The velociraptor: here’s one they made earlier…

Threwout the earlier part of rabit’s amazin blogue, there was reference to his velociraptor, a strange creature, half bicycle and half rhinocerous, produced by the wonderful little Cambridge firm of Airnimal. I have now discoveried, by a curious quirk of Googlie, that there is a velociraptor of a different kind that is a wonder to behold. I still cannot figure out the point of it, but Toad’s philosophical observation re. Hume comes readily to mind. What would he have made of it? A hatstand?

This is apparently a bona-fido academic articule from the University of Toronto. The mind bogglies.

Abstract.—Raptor attacks in the wild can be difficult to obser ve and impossible to manipulate in a repeatable manner. We have developed a bicycle-driven model raptor (‘‘Veloci-Raptor’’) to test prey responses to raptor attacks. Previous researchers have used wind-up toy birds or gravity-driven model raptors, which typically have low maximum velocities and often require cumbersome equipment. Our method’s combination of portability, flexibility, and high maximum speed (19.4 m/s) make it superior to previous methods in many field situations.

Read the full article:

Or indeed, don’t. But whatever happens, remember it’s International Velociraptor Awareness Day and keep safe now. You never know where they are lurking.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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