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Bighorn sheep can be blissfully oblivious

from The Desert Sun

James Cornett: "Each April I drive to a very out-of-the-way place called Zzyzx. It's about 165 miles by car from the Coachella Valley and a few miles southwest of the tiny town of Baker. If you still don't know where it is then I'll just say it is smack in the middle of the Mojave. I go there because it is the location of the Desert Studies Center managed by Cal State Fullerton. Each year the center sponsors a symposium where scientists give presentations on their latest research. I had intended to arrive early in the morning so that I might listen to as many of the presentations as possible before it was my turn. But I was late. The narrow paved roadway to the Center was blocked. Twenty-one bighorn sheep were mingling on the road and I had to stop. There were three rams and 18 ewes. These were soon joined by five more bighorn; another four ewes and one lamb that approached my vehicle from behind. I was surprised that with so many ewes there was only one lamb." more


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