Meet Elmer. He’s a little shy, and likes staying in his comfort zone, but he’ll be your best giant friend if you give him some greens and a big hug.
The best way to a dino’s heart is through his stomach, as they say… Well, that’s not really the phrase, but I’m sure it’s just as true, especially when it comes to these long-necked sauropods. 🙂 I think the rough estimate is a solid cube- 5ft x 5ft – of vegetation in a single day to feed one of these guys.
Oh, there’s Elmer, browsing on a few of the trees that grow here in the pasture. You’d think you’d see him right away, he’s so big. But his striped pattern is surprisingly good camouflage in that grove of tall conifers.
What’s he looking at…? Oh, here comes Pete on the Kabota. He’ll be joining us here on the platform to feed Elmer. If you lean over the railing a bit and look down, see that row of big boxes kinda spaced along the wall? That’s where the big bunches of conifer branches and ferns will go. They’re in the big shed behind us, the one to the left of the stairs we came up.
And here comes Elmer. My goodness, he’s fast. It looks like he’s moving slow, but with those long legs he sure covers ground quickly! And so quiet…You’d think there’d be the big stomping footsteps you hear in Jurassic Park.
Hey there Elmer! We have a friend to see you today. 🙂
I just can’t get over how big he is! What are we, 30 feet up? 40?
It’s hard to grasp how big these guys really are until you’re right next to them. Come to think of it, that’s the way it is with most animals.
To think that Elmer is as heavy as 5 elephants. Five! And not just any elephant. 5 bull African elephants, which are about as big as it gets when it comes to land animals walking around today.
Here’s a video that helps put that into perspective…
So five of those guys is about as heavy as the average humpback whale. Yes, Elmer here is every bit as big as a whale, and he’s not even the biggest sauropod out there!
Oh, hi Pete, we have a visitor today!
There you are, friend, a nice bunch of ferns you can give Elmer. Just grab it at the end here, and make sure your fingers are in a nice, tight fist.
Elmer’s teeth are like pruning shears, so we don’t want to lose any fingers today by mistake.
I think he likes you!
A quick note: I did write a short story for this month, but I hated it. It’s bound to happen at some point. Write enough stories and there are a few real gems, some good enough, some not so bad, and a few real stinkers that really shouldn’t see the light of day. This one turned out to be one of the last category. 😛
Ah well, I hope you like Elmer’s new look! 😀
Elmer got an update! It took a while to coax him out into the limelight, but I must say I like his new look much better. He’s chunky and healthy now, based on research on herbivorous animals in general, and some more research on brachiosaurs and sauropod physiology. 🙂 He truly is about the size of a humpback whale now!
Real life has a lot of interesting things happening too. 😀 There’s lots of construction as we build a front deck so we can actually use our front door (it’s a 5 foot drop off from the door to the ground lol), and pregnancy and the kids bring their usual fun and excitement to the picture. 🙂
We discovered we’re having another little boy! He’s super active these days in his little bubble, and I feel him rolling and punching almost all the time. We’re excited to meet him, and I thought it would be fun to have a little count down. 😀
So I have a nest here with 9 eggs, one for each month.
With pregnancy, we often measure time in weeks because Baby and Mama’s bodies change so much from week to week, but I’ll stick to months here because, well, I’m posting once a month. 😀 I’m 24 weeks along now, so I get to color 6 eggs! Considering there are only 9 eggs…the clock is ticking fast!
For a little bit of perspective, Babysaurus is about the size of foot-long Subway sandwich and weighs one pound. If you saw me walking down the street I am well past the awkward “is she pregnant?” phase, and I’ve graduated to “She’s definitely pregnant.” I’m super excited for warmer weather, because then I get to wear the flowy dresses that are super comfy. Bonus that they look good no matter how big the Baby bump gets. 😀
And on the subject of babies, last time a Babysaurus hatched I took a hiatus from the Paleo Petshop. Taking time to focus entirely on recovery and Baby is very important, but this time I have plans to have posts scheduled in advance. That way you can still enjoy the Critter of the Month, and I get to have my “Babymoon”. 😀 Depending on how things work out, the posts may look a bit different than they usually do. At least they won’t have much (if any) of a progress section. But we’ll see. It all depends on how much I can get done ahead of time!
Coming Next Week…
I hope you don’t mind getting wet, because this swimming critter loves to splash! 🙂