which is the average weight of a year-old child; it is considered pretty fast as it can sprint at speeds of up to 15 mph.

15) It is highly intelligent in that it can solve problem situations and remember quite intricate tasks for a period of up to 3 year.

16) It is a common carrier of rabies and can transmit rabies to you or your pets if you or they are bitten or scratched.

17) Like all wild animals, this critter does not make a good pet as it can be both dangerous and highly destructive.

18) A group of this species is called a nursery.

 

                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                            

                                                            

                                                            

                                                            

                                                            

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