Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday beaver and a quick course in beaver language
Stumbled on an article on our butchering of the English language via BBC purists and wondered about beaver communications. This being Friday and all. Only once or twice have I heard a beaver make noise but that's another somewhat embarrassing story.
Turns out that beaver have several methods of getting the word out out there in the wild.
Beavers have a pair of anal scent glands, called castors, which secrete a musk-like substance called castoreum. This is used mainly for marking territories. The broad, flat, scaly tail is about 25 cm (about 10 in) long and serves as a warning signal when slapped against the water. Beavers also call out to others, making a low, groaning sound.
Okay I'll let you make your own jokes about all this.
Bank fails later. Oh pardon me that's failures.
addendum: How this code got all mucked up is beyond me but I'm too lazy to fix it right now so deal with it.