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  1. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Tapirs ?
     
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  3. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps even tapers candles???

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  5. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Tummo (Tibetan)

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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Anosmic - no sense of smell

    QI Series 4 Episode 11 Domesticity

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  8. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    They can be dangerous.
     
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    I would think so.
     
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    From what I read tapir mothers can be unpredictable and aggressive when looking after their babies. You have to be careful around any wild animal, in the wild or in captivity, because when they loose their fear of humans they can do a human serious, if not fatal, damage. I am surprised the zoo let a two year old girl near a mother tapir with her babies. I hope something like that never happens again.
     
  12. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I found it interesting in the article that deer and zebras are two of the most dangerous animals when kept in captivity. I would think carnivores like bears or lions would be more dangerous in captivity than deer or zebras.
     
  13. wegs She knew how to fly all along... Valued Senior Member

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    Gadabout

    A person who moves about aimlessly or travels from one place to another, often.
     
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    Folderol

    As in: All that fuss and folderol.
     
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    incoporeal hereditament
    An intangible right attached to property (easement).
     
  16. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    adverse possession,
    The occupation of land to which another person has title with the intention of possessing it as one's own.
     
  17. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 69 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Pontificate - from Latin pontifex - bridge builder or pope

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  18. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Ironically, pontificating is often the opposite of bridge-building. More like Trumpificating.
     
  19. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    while people think they are cute & majestic, their hooves have hard fairly sharp edges and with the massive speed & around 150 to 250 kilos of weight they can deliver, the hoof can cut straight to the bone of a human, break fingers toes & arms.
    a charge and direct hit with antlers from a buck will be almost guaranteed fatal if hitting the head of a human and break arms & legs like match sticks.

    most likely danger is they run you down as they try and escape.
    running over the top of you cutting with front hooves as they run and climb

    for children (being small) they are more likely to walk up to and stomp them with a sharp hoof cutting flesh like a knife and bursting organs
    maybe a couple of hoof stomps then crushing with their head against the ground until they feel better

    sheep are very much the same
     
  20. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I wonder why? Could it be that they are the most hunted species by predators and if they were not able to defend themselves they'd be extinct by now? Like many other species less able to defend themselves?

    Self-defense;
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    Including Nature.
     
  21. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    from what i have been told by park ranger type folk they can quietly move about inside wooded places and disappear from view within only a few meters.
    200kg 4 legged animal that can walk silently in densely wooded places.
    ive watched a video of a bear running down a deer over about 4 kilometers.
    the bear could not go as fast as the deer but it had the stamina to catch up with it once the deer had tired.
    (probably not a very wholesome family topic, but that's carnivores)
    [can't recal the source, maybe national geographic and/or one of their affiliates, found a clip of the video]
     
  22. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, nature is cruel, but fair. The bear earned his catch, unlike that guy with a cannon, who drives up to the fence and from 50 yards or less goes for the kill of a buffalo standing in a pasture, so he can mount the head on a wall plaque.
    Bah....

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  23. wegs She knew how to fly all along... Valued Senior Member

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    muggle - a person who isn't conversant with an activity or skill

    Or, if you're into Harry Potter - ''someone who isn't very magical''

    We might all be muggles, then.
     
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