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Where Did All This Fur Come From?

Updated on November 25, 2014
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

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I was strolling out in the back yard the other day here on this mountain in Puerto Rico. I looked down upon the ground and I saw this fur lying all over the place. What could it possibly be from? It was all over; was there a cat fight? Was it rat fur? I wondered and wondered. Could there be another Chupacabra that was shedding its fur? I had already beat our mayor to the punch and killed the first Chupacabra, But could there be more? I was really baffled and I pondered on it for a day. The next day there was more of that fur. I grabbed a piece and felt it. Yep, it was fur and it even had a piece of skin hooked to it. I took a picture. Have a look for yourselves:

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I Just Had To Know

I couldn't take it any longer. I had to know where all this fur was coming from. I asked my beautiful Boricua wife, Lastheart. My question brought a grin. She took me by the hand and led me down to where I was finding all the fur. I watched as she looked in my eyes and slowly turned her head and pointed her finger towards a tree in the land next to us. What, I thought? What kind of animal will come out of there I wondered? I looked at her and shrugged my shoulders.

Why was she pointing at this tree?

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The Wind Tells All

The wind suddenly blew and pieces of fur were flying all through the air.

Maggie, I mean Lastheart was laughing and I was standing in awe. "The Guano tree," she laughed. "It's the Guano tree." Now I had some confusion really happening; I always thought guano was bat turds.

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Ochroma Pyramidale

The title of this tells the scientific name of the tree.

I used the wood from one of these trees in Boy Scouts when I built my Pinewood Derby car. Yep, they don't really use pine wood for those cars. The same wood is used for canoes and boats and model airplanes.

The fur I talk of was used for pillow stuffing by Indians. I bet I could find other uses for it too.

What kind of wood is it?

Balsa wood. A very lightweight wood that is great for making boats with and other items that need to be light but durable. The fur is from the flowers and is a lot like cotton.

So, any ideas what I could use this "tree fur" for? I still think they would make great pillow or doll stuffing. Maybe fake beards or mustaches.

I must say, I am very glad that it wasn't another Chupacabra. It wore me out killing the last one.

Sometimes I wonder if I am going a bit insane; and while I mention that I may as well put a plug in for my new book: Insane Sanity in both paperback and Kindle form. Get one on Amazon and support this Frog so I can get some help to keep me sane. Link is at the right>>>>>>

Hop you all have a great day!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2012 Greg Boudonck

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Good work! Even though you are "chango" with the chupacabra.

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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Chango??? Doesnt that mean something like "Chuck Norris"?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I6N8aRp2SU

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How cool is this. There are so many cool and unusual things in nature and indigenous to certain areas. Voted very interesting and shared.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ohhhh my goodness!!! I fell in love with you because you remind me of Chuck Norris...what happened to his furry mustache and beard...and yughhh that nice "blower" hairdo takes away his "macho" appearance.

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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Laughing hard now Lastheart---

      Thank you rebecca

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I am still pretty sure it is from a chupacabra. The balsa story is just another cover up!

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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thanks Dr Mark;ll sharpen the machete and be prepared!

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      A flower that sheds fur? Very strange. We would not find this in the U.S. I'm glad to didn't have to go hunting too. God bless, Susieq42

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