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Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby ComicBookMama » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:02 pm

I had a pair of beardie spottings at the Bronx Zoo today... one was hanging out in front of the Komodo Dragon exhibit in a display that was supposed to house rock monitor lizards; he was a cheerful looking fellow, and appeared alert and quite pleased with his spacious digs, but I couldn't think for the life of me what he was doing in there, other than the fact that the rock monitors sharing the space were also Australian species - and no signage identified him as a beardie, either.

The other beardie was in the reptile house, in a display I personally felt was a bit too cramped to house both a beardie and a frilled lizard. This second beardie's coloration was darker than the first, closer to what I've seen in nature clips of wild beardies, and he didn't seem quite as cheerful as his compatriot... kinda hunkered down amid the tank foliage. My heart kinda ached for him - I wanted to get him under a good basking lamp on a branch or something, and in a tank of his own.

Oh, and on a completely separate note, I've learned a new dragon word (though it applies to the winged and fire breathing sorts of dragons): fewmets. According to author Madeline L'Engle in her book A Wind in the Door, fewmets are dragon droppings. So I will now consider this appropriate terminology for dragon poo, each time I need to clean up Figment's fewmets.
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby Claudiusx » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:15 pm

ComicBookMama wrote:Oh, and on a completely separate note, I've learned a new dragon word (though it applies to the winged and fire breathing sorts of dragons): fewmets. According to author Madeline L'Engle in her book A Wind in the Door, fewmets are dragon droppings. So I will now consider this appropriate terminology for dragon poo

Well then Tombo has lotsmets :laughing6:

Or bigmets? LOL

Interesting that they had a bearded dragon in the Komodo Dragon Exhibit.... I would've probably asked about that one especially if it wasn't labeled or anything.

But did you really go and not take any pictures to share with us?! :protest:

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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby AHBD » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:39 pm

Did you by chance take any pictures ?
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:36 am

ComicBookMama wrote:Oh, and on a completely separate note, I've learned a new dragon word (though it applies to the winged and fire breathing sorts of dragons): fewmets. According to author Madeline L'Engle in her book A Wind in the Door, fewmets are dragon droppings. So I will now consider this appropriate terminology for dragon poo, each time I need to clean up Figment's fewmets.

Sorry to disappoint, but it applies to any kind of animal droppings. Alt. fumets
It's an old (archaic) English hunting term. :wink:

But by all means, consider it appropriate! :laughing6:

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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:16 am

Ummmm... pictures?

Ooops.

::slinks off, shamefaced:: :oops:

I'll remember next time, I promise! :)
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:19 am

MrSpectrum wrote:
ComicBookMama wrote:Oh, and on a completely separate note, I've learned a new dragon word (though it applies to the winged and fire breathing sorts of dragons): fewmets. According to author Madeline L'Engle in her book A Wind in the Door, fewmets are dragon droppings. So I will now consider this appropriate terminology for dragon poo, each time I need to clean up Figment's fewmets.

Sorry to disappoint, but it applies to any kind of animal droppings. Alt. fumets
It's an old (archaic) English hunting term. :wink:

But by all means, consider it appropriate! :laughing6:

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LOL - I should have know you'd go right to the heart of the matter! You're right, of course... but I prefer L'Engle's definition for sheer whimsy. :wink:
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:45 am

ComicBookMama wrote:LOL - I should have know you'd go right to the heart of the matter!

I plead werdnerd [sic]/professional writer. :P
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby Aaradimian » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:02 am

MrSpectrum wrote:
ComicBookMama wrote:LOL - I should have know you'd go right to the heart of the matter!

I plead werdnerd [sic]/professional writer. :P


I plead this as well! What kind of writing?
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:23 pm

I wonder if they were a rescue or last minute intake for some reason and were put into exhibits without full planning. Were there any empty exhibits that they may have been in but needed cleaning or maintenance? Perhaps they were moved temporarily. Omaha zoo has a beardie exhibit but it is large (at least 4' tall) with signs set up specifically for them.
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:19 pm

CooperDragon wrote:I wonder if they were a rescue or last minute intake for some reason and were put into exhibits without full planning. Were there any empty exhibits that they may have been in but needed cleaning or maintenance? Perhaps they were moved temporarily. Omaha zoo has a beardie exhibit but it is large (at least 4' tall) with signs set up specifically for them.


I didn't see any exhibits under renovation- but we also didn't hit the Children's Zoo, where I think there was a Beardie on exhibit last time. The display I didn't care for much - the one in the reptile house with the Beardie and frilled dragon in together - was a permanent exhibit with signage. It was tall, but did not have much in the way of climbing branches provided, and looked maybe 36" deep and 24" wide (just my guesstimate). I'm really contemplating writing a politely worded letter to the keeper in charge of herpetology if the exhibit isn't better next time I go.

The Beardie in the rock monitor exhibit - probably there temporarily, because of lack of signage - was definitely a happier looking lizard!
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Re: Bronx Zoo Beardies and a New Word

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:53 am

It's probably worth a note or stopping by to speak with one of the keepers and ask about why they are set up that way. There may be a good reason for it (or not). Either way, zoo keepers will likely have the best interest of an animal in mind and want to improve whatever they can.
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