NEW CONSERVATION STRATEGY!!
Ever wonder how poachers make a living? Fielding questions from patrons at the Canadian National Exhibition answered that quite clearly for me.
Without exaggeration, we were seriously asked somewhere around 100 times for tiger claws, rhino horns and elephant tusks. Almost the entirety (if not the entirety) of requests were from Asian and Southeast Asian individuals, including a uniformed police officer! Every time we asked why, we'd be greeted with sheepish smiles and replies such as "luck" or "energy".
For the first half of the show I'd try to rationally explain why these shouldn't be purchased based on the principles of conservation. Every time their eyes would glaze over and they'd either walk away mid-explanation or wait for me to shut up before saying "so, how much money would it take to get one?"
Needless to say, I got fed up and it was time for a NEW STRATEGY!
Whenever people asked for one, I'd get all wide-eyed and exclaim, "OH NO!! BAD ENERGY!! You don't want to bring that danger into your life and around your family!!"
Every time it caught the person completely by surprise and they'd beg for more information.
"They used to be considered lucky but the energy has now shifted! Too much **insert endangered animal** blood has been spilled into the Earth and it has angered the spirit world! THEY ARE NOW CURSED!"
When they asked what brings good luck, I told them Inuit and First Nation products when collected with permits.
"If you want your claws and tusks to have balance and good energy, you must only buy from those who live in harmony and balance with nature".
You'd be damn surprised how often that worked. I hate providing unscientific information but sometimes you have to fight superstitious bullsh*t with superstitious bullsh*t!
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I was leaving my apartment last week when I literally stopped and gasped at seeing the most beautiful frog on my sidewalk. I snapped a quick photo with my phone but as you can see this did not appropriately capture the stunning amphibian:
So, even though I was running late for a lab, I sprinted back to my apartment to get my camera for an extremely quick photoshoot and earned myself a couple weird glances from my neighbor. I’m so glad I stopped to give this absolutely gorgeous animal his due.
I realized after the fact this fellow is actually an invasive Cuban tree frog (whoops! Gotta look at the toes) but I’ve never seen one this big. I really wish we didn’t have such an issue with invasive species around here; this handsome boy should be in Cuba making all the other tree frogs swoon with his good looks, not hopping around on my sidewalk. Even so, I’m happy that I got to see him and happier still that my photography skills are finally getting to the point where I can capture these animals the way we see them in person!
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