Most are very familiar with the domestic creature known as the “shopping cart”, but few are aware of it’s cousin, the “wiredabeast”.  We have searched long for signs of this endangered species.

Wary and often dangerous, the subject of our study has rarely been photographed in the wild.  It can sense it’s only natural predator, the human, making it difficult to find.  We thought that natural neutral ground, the waterhole, would be a perfect place.  Our long wait paid off.

How majestic these creatures are in their natural habitat, how magnificent.

Needing groceries, I captured one for scientific studies.


Word count = 99

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29 thoughts on “Waterhole

  1. Margaret

    Clever. I enjoyed reading about your wonderful discovery – but what a shame the integrity of scientific research will by compromised by self-interest. That would never happen in the real world – would it?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure self interest never, ever interferes with the best interests of science. Thanks (if you saw a truncated version of this, I accidentally hit send before I was finished writing.)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes they are wild and hard to control, particularly the ones with the wonky wheels. Of course some of them like to ding cars just to be ornery. Thanks!


  3. nerdinthebrain

    What a spectacular find! I’ve spotted these in the wild before, but I’ve never been fortunate enough to capture even a photo. :)

    I hear the domesticated wiredebeasts have some sort of symbiotic relationship with parking lot birds. ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a difficult expedition into the great suburban outback, but I did see them in the wild.
      I have noticed that symbiotic relationship with birds. In fact, if I recall correctly I recently saw a photo of a bird family preening one, picking off the unwanted detritus that accumulates in them. ;)

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