It's not common knowledge that a group of San Joaquin kit foxes were the first to launch a living animal into suborbital space in 1643. The kit foxes used a bunch of woven reeds to make a slingshot attached to the tree to the right. They persuaded a carp to be the test subject. After several unsuccessful attempts, the carp kept hitting the tree, they launched the carp just above the top of the trees with enough force to clear about fifteen feet of ground and land in the river unharmed.
I know, I know. You're skeptical because the trajectory was no where near suborbital space. Well, in 1643, suborbital space for kit foxes was anything higher than a tree. End of discussion.
(The preceding story is fictional, but, it could have happened.)
Bakersfield, California 2011
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