Being Normal Ghost type is such a fun combo
Thought this was appropriate for this month - here you can see a clip from last year of my late girl Peaches dressed as a pumpkin, then a clip from this year of one of my current girls Pickle dressed as a pumpkin!
Tutorial on how to introduce your rats to wearing costumes in a stress-free manner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9syaEjX_C4
Jurassic Park except they provide proper enrichment for the animals and they therefor don’t feel the need to hunt slow, small humans.
“We stuffed this pumpkin full of live goats for the T. rex watch him try to get them out with his little fingers.”
“Turns out the raptors are cage breakers, so we’ve gotten them a series of door handles to manipulate. Little guys just love it.”
“The Rexes are incredibly affectionate pack animals, so we were careful to breed multiples. Be sure to come during spring time to watch them go broody over anything even vaguely egg-shaped.”
“We put the Raptors through target training and now if they are bored, hungry, or just want a scratch under the chin they go to spot near the bars and ring a little bell for attention.”
“Imprinting after hatching was so common that we now have keepers under contract to care for the animals well into adulthood to prevent them from pining.”
“The Gallimimus turned out to be just giant Canada Geese, and so fear nothing. Their keeper regularly has to stop them from trying to attack fences, guests, feeding buckets, and the now traumatised pack of Ceratosaurs in the next paddock.”
“We also fired Dr. Henry Wu.”
I have questions for OP either about how big they think a pumpkin is or about how small they think goats are.
In a fictional genetic theme park, we play by Roger Rabbit rules. They’re however large they need to be to make my joke work.
I respect that. Question withdrawn.
Fun fact, this may actually account for many of the “imaginings” we have of extinct animals.
I had a molecular biology professor who referred it to “vacuum packing” where many extinct animals are rendered slimmer or muscular than they may have been, since things like body fat and fur are not preserved during fossilization. So our view of animals like dinosaurs may be entirely inaccurate.
There’s actually a book, All Yesterdays, in which the artist, CM Koseman, draws modern animals as we might have interpreted them to look if we found them extinct the same way do dinosaurs.
Fun examples include:
And literally the picture of the hippo
Another funny thing to add to this…because of how fossils are formed, it’s possible we don’t know what type of dinosaurs were different species or the same species. If we compare the skeletons to modern animals, snake skeletons often look pretty much the same so if all snakes were extinct we may believe they were all one species of animal instead of hundreds. Meanwhile, all dog breeds are considered the same species Canis lupus familiaris (technically domestic dogs are a subspecies of Canus lupus, the Grey Wolf, but you get what I mean) despite their skeletons being drastically different from each other (compare a pug skull to a great dane and to a poodle…they’ll look different).
So, if all snakes were mistaken for being only a small handful of species and modern dogs could be mistaken for a BUNCH of unique different species…think about how that knowledge can reflect onto our current understanding of extinct animals.
It goes deeper than that. A colleague of mine who’s a paleontologist was commenting on how for some extant species of birds, we can only tell species apart through behavior traits like song. You could have two perfectly preserved dead specimens of bird, but you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart because you need to hear their songs to tell their species apart. She said that she is sometimes kept awake by thoughts of the implications of this for species classifications in paleontology, and whether we collapse huge swaths of species in the fossil record into just one species because we can’t tell them apart just with the information we havd
Oh that problem goes both directions.
It’s almost certain that different species have been clumped together, just from the number of times more complete finds have shown this to be a case (reference the fluctuating existent Brontosaurus). With dinosaurs, specifically, however, it often goes in the other direction, as juvenile specimens are mistaken for close relatives who fill slightly different niches. At least some clades seem to have horns and other bony structures that changed as they aged, particularly pachycephalosaurs and ceratopsians, so a single species might look like two or more.
Paleontology is always a matter of increasing focus on the true nature of these ancient animals but knowing that the lens won’t ever focus fully.
One of my favorite things to do in Pokemon SwSh is to spam Dynamax Meowth with the Amulet Coin until it caps out so whenever I beat someone it looks like they’re having a crisis over the fact that I just stole their entire bank account
My husband is playing DnD with some friends and told me to come look at the cat who is sitting in a chair like a person. My husband handed him a d20 and said “sir you have to roll a stealth check to convince the other party members you are a human” and the cat immediately batted the d20 and rolled a 14. The party cheered for him.
The final human player joined the table and they brought out a whole extra chair so the cat could remain at the table. He’s now the party’s official Druid and just canonically in wildshape all the time and therefore unable to speak Common.