June 20, 2003

African Plains Ape!

"OK. What large animals have we seen so far on our vacation?"

"Elk!"

"Bighorn sheep!"

"Mountain goats!"

"Coyotes!"

"Canis familiarls!"

"OK. What kind of large animal have we seen the most of so far on our vacation?"

"None of the above!"

"None of the above?"

"None of the above! We've seen many more of the African plains ape than of any other large animal!"

"African plains ape!"

"And they're *way* out of their natural habitat!"

"African plains ape!"

"The most common large animal in the Canadian Rockies!"

"African plains ape!"

"Clearly it's time for them to be the object of an animal management program!"

"African plains ape!"

Posted by DeLong at June 20, 2003 09:34 PM | TrackBack

Comments

By any definition, an ecological disaster! A scourge; in need of rectification.

Posted by: Richard W. Crews on June 21, 2003 12:16 AM

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Please do explain?

Posted by: lise on June 21, 2003 12:17 PM

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Well, mother nature has come up with an appropriate management program called AIDS. This program also lets the overmultiplied apes know that in the long run, the ecological food chain is circular and has no endpoint.

Posted by: andres on June 21, 2003 12:57 PM

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No, I don't get it.

Posted by: moen on June 21, 2003 01:00 PM

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Humanity, Lise - me, thee, and even he.

Posted by: Pooh on June 21, 2003 02:29 PM

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Thanks Pooh.
Oh dear!

Posted by: lise on June 21, 2003 02:33 PM

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'Sokay, Lise, you were obviously thrown by our host's disdain for his fellow man.

Wishes of an Elderly Man

I wish I loved the human race;
I wish I loved its silly face;
I wish I loved the way it walks;
I wish I loved the way it talks;
And when I'm introduced to one;
I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!

Sir Walter Raleigh


Wishes of a Professor

Clearly it's
time for them
to be
the object
of
an
animal management
program

Brad Delong

Posted by: Pooh on June 21, 2003 03:15 PM

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we had a lot more luck than you on our trip to the Canadian Rockies. Get thee out of the car!

Posted by: pj on June 21, 2003 03:19 PM

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Pooh,

I've seen that as the hubristic jokes of two young african plains monkeys. While it is not fully evident, the last phrase attributable to our host is "OK. What kind of large animal have we seen the most of so far on our vacation?"


DSW

Posted by: Antoni Jaume on June 22, 2003 03:15 AM

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Love you guys.

Lise

Posted by: lise on June 22, 2003 07:54 AM

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There is a theory that it is actually an African Swamp Ape.

Posted by: P.M.Lawrence on June 22, 2003 04:46 PM

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So, when's open season on these critters? I'll bet they're tender, not so gamey.

Posted by: andrew on June 22, 2003 07:07 PM

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They're high in the food chain and concentrate a lot of what they eat, plus they expose themselves to many environmental toxins like nicotine and ethanol or worse. That's the sort of thing that makes meat gamey in the first place. And many specimens are quite old.

Posted by: P.M.Lawrence on June 22, 2003 11:47 PM

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Personally, I like meat that tastes slightly gamey. The conclusions of Swift's seminal academic contribution,

http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~benjamin/316kfall/316ktexts/swift.html

still apply, one might think. These conclusions were actually tried in Easter Island and parts of Russia in the early 20th century. But it's not too late to come up with alternative management programs.

Posted by: andres on June 24, 2003 02:38 PM

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Cool!

Posted by: viagra on December 17, 2003 12:41 PM

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very interesting!

Posted by: milf on January 5, 2004 10:07 AM

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