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2023 Reader Question 118

2023 Reader Question 118 published on 6 Comments on 2023 Reader Question 118

Here is an animal that is pure evil and only thinks about murder.

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Hm, okay, if ‘any avian and any mammal’ are allowed…

The butcherbirds – known for sticking prey (even if it’s still alive) on whatever spike is available. Including barbed wire.

As I recall, various mammals have been observed in mimicking the vocalizations of their prey to lure them in. One of the more fun ones I recall was an observation in some margays pursuing tamarins. IIRC, it was restricted to margays that were in the limited tamarin area, but still. I could see that occurring elsewhere.

Now there’s a fun horror story. The margay side lures their prey in, and the butcherbird side grabs them and impales them while still alive.

Margay and Superb Lyre Bird. Finally thought of a griffon combo to toss out there! Two animals known for mimicry, could this be a troll to rival bugbears? (not SCARY, just a troll)

(I saw an article once about the Margay mimicking the calls of baby monkeys to try and lure parents into an ambush!)

We apparently read the same articles!

I went and looked it up. Traced back to observations in the mid 2000s, and published in 2010. Made NatGeo and a number of other places.

And, yes, I considered the lyrebird / margay mimicry mix, which would be quite silly (imagine Michael Winslow – wait, COULD he be a shifted lyregay?) to live with.

But since the theme was ‘evil and scary’, butcherbird.

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