Monday, May 23, 2011

An Unsolved Mystery

A couple of weeks ago, Patti Abbot asked me if I knew what little black bird could have been herding the flamingos at the Detroit Zoo. I had no idea, and still don’t (small black birds could be starlings or grackles, but why/how would they herd anybody?)—but I now have a mystery of my own to ask about.

A few days ago, Lucy the orangutan was hanging out on the tower leading up to the O-Line and chewing meditatively on something. I took some pictures, and I still don’t know what this something is.

I don’t think it’s food; it looks more like some sort of rubber toy, or one of those nubbly-soled sandals that are supposed to massage your feet—but I just don’t know.

Any ideas? Is it a toy? A rare, exotic tuber? A bath accessory? A secret weapon? You tell me.

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Anca said...

It looks like a tiny albino crocodile flattened by a truck.

biobabbler said...

I don't suppose they give orangs salt licks?

pattinase (abbott) said...

It does look like a toy more than footware. Perhaps the wing off of something white.

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