Confessions of a Former Zoology Student

August 8, 2012

If you've read my About page, then you know I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. A pretty silly major, considering I don't really use that knowledge at all, but I don't regret my choice. I can't imagine having studied anything else. Animals are just so. cool. So cool, in fact, that I don't have a favourite one. Can't pick.

But on to the confession portion of this post.

A few months after we had moved into the house, I was wandering the yard as I still often tend to do. The dog was running around like a crazy thing, as she still often tends to do. But then she stopped and started smelling a small little lump.

That small little lump was a dead animal.

A star-nosed mole, to be exact.

Now, some people think star-nosed moles are disgusting. I happen to think that they are FREAKING AWESOME!

Are you ready for this?

Star-nosed Mole via National Geographic

The thing adaptation dreams are made of.

I had learned a little bit about these guys during my studies, but had never seen anything other than a picture. You have no idea how excited I was to being seeing one in the flesh (never mind that it was dead).

And then a lightbulb went off - how cool would it be for future students to actually be able to see one of these little semi-aquatic mammals in person?

So I grabbed some gloves, scooped him up, plopped him in a bag, and promptly stuck him in the freezer, with the intention of sending him to my alma mater for them to turn into a stuffed star-nosed mole. I even contacted the head lab instructor to see if they wanted it - and they were interested.

But...I never got around to sending the mole-sicle.

So yeah, there's still a frozen star-nosed mole in our freezer. Maybe if I come into some money I can pay to have him taxidermied (that's a verb, right?) myself. I'm only half kidding...

Do you have a favourite animal?

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