Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Celebrating the Moonrat!!!

Our very own Moonrat celebrates her second bloggaversary today. In honor of Moonie, her Mischief Minions have planned a huge celebration over at the Party Site. Go over, do some karaoke, submit a haiku or two, and win fun prizes while letting Moonrat know how much we love her.

In the meantime, I thought I'd give you some information about this elusive species.  It's hard to find reliable information on the web these days.  I did my own fact-checking and corrected the article - my notes are in red.  Sheesh.

From Gymnures and Hedgehogs: Erinaceidae - Malayan Moonrat (echinosorex Gymnura): Species Accounts


Possibly Endangered One of a Kind

Class: Animals with Milk Coffee Glands (Mammalia)
Subclass: True Mammals (Eutheria)
Order: Insect Eaters (Insectivora)
Family: AErinaceidea.

Location: Southeast Asia. New York City

Habitat: Moist forests, mangrove swamps, and wet farmlands are the typical habitats of Malayan moonrats. Scientists believe the animals spend at least part of their time in the water.Publishing offices, and anywhere they can access their booklists at

Diet: An animal of the night, Malayan moonrats eat worms, insects, crabs, and other invertebrates found in moist areas. They will also eat fruit, and occasionally frogs or fish. (This all seemed quite accurate.)

Behavior and reproduction: When they are not looking for food at night, Malayan moonrats rest in hiding places among tree roots, inside hollow logs, or in other tight spaces. Adults live alone. with slush piles and indie music.   They release strong odors to mark the edges of their territories and warn other moonrats crazy people (see below) to stay away with threatening hisses. deprecating blog posts.   They also release odors to ward off predators  crazy people (see below.)

When they are preparing to have young, they will make nests mostly from leaves. the pages of rejected manuscripts.  Females usually have two babies at a time, either once or twice a year.  Babies may resemble the mother moonrat or may resemble square volumes of printed words, called "books."

Scientists know little more about moonrat adults or young. (Scientists are such idiots.  They only need to fund a study and then spend time observing Momrat and Dadrat in their natural habitats.  Why am I the only person to have thought of this?)

Malayan moonrats and people: Generally speaking, Malayan moonrats leave people alone, and people leave them alone people, particularly crazy ones, flock to their offices demanding information about a submitted manuscript that consisted of the word "sasquatch" written over and over again in a green crayon.    One can understand why moonrats prefer their anonymity.

Conservation status: Malayan moonrats are not threatened except by the onslaught of millions of adoring fans.

Now head over and spread some Moonie Love of your own!!!


  1. LMAO! That's brilliant! I inadvertantly posted about Moonie this morning, having of course, entirely forgotten about the Moonrat blogfest on MoonieLove - so... maybe it wasn't inadvertant, maybe it was synchronous!
    Yay, Moonie, Yay, Obama!

  2. Oh Aerin! You kill me! This is awesome!!!!



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