Tag Archives: Wildlife

Swans Ruined Girl’s Childhood

evil swan cartoon

By Lucy Telfer-Smollett

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

How Swans Ruined My Childhood.

And why I would, therefore, prefer to see them with a side of mash and dripping in gravy.

A true story.

Baudelaire, Yeats, St. Vincent Millay. It would seem that poetry and swans are nigh on inseparable. Similarly, they appear in art, dance, fairy tales and mythology from around the world. In fact, there are more swans in culture than you could shake a stick at  (incidentally, we shall be discussing the turbulent union of swan and stick later).

The Rampage of the Zombie Ant

fire ant

By Georgie McDonald

It’s at this time of year, when the skies are dark and ominous and the gales rattle our windows at night, that the horrific story of an innocent fly and a biting fire ant comes out of the shadows. Fire ants have a bad public persona as they are one of the 285 species of stinging ants worldwide. Although they are not commonly known to kill humans, unless the victim is highly allergic to the venom, they are branded the most vicious ants in the world. The Queen is the largest ant of the colony and can produce up to 3,500 eggs in a single day, which is roughly 9 million fire ants in her life time. Now it certainly would be unfortunate to come across ferocious biting ants in those numbers.

Sir David Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild

sumantran rhino

By Georgie McDonald

Sir David Attenborough has graced our television screens for the last 60 years. He has become the global advocate for natural history programmes and it is said that he is the most travelled person in history. So where does this legendary public figure get his extraordinary energy from?

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