Category Archives: Scary Stuff

These posts are about all types of scary stuff from crazy clowns in Nevada to rabid bats to paranormal activity.

Dog Days of Summer

Hello Dear Friends,

mountain lion, morongo basin, california
Don’t get eaten by a Mountain Lion

 

 

Madam X sends her regards. She has taken off for the summer once again! This time to work in the Congo with the ebola patients and has left us here to do the heavy lifting.

*Sigh*

We can neither write or think half as cleverly as Madam X so we are opting to entertain our loyal readers with photos and dire warnings for the rest of the summer.

We recently went hiking at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in California and found these signs very disconcerting as the area is heavily forested with trees.

Yes, you are on a boardwalk. Nonetheless, it would be quite easy for a mountain lion to snag you as as you leaned over to look in the water.

Be forewarned.

They might as well have added Mothman and Big Foot to the list. Who knows what lurks in that underbrush?

Morongo Basin, mountain lion tracks
To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Stay safe, dear friends,

Usuri Moray sitting in for Madam X

Momento Mori. Remember you will die.

Reminder about Bats and Rabies and all Furry Animals

Hello Friends,

Madam X reminds me to REMIND YOU that it is Rabies Season (if there is such a thing). Adorable baby animals are out now. Bobcats and foxes can be SO CUTE.

YES.

And deadly.

Just a head’s up but bats carry rabies.

So do bobcats.

So do those adorable little foxes.

So do coyotes.

So do just about everything except rabbits and rats which are rarely identified as having RABIES.

Just to be clear, rabies is deadly. Very few people make it out alive if they get it.

A recent story came to light (earlier in 2018) about a man in Florida who found a bat and took it home to show his son. He placed it in a 5 gallon bucket in the yard. Six year old Sonny Boy came home, found the bat, played with said bat, and then contracted rabies and died.

This is a Bat

By The original uploader was Velho at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A bat bite is usually not even seen. That is why the CDC recommends that anyone who finds a bat in their bedroom after waking needs to get the rabies shots. You might not even see or feel the bat bite.

PLEASE. PLEASE stay away from bats.

Rabid animals will appear disoriented and may come up to you out in the desert when you are hiking. They may come up in your yard.

REMEMBER – WILD ANIMALS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. EVER.

If they are coming up to you, they are probably RABID.

Get out of their way very quickly and call the Animal Control person in your area or a Fish and Wildlife worker.

Stay safe in the desert, dear friends,

Usuri Moray for Madam X

 

The Takeaway From This Story … Do Not Mess with Rattle Snakes

Hello Friends,

Madam X has requested that I remind all of our kind and gentle readers to not mess with rattle snakes. No. Never. Not even if you think you are doing them a favor.

A story out of Oklahoma happening just this past weekend (May 2, 2018, I believe) tells of an adult man (age 57) stopping his car to move a rattlesnake out of the road and away from oncoming traffic.

Kind man!

The snake bit him on one hand and then the other. The man died soon afterward before medical attention could arrive.

His wife said to just NOT MESS WITH RATTLE SNAKES.

The man did have an underlying heart condition which may have attributed to his sudden death.

However, REALLY.  Just NEVER NEVER pick up a rattlesnake unless you are some kind of certified snake handler, the dog catcher, fish and wildlife guru, or a member of that religious group in North Carolina that routinely handles snakes (and routinely gets bit, too, I might add).

And Madam X would like to remind all desert dwellers out there if you are bit by the dreaded Mojave Green rattler, that you only have 30 minutes to make it to the nearest hospital for the anti-venom. That is how venomous the Mojave Green is!

IF the hospitals even carry the anti-venom. 

Mojave Green

Photo By Todd Huffman from Phoenix, AZ (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Anyway, that is today’s thought for the day.

 

Be smart and stay safe, Gentle Reader,

Usuri Moray for Madam X