Norfolk is a long way away from anywhere, and if I were you, I shouldn't start from here. By the time you get to the outskirts of Cromer, any distinctions between science, beachcombing, social commentary, writing and animal husbandry have started to blur. When the process is complete, you know you've arrived at the End Of The Pier Show. So, welcome. Find somewhere to park your unicycle. Pull up a girrafe chair. Make yourself comfortable.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Zoological Communiqué of the Maison Des Girrafes

Every so often I update both my readers with a list of who's who in the Maison Des Girrafes (and attached Parc Zoologique Des Girrafes). We've had some comings and - sadly - goings in the past few weeks, so this is a brief attempt at a resumé.

PHYLUM ANNELIDA
Worms (Wormus wormus) - in wormery.

PHYLUM CHORDATA

SUBPHYLUM VERTEBRATA

CLASS PISCES
Fish (Fishus fishus) - in fishtank in sitting room.

CLASS AMPHIBIA
Axolotl (Axolotlus axolotlus): Squirty Benson Wilberforce III - tank on kitchen worktop.
Frogs (Froggus ribitus): Mr and Mrs Jeremy Fisher and Progeny - in garden pond.

CLASS REPTILIA
Corn snake (Serpentinius murophagus): Sid - in vivarium above fishtank in sitting room.

CLASS AVES
Chickens (Hennus hennus) - Charlie, Lola, Hermione, Luna, Bracken, Bluebell, Cho, Portia, Titania and Ginny - in the garden.

CLASS MAMMALIA

ORDER RODENTIA
Hamster (Hamsterus hamsterus) - Victoria - in cage in sitting room.
Guinea Pigs (Guineus piggus) - Florence, Emily, Punky, Snowy, Bubble, Squeak y Consuela - in the garden.

ORDER LAGOMORPHA
Bunnies (Bunnius bunnius) - Barney, Buttons and Beelzebun Demon Bunny of DOOM - in the garden.

ORDER CARNIVORA
Dog (Doggus doggus) - Heidi
Cats  (Moggus moggus) - Naughtypants, Tabitha Spong, Electra Z.
Electra Z & Tabitha Spong

Electra Z and Tabitha Spong, 7 weeks old, arrived yesterday.

I don't think I've forgotten anyone.

7 comments:

  1. Obviously you forgot your dog.

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  2. ie. a picture of Heidi, ¡is very important!

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  3. Awwwww, cute kittens.

    Thanks for all those latin names - us physicist types always wonder how you biology types manage to remember all the names, and now it appears that it's easier than I thought. You'll be telling me next that a crow is Corvus corvus.

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  4. Miss!, Miss!, Brian said a doodle.

    No Brian, the crow of cromer is Corvin crox.

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  5. The coat of arms of Cromer has three crows in it - and a lake. Cromer's original name was 'Crow mere' - the lake of crows. A thousand years ago, Cromer was some hundreds of meters inland.

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  6. Dr. Corvin D'Crox of Cromer, said - Hmmm! is very interesting Dr. Gee. I will have to make more inquiries about.

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