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Re: Stegosaur display behavior (script question)



Sounds plausable enough. (considering that there was a
wild lioness that adopted antalope fawns many things
are possible) This falls under plausable. Small brain,
just lost the battle and the female, he could be
letting out his frustrations. 

--- Karen Casino <kcasino@comcast.net> wrote:

> This is the guy who's writing the script again. Does
> the following 
> scenario strike you as plausible? (I know it's not
> likely, but I don't 
> want it to be unreasonable.)
> 
> The two lead characters are traveling along the edge
> of a corridor 
> forest when one of their vehicles runs out of juice.
> These vehicles 
> have international orange pennants on fiberglass
> poles, so as to allow 
> them to keep track of each other in rough terrain.
> 
> This has happened near a small group of Stegosaurus
> stenops. The 
> largest is a female, who is ignoring the other two
> while eating 
> (feathery-foliaged) cycad fruits. The other two are
> males in full rut. 
> Due to the season, their shields are brightly
> colored. They are 
> circling each other, head to tail, pausing to shake
> their tails at each 
> other. After a little while, the smaller, less
> brightly colored male 
> backs down, allowing the other to begin courting the
> female.
> 
> As the smaller male wanders off, he spots the
> pennants on the vehicles, 
> and interprets them -- tall, triangular, brightly
> colored -- as a 
> challenge. As the lead characters get out of the
> way, he approaches the 
> stalled vehicle, and begins to circle it.
> Eventually, frustrated by an 
> opponent that is both smaller and duller than he is
> but who still 
> refuses to give way or engage in a display contest,
> he swings his tail 
> at the vehicle.
> 
> Thanks in advance for any opinions.
> 
> Yours,
> 
> Sean Craven
> 
> 


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