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What’s the difference between a forest and a wood?

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Forest.

I’ve never been to a forest. I’ve been to woods, fields, and parks but not an actual forest. At least no that I am aware of.

Is there even any difference between a woods and a forest? To google!

OK so I found this on sciencing.com.

A wood is an area covered in trees, larger than a grove or a copse. A forest is also an area covered in trees, but it is larger than a wood.

That’s really helpful. Thanks for that sciencing.com. Now I’m just wondering if what I’ve been to is actually a wood, and not a grove or a copse. How are they different from each other? What’s a copse? I’ve never even heard that word before.

OK more reading.

Woods and forests have no clear delineation in scientific terms, although they are widely considered to be slightly different.

Damn you science. How could you desert me at a time like this? That is not even remotely helpful.

They are different, but only slightly different, but we’re not really sure what they are or how they are different. I think someone needs a good talking to and told to make up their mind.

Both are expanses of land covered in trees and inhabited by animals, but woods are smaller and their canopy cover significantly less dense than those of forests.

I don’t think we are going to get a better answer than that.

“A wood is a baby forest that is still growing and hasn’t had all of its canopy come in yet.”

That is now the new definition and distinction between the two. No one bring up jungles OK? Lets not go down that rabbit hole.

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Talking Pet (Writing Prompt #47 answer)

Writing Prompt #47 is called Talking to your pet and it asks if you could talk to your pet, would you rather talk to them in your language or theirs? Continue reading Talking Pet (Writing Prompt #47 answer)

Writing Prompt #47 – Would you rather… Talking to your pet

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Writing Prompt #25 – Zoos

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Writing Prompt #24 – What animal would you be?

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Writing Prompt #23 – What kind of pet?

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Writing Prompt #22 – Number of pets

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Writing Prompt #21 – First pet

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Writing Prompt #58 – Cat sized elephant or elephant sized cat

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Just how dangerous is a cat bite? Bad news cat owners

Earlier on when I was surfing through the Daily Mail website I came across an article titled:

“Being bitten by your CAT is much more dangerous than you think: A feline’s fangs inject bacteria deep under the skin and can even cause sepsis”

At first I thought it might be a bit of a bombastic headline, it’s a newspaper after all, they love big flashy headlines to grab your attention (although I suppose that applies to blogs as well), and it’s the Daily Mail who have a bit of a reputation for going over the top and fearmongering. Still as a cat owner I thought it was important to take a read, my cat is very playful and does go to bite a lot, she also loves chewing and gnawing on things.

The information in the article is quite terrifying. Apparently because cat’s have pointed sharp teeth that are perfect for small piercing bites that draw blood mixed with the bacteria that they (and all other animals) have in their mouths there is a high risk of getting infection.

Clean it out thoroughly, go to a doctor, get a tetanus jab and some antibiotics and normally you are alright.

Not always however as happened to the person in the article (and about 14 per cent of cases) as it can lead to cellulitis, which the article says is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of skin and underlying tissue which most people recover from with antibiotics but if you are unlucky can turn serve and life-threatening.

I am one such person unlucky enough to actually have suffered from severe cellulitis many years ago which put me into hospital for about a week, I do not want to repeat that. It was not pleasant. It didn’t help that it was at Christmas either although I didn’t get it because of a cat bite.

It can also lead to fingers having to be removed or losing movement in fingers. Again neither of which are very pleasant.

The danger is that because the wound caused by cat bites are normally quite small and draw very little blood most people don’t think that there is a danger or risk and so ignore it. To which I can safely say that I will never ignore any cat bite in the future, I don’t want to run the risk of infections or losing fingers. I might also stay away from my cat for a bit, I think she is looking at me funny.

Go check out the article yourself and pass it along to any cat owners and lovers you know. It might just help them.