22 June 2010

creatures of Terlingua

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to the critters of Terlingua, but it highlights a few novel things:

The ubiquitous Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura).

We didn't see any javelinas (collared peccary), nor were we particularly concerned - they're docile. Feral hogs are more vicious by far. But we were quite tempted to get the t-shirt. It at least inspires hikers to leave the wildlife alone!

Stuffed jackalope! I've never seen a plush jackalope - taxidermy may be pretty advanced on matters of the jackalope, but there's nothing quite seeing your beloved jackalope immortalized in a line of plush creatures. The scorpion still rocks, almost as much as the plush rattlesnake I'm so fond of.

When I saw this, I did a double-take. Many birds have been plush-ized, and many are kind of strange (the blue TY pelican comes to mind), but this was the first time I've ever seen a plush Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis).

...see? Even the tag says so! And what interesting timing.


  1. Haha, thats pretty cool! The diversity of plush critters has grown a lot since I was a kid!

  2. I know! Seriously, we were lucky to have rubber duckies that squeaked... kids these days have plush endangered species (some that SING) and there's no end of the critters going on the endangered list, so the variety will just keep growing ;-X Does this mean they'll thank us for cool stuffed animals, or they'll hate us for killing off all of the cool live animals? /sarcasm

  3. "..., we were lucky to have rubber duckies that squeaked..."

    And we liked it!