Friday 29 April 2011

Z is for Zoril

I'm ending this blogging marathon with an interesting little carnivore; a kind of cross between a weasel and a skunk, which may well be the reason most people haven't heard of it. I mean, it's not the kind of think you'd want to keep as a pet, is it, and while it may be edible, I doubt whether many have tried eating it.

It has (and I quote): "several means of avoiding predators - including the ability to emit foul-smelling secretions from its anal glands, playing dead and climbing trees. The animal is...... typically 60 centimeters long including a 20-centimeter tail. It lives for up to 13 years."

There. Don't let anyone tell you this blog isn't informative. I may even have introduced Scrabble-lovers to a useful new word (scoring 14 points, even if you don't land on any doubles or trebles).

And that's the end of my A to Z blogging challenge. Thanks to all visitors for their comments; they've made the whole exercise worthwhile and helped me keep going. I've enjoyed doing it, but am not sure that I'll do it again!


  1. Well done on completing the A to Z.

    I'd never heard of a Zoril but I shall certainly bear it in mind next time I'm playing Scrabble!

  2. I've never heard of this animal. I hope I don't bump into one...

    Congrats, Frances on completing the challenge. I have enjoyed your posts, and overall, to get to know you. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments.

    I'm also glad the challenge is over, I haven't even been able to catch up with a lot of the posts. I will as I go back to my "normal" pace of reading and posting.

    Have a lovely day!


  3. Thanks for the education and entertainment over the last month. I don't play scrabble but zoril will come in useful for when I want to insult someone without them realising it.

  4. Well done on such an entertaining, and sometimes controversial, A-Z.
    I've enjoyed it. What's next?

  5. Bravo Frances! A fine imformative ending to the A-Z.

    Please note that I am attempting to rememdy my exclamation mark abuse. I so did want to put one after that last sentence and this one. Oh this is painful!

    Anna :o]

  6. Thanks, Teresa.

    Thanks, Doris, and don't forget to put that book together.

    Keith, I think zoril would make an excellent insult!

    Lynne - thanks. I've no idea what's next. I might even do the ironing...

    Anna - I think exclamation marks are fine, provided they are used after an exclamation!* But don't let me spoil them for you. It's just my little gripe. Take no notice of me.

    *That was an exclamation (resists temptation to add another one...)

  7. Really enjoyed your A-Z posts, Frances. Thanks for introducing us to the Zoril.

  8. Thanks, Rosemary. And thanks for staying with it!