The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.
Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.
There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.
Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.
Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls.
Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham
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WHY WAS THIS DELETED
THIS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
WHY THE FLYING FUCK WOULD YOU DELETE THIS
they also deleted Dudley saying that Harry isn’t a waste of space.
because they thought a creepy-ass scene where harry does up ginny’s dress was more worth the screentime
I’m not even a gamer but I would play this so hard.
and you would get sorted an junk and it would be great
Isn’t this secretly what we all wanted Pottermore to be?
Okay so my mind started rolling with this and omfg okay just hear me out
So like it starts of sort of like Sims and Skyrim, okay. You get your owl and you go do your shopping for stuff for Hogwarts, but you don’t get to see your character just yet. When you get to Hogwarts and your sorting ceremony, you get to customise how they look and what sort of traits they have. After you customise all that, you get sorted via a quiz (sort of like Pottermore) and it rolls with that and you get sorted.
Through the game, you get to study magic (obvious) and you have adventures and stuff where you have to make decisions. These decisions later decide what your Patronus and Animagus will be, as well as what your fear is for you Boggart (though this could also possibly be decided on when you’re making your character idk whatever).
So during the summer holidays, you have adventures in the Muggle world (depending on what your blood status is, which could be decided randomly) if you’re Muggle-born. If you’re Pure-Blooded, you have adventures in the wizarding world. If you’re Half-Blooded, you can do both. But here’s the thing, if you spend more time in the Muggle world, you get more information on going on’s in the Muggle world, and same goes for the Wizarding world if you spend more time in the Wizarding world. And after a period of time, like maybe in your fourth year?, you can get papers and news from whichever world you’re not in most often. And your knowledge of the events of the world, both Wizarding and Muggle alike, can factor into the gameplay somehow.
And then in your Fifth and Seventh years, you have your O.W.L.s and your N.E.W.T.s, and these factor into what career choices you’ll have later on as well. So like if you score high in Herbology and Potions, you’d have career options like Healer, Herbologist, and Potion Master.
AND THEN THE WORLD BECOMES YOURS. YOU CAN CONTINUE RELATIONSHIPS YOU HAD IN HOGWARTS AFTERWARDS, OR YOU CAN MEET NEW PEOPLE, OR WHATEVER. AND THEN IT JUST BECOMES THIS HUGE SANDBOX OF FUN AND WONDERMENT.
FUCKIN DO IT BETHESDA
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Buffy Meme- (4/5) Characters » Daniel ‘Oz’ Osbourne
"I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me and she becomes me. I cease to exist. Huh. No one else exists either. Buffy is all of us. We think. Therefore she is."
Motherfucking lionfish (Pterois miles/Pterois volitans), aw no.
Okay, so it turns out that these guys are fine if they’re where they’re supposed to be (like basically anywhere between the Red Sea and the Pacific), but then they morph into aqua-satan the second they hit the Atlantic.
They’re just awful. They go everywhere (shallow water, super-deep water, fresh water), they eat everything (up to 60% of their own body-size in one go and they display no real satiety response), and they reproduce like mad (30,000 eggs per fuck-session, in two handy predator-repellent cases).
Lionfish in the Atlantic and Caribbean habitually get almost twice as big as they do on their home turf (half a meter versus topping out at 30 cm), and they get bigger faster. They do this mostly by hoovering up all available animal biomass. Predators won’t eat them, because they’ve got venomous spines along their backs and bellies. And also because they just project a sort of impenetrable dickishness-field, where even naive predators can tell they don’t want to fuck with that.
Like, they did one study where they had a bunch of oversized native predators that had been denied food for a few days, and they tossed a juvenile lionfish in with them, and the tiny little lionfish basically swanned around the tank like “Can’t be tamed” while the huge grouper got out of its way.
Cannibalism is frequent in captivity but unobserved in the wild. Left to their own devices, even other lionfish won’t fuck with each other.
Fortunately, we’ve got two things going in our favor.
The first is that they taste great. The second is that, thanks to that aforementioned king-of-the-ocean mentality, they’ll basically sit there and just let you net them because they can’t conceive of anybody ever wanting any of that. And removing these little bastards from the invaded ecosystem does seem to produce a startling and immediate rebound effect.
So for once, the human quest to eat something into local extinction isn’t completely horrible! Go us!
I got a chance to observe invasive lionfish up close when I went on a study tour to Belize two years ago. Our group went spear-fishing for them- I ended up opting out of the actual spearing cause I’m a big ol’ softie, but man, they do make some delicious lil fish nuggets when cooked.
One member of our group did get stung (by a dead lionfish, through her dive bag!) and after about two hours of excruciating pain she returned and devoured that lionfish with savage gusto.
I’m not sure if this is still going on, but I do know that at one point there was a push to try and train local shark populations to prey on lionfish since they aren’t affected by their venom.
It’s not still going on. Turns out it was a super-bad idea to train sharks (and barracuda, and morays…) to, uh, associate divers with free food.
And they started seeing a big uptick in local predators who did finally accept them as prey items running around with big lionfish spines sticking out of their faces, so they pretty much just said “Fuck it.”