Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Truth about the Wild Haggis

A Wild Haggis specimen, Haggis scotticus, as displayed in the Glasgow Kelvingrove gallery, next to a prepared example.

A traditional pairing with scotch is of course Haggis. Far fewer people know the truth about the the Wild Haggis, the creature which Haggis is made from. The Wild Haggis left legs are of a different length than the right, allowing it to quickly maneuver around the Scottish hills, but only in one direction. There is in fact another variety where the right legs are longer than the left, allowing travel in the opposite direction. The two varieties coexist peacefully but are unable to interbreed in the wild because in order for the male of one variety to mate with a female of the other, he must turn to face in the same direction as his intended mate, causing him to lose his balance before he can mount her.

Unfortunately over hunting has lead to a massive drop in the Wild Haggis population due to the massive popularity of eating Haggis. Research is now being done on using ultrasounds and perhaps in vitro fertilization. For more please read:

Applications of ultrasonography in the reproductive management of Dux magnus gentis venteris saginati

Wikipedia's entry on the Wild Haggis has more information about this amazing creature, which is indeed worth saving.

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