By Katie Gill
Sixteen years in a mascot head will give you such a crick in the neck!
Yes, I just made an Aladdin reference, but how better to introduce a person who puts on masks for a living? Nick has dressed up in many different personalities and donned countless names during the past 16 years, all for the amusement of others.
Living with a mascot is a unique experience. Trying to address Nick as his character(s) of the day ends up with my sounding like a frazzled parent, just cycling through the pile of names until I land on the right one.
He has been a lot characters, each with a distinct personality. It’s neurotic and annoying how much thought he puts into a character’s persona, minutiae that 99 percent of people would never notice or care about. Frankly, an existential crisis seems imminent with how often he switches personalities.
Hence, making a pun with the Three Days Grace song, “Animal I Have Become,” we compiled some fun animal facts based on the creatures Nick has been over the years.
Here’s what we came up with:
- Fox cubs’ eyes and ears open two weeks
after birth. At four weeks, the cubs will emerge from their dens. The pups have short noses resembling puppies’.
- Coyotes are omnivores, eating both meat and vegetation. They will eat anything they find. Their favorite food include: rabbits, rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels, antelopes, lizards, birds, cactus fruits, flowers. They will even eat dead animal carcasses and garbage if they cannot find anything else.
- Moose are the largest of all the deer species. The males have huge antlers, which can spread 6 feet (1.8 meters) from end to end. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/moose/ Photo: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/m/features/moose-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know
- Rhinoceros horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that our fingernails and hair are made of!
- Armadillos are the only mammals whose bodies are covered with hard shell. They vary in size, ranging from 5 – 59 inches in length and 3 – 120 pounds in weight.
- There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous.
- The red-winged blackbird, a North American songbird, changes its diet with the seasons.
During the breeding season it eats mostly insects. As the babies fledge, the bird switches to eating more and more seeds, and can become a problem for farmers. During winter, the bird eats almost entirely seeds.
Until next time: stay wild, friends.