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What wild animal would you most like to see up close?

Asked at Pet World, 711 West 23rd St. on July 7, 2011

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Photo of Quintin Williams

“Probably a tiger. They just look cool.”

Photo of Regan Agre

“Maybe a blue whale.”

Photo of Lola Agre

“A tiger or an elephant.”

Photo of Lizzy Mahoney

“A Komodo dragon. I’ve never seen one and they’re just cool.”

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 9 months ago

The furious bug bladder beast. But be sure and take a towel.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 9 months ago

I always wanted to hunt the cape buffalo. As Robert Ruarke wrote: "When he sees you, he looks at you like you owe him money -lots of money." One of the most dangerous critters out there, they regularly go out of their way to stomp folks into a mudhole for no apparent reason. I kinda admire that in a critter. People do this all the time to each other, by the way and it just gets tiresome, reading about it. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/African_Buffalo_Ngorongoro.jpg

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I mean really.... "What would I like to see less of in Lawrence? Hippies. Do you have any fashion influences? Paul Newman, motorcycles, whiskey, sailors, working class men from the 1950s and 1960s and AnchorDivision.com. Tell us a secret: I faked a seizure in second grade and had no idea I was doing it. I just couldn't remember if balloon had one “L” or two. I now know." -Cameron Birdsall, Coolest kid in Lawrence

Cameron, I would adopt you in a heartbeat. We'd wet our pants laughing!

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Now this kid has it going on!! Possibly the son I never had. http://www.lawrence.com/news/2011/jul...

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I knew there was a really good reason I love Babboy..........

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BABBOY 2 years, 9 months ago

It would be toss up between Sasha Grey or Jenna Haze.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 9 months ago

"justin bieber" - dajudge

Justin Bieber is not a wild animal. Justin Bieber is the creation of Google, which would have never been created without Al Gore inventing the INTERNET, which makes Al Gore a Geppettoish pederast, which explains the tipping point as why Tipper is divorcing him besides finding out that global warming is a fallacy.

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autie 2 years, 9 months ago

damn Bea, you really thing big foot, goat boy and a messed up horse aren't real?

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beatrice 2 years, 9 months ago

Chupacabra, Big Foot, or a Unicorn.

Or perhaps an Illegal Voter. I like the mythical creatures.

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John Hampton 2 years, 9 months ago

The West Lawrence Mountain Wildcat

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

The house of the rising sun by the animals,

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autie 2 years, 9 months ago

I started taking my own railroad spike to the Free State..just in case some one gets froggy for a cigarette..

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prospector 2 years, 9 months ago

<<<<<<<<<< The Prairie Falcon at the Free State can get wild. There was the guy with the railroad spike, that was pretty wild.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I would have liked to put Stan Roth in a pickle barrel. We were messing around with the bunsen burners one day and I almost blew his classroom up.

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autie 2 years, 9 months ago

Cedar Crested Brownback? Isn't that a species of slime mold? Or maybe in the weasel family?

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 9 months ago

In high school, Roth had a handbook that listed what had been sighted where. As we traveled on summer field trips, we would spot critters, dead or alive, and look them up in the book if we or he thought it might not be in there. Surprising the number of common things, that just hadn't yet been reported by someone considered reliable enough to be accurate. Roth of course, could report new species, so we had several to turn in.Some we collected specimens of. Most were critters pretty common. What was checked was..'this' color tarantula (or whatever).Sometimes, it was a minor species difference that you had to see up close. Some things were easy..you'd think a 5 lined skink had been about everywhere..but just not noted for the record yet. Fun stuff. I think I've still got that notebook in a box somewhere. Columns for DOR (dead on road) or LOR (live on road). Scribbly, trying to write notes in moving suburban, or at night around fire or in tent. Good times down in autieville, sleeping at the lake. Note : If you put a lot (more than a dozen, I think it was 18 or so) tarantulas in a 5 gal pickle barrel overnight...in the morning...you open it to find one tarantula...and one spare leg.

The sheer horror that must have happened in that bucket that night, I don't want to think of. "We shall dine in hell' comes to mind. I'd say I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall to watch but...no. Don't think so. Probably wouldn't have lived to see much. >8-O

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I do know what bosoms are for. Oh, yes I do. And I'm not talking about man-boobs.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

A komodo dragon would make a nice pet. What the hell is the purpose of a possom anyway? Roadkill, I guess. Once in HS, we were cruising out in the country late at night with this critter-friendly guy. Out of nowhere, the guy slams on his brakes, jumps out of the car, and dives into this bush. He came out a minute later, holding a possum by the tail. The thing was growling and trying to bite his arm. He threw it in the trunk, then we went over to this geeks house and he pulled it out of the trunk and dropped it in an open basement window.

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RugerLCP 2 years, 9 months ago

I've got a opossum that sits on my fence every night and drives my dogs crazy. I keep hitting him with a rake an knocking him off, but he's back in 5 minutes. He's been there for the last 4 nights. Now I'm just waiting for a thunderstorm so I can put the laser sight on him and blow him away with the .380 without the neighbors calling the cops on me...

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KU_Dude 2 years, 9 months ago

Bitter ex-city commission candidates.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 9 months ago

I'd like to trap & relocate the predatory Cedar Crested Brownback, an aggressive species delighting in tearing others' nests asunder.

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Rae Hudspeth 2 years, 9 months ago

Meerkats, because they are sooo amusing.

(and I'm such a goof, I named my cat Mirs to make the pun)

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 9 months ago

I find it interesting to learn who hasn't seen what. I guess times are different, and of course many have different life adventures. Perhaps it's the definition of 'up close'. How close is that? Petting it? Feeding it. Being next to a cage? Behind a 1 inch glass but touching it? I've fed giraffes, ridden an elephant, held and fed (not at same time, lol) rattlers, copperhead,pythons, boas, skunk (baby),ferrets, other birds and snakes. All the rodents or most of them, a prairie dog, giant and tiny rabbits tame and wild. Of course, the farm animals,also an eagle, owl, hawk, tarantulas, monkey, parrots, Pet crayfish, turtles small, medium and large, fish, crab, snail, lizards and salamanders, skinks, newts, wolf mixes, small exotic cats...I'm sure there's something glaring I'm missing. (Like old boyfriends, when we try to recall them, it's funny, sometimes it's the ones you nearly married that you forget most. LOL) I had no desire to touch that nasty gila monster, but I had to sit next to it during class. You get so accustomed to having handled all those things, it looses it's newness'. I just assumed that everyone had those experiences. Good to know.

Hey, someone I know got to ride his first horse last week! (Of course only allowed for the minimum time period offered..sigh) He says "He" forgot to wear jeans, and had a close encounter with a Saguaro. (ouch) Some parents would have paid attention and made sure a child was wearing jeans. (Idiot)

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Dan Henley. Oh, wait, that was yesterday. I'd still like to see him up close, and poke him with a sharp stick.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I'd rather be... I'd rather be with... I'd rather be with an animal.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I think Nancy Grace's head just exploded.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 9 months ago

"Tuesday morning on the turnpike I saw my first Kansas armadillo just east of the Bonner Springs exit. Could have been a crossbreed though, it was upside down playing opossum. Might of jumped ship from a northbound truck out of Texas too. I should of checked it for a birth certificate. " Roed

I'm not sure what I was doing, but I ran across info that armadillos have been found/spotted/dead in all 105 Kansas counties. I always thought I was special when I saw a couple dead ones on K-32. Guess not. Actually, it may have been the bear article Prospector linked the other day.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Tuesday morning on the turnpike I saw my first Kansas armadillo just east of the Bonner Springs exit. Could have been a crossbreed though, it was upside down playing opossum. Might of jumped ship from a northbound truck out of Texas too. I should of checked it for a birth certificate.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 9 months ago

A polar bear, they are awesome creatures. Or sasquatch chasing someone for beef jerky

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

In the last two weeks I've seen a squirrel, racoon and possum in my front yard. Three days ago I saw a fox across the street. And I live in the middle of Lawrence.

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somedude20 2 years, 9 months ago

a marmot or a Republican who cares about people after birth and who does not use a story about a god for the basis of his or her agenda

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 9 months ago

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Mary Darst 2 years, 9 months ago

Heck, I am watching some wild animals on HLN right now. (the protesters at the Anthony trial).

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wmathews 2 years, 9 months ago

A honey badger. He eats cobras. He just doesn't care.

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Andini 2 years, 9 months ago

Cougars on Mass...after dark.

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LadyJ 2 years, 9 months ago

A Jackalope, proof they exist http://www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm. I'm sure the cuzins have seen them around a time or two. :P

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

A Chupacabra . . . @ 400 yards

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fleeba 2 years, 9 months ago

I would love to ride a dolphin or run my fingers through the mane of a lion :)

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grammaddy 2 years, 9 months ago

It says this question was asked at Pet World on July 7 2011. That is today. Are they open already? Were they open all night?

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g_rock 2 years, 9 months ago

I adore llamas. I don't know why.

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

Bigfoot, Lockness Monster and a werewolf.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

The majestic trap-door buffalo

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 9 months ago

De-beaked prairie squid are always cool.

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tange 2 years, 9 months ago

I prefer my wild animals at a distance. Cages and restraints don't improve them.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Whoa! I see Gene got close enough to one of those lizards to smell it too, maybe it wasn't me after all! I will say, if Gene rode a tiger he's a braver man than me!

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Komodo dragon? They come from the Isle of Komodo, right? I seen one of them once, about 300 lbs. and 12 feet long. Kept tasting the air and looking at me all squinty eyed. Stunk too. Well maybe that was me, mighta soiled myself when it licked it's chops and grinned.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

I was always taught to eat what I shoot, but I will admit I aint never eat no coyote or prairie dog (prairie rat to be precise). I shot a crazy acting skunk I suspected of being rabid once, I don't think anybody would condemn me for not eating it. Well, some would but I don't pay them no nevermind anyhow.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Wild animals I like to see up close? The delicious kind. Any and all. The kind that see me as part of their food chain are best seen through cross hairs set at 14X.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Well Multi that is one video I will have to listen to later unless she wakes up on her own! Somethin' bout gettin' woke before sunrise just wrecks her sense of humor, sometimes for days. Might even get brought up months or even years later. Gotta get me a set of headphones for these early AM web surfs. (Although she says I gotta have 'em turned up so loud she can hear them anyways)

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 9 months ago

I see what you guys were doing on those so called "cast, saturate, and discharge" trips lately. Put some pants on!, the princess might find this. ($2 says Roe's gonna get so tickled he wakes the missus) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWl5p...

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Gene Wallace 2 years, 9 months ago

Wolf - Wolves Oh wait! I've done that! Also, the tiger and elephant. Sprayed one with a water hose. He loved it! Rode the other. Been up close and personal with grey whales. Not Komodos, their breath really stinks! CCG! (Cheshire Cat Grin)

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Well, I look pretty closely into the mirror every day. Otherwise, just this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ix5Hn...

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