Mahoenul giant wetaClick here to read the article

ARealGirl sent me this one with the headline "Eeek! Kill it!" but I think we can all see the cuteness of this little sweetie. This article about the Mahoenui giant weta supports my theory that most tree-huggers only want to save the cute animals. Rats and other nasties that have as much right to survival of the fittest tend to get less ink than, say, spotted owls and pretty mammals. I hope the Kiwis can save this booger, because, come on, just look at it!

A great quote from the article talk addresses a truism of life -- no matter what you want to achieve, if you want people to act, you have to be compelling.

"You have to tell a story. You have to appeal to something else. Then often you get engagement."

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Weta's are beautiful

Managed to spot one (different species obviously) while I was touring around in New Zealand. I only recognised it because I'd seen them in Te Papa museum in Wellington.

Incidentally in case people are wondering DOC is the abbreviation for Department of Conservation.

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Save the Ugly Bugs!

Just please tell me should I EVER have one crawl on me I'm not going to suffer nasty nasty bites. If you've ever been bitten by the tiny Chigger....you know what I mean.........



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it looks like a

that thing looks like a giant cricket, and is still only the size of the man's (or woman's) palm. I thought the silver bugs from Earthcore were two feet tall at least. . . 

 

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Not sure

but to the best of my knowledge they're harmless.

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Death, chaos and mayhem, the music of the night

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its a big one

Somebody call fear factor, we just found their new ultimate challenge...  hmm I wonder what it would taste like deep fried? or maybe still wiggling!

 

some people never go crazy. what truely horrible lives they must lead.~Bukowski

some people never go crazy. what truely horrible lives they must lead.~Bukowski

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