A healthy mix of philosophical awe and ridiculous humor~This blog contains the following (Click each for the link!):
James, 23, Oklahoma, Medical Technologist in Chemistry (ASCP), Part-Time Panda
Raccoon dogs look very similar to raccoons but have no genetic similarities between them. They belong to belong to the Canidae family, which are known to have distinct dog and wolf like characteristics and appearance. These animals are both carnivorous and omnivorous mammals.
They are monogamous and will mate for life. It is only if the mate dies or is killed, will the other search for a new mate. Two mates will hibernate in one den. During this period they will maintain close body contact to keep each other warm and will groom each other as well. This is a trait not practiced by canines, as dogs neither hibernate and nor are they monogamous in nature.
aka tanuki, as in from Morenatsu!!
I am so very excited to share this story with you as it was one of those rare treats in life where I realize how lucky I was to witness this animal in the wild.
This is a male pinocchio anole, Anolis proboscis. Until recently it was thought to be extinct until some people found it near the small town of Mindo, Ecuador. While we were in the rainforest near Mindo, we decided to look for it just for shits and giggles. We did not expect to find it. One, it’s one of the rarest lizards in the world, and two, it hangs out in the top of the canopy. We were just poking around in a yard type area near a road when my herpetologist friend, Leah, started screaming “I found one!!”. He was just sitting there near the side of a road in a bush. Just right there within reach, an animal thought to be completely wiped off the planet! We had a little photo shoot with the rare animal then returned him to the leaf he was lazily resting on. It was quite an experience. After returning to camp, one of the biologists contacted her friend who wrote the book “Reptiles of Mindo” and he told her we were of only a few hundred people in the world who have encountered this animal! What a treat!
leopard seals are basically big vicious water cats
dumbfounded a murder of crows isn’t on here.
my english told me that a group of unicorns is called a blessing and thats the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard
Why isn’t a grumble of pugs on this
THIS IS THE BEST ADVERT EVER. YOU WILL CRY SO MUCH (x)
In short, leave those bunnies alone! Same thing with baby deer. However, baby birds can safely be put back in their nests—or if you can’t reach the nest, securely zip-tie (or otherwise fasten without nails so you don’t hurt the tree) an empty plastic butter container (like the small Country Crock ones) with some nesting material in it as high as you can to the tree the nest is in and put the baby in there. Often the parents will visit both nests.
If you do find baby animals where you know the mother/parents are dead/not coming back/have abandoned the baby, PLEASE take the babies to the nearest wildlife rehab center. This includes squirrels, raccoons, etc. as well as the above. Yes, I know there are stories of “I raised these baby squirrels and they turned out just fine! They even come and visit me!” However, most people don’t manage to care for the wild critters well enough and the animals end up malnourished, sick, or dead. (Fun fact: did you know baby rabbits eat their mother’s droppings to get necessary bacterial components to build their immune systems?)
A wildlife rehab is simply a better place with more resources and training, and additionally they focus on minimizing human contact enough that the animals that can be released back into the wild will be less likely to equate humans with “source of food”, which never goes well for the animal.
Same with foxes! Unless you know for certain that the mother is dead then leave them alone. Every year large numbers of cubs are taken from the wild when they shouldn’t have been. The vixen does not stay with the cubs during most of the day and its normal to see cubs wondering about alone! The vixen will usually be resting up somewhere nearby, so unless the cubs appear to be starving/dehydrated then they are probably fine!
Also remember that foxes often live in family groups and it’s not uncommon for the main vixen’s daughter/sister to step in and care for the cubs if anything should happen to her. Once the cubs are past the weaning stage they can survive without the mother so long as the father is around to bring them food. It’s also recommended in such situations that food is left at the den daily to help out. This is a much better situation for the cubs then taking them out of the wild.
Sadly the vast majority of cubs that have been rehabilitated in captivity die within the first few days/weeks of release. Cubs have a much higher chance of survival if they grow up in the wild where they belong.
Surprising Scientific Facts
1. There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body – laid end to end they would circle the earth 2.5 times
2. At over 2000 kilometers long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth
3. The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years
4. A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons
5. A typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent of 8,000 one megaton bombs
6. Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide
7. The highest speed ever achieved on a bicycle is 166.94 mph, by Fred Rompelberg
8. We can produce laser light a million times brighter than sunshine
9. 65% of those with autism are left handed
10. The combined length of the roots of a Finnish pine tree is over 30 miles
11. The oceans contain enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet
12. The interstellar gas cloud Sagittarius B contains a billion, billion, billion liters of alcohol [JFrater is planning to move there in the near future]
13. Polar Bears can run at 25 miles an hour and jump over 6 feet in the air
14. 60-65 million years ago dolphins and humans shared a common ancestor
15. Polar Bears are nearly undetectable by infrared cameras, due to their transparent fur
16. The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life
17. A single rye plant can spread up to 400 miles of roots underground
18. The temperature on the surface of Mercury exceeds 430 degrees C during the day, and, at night, plummets to minus 180 degrees centigrade
19. The evaporation from a large oak or beech tree is from ten to twenty-five gallons in twenty-four hours
20. Butterflies taste with their hind feet, and their taste sensation works on touch – this allows them to determine whether a leaf is edible.
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals in their shelters.
It takes less than a minute (only about 15 seconds actually) to go to their site and click on the purple box titled, ‘Click Here to Give - it’s FREE!’. Every click gives about .6 bowls of food to sheltered dogs. You can also click daily!
Keep in mind that this does not cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. [via.]
Go to the website here.
doesn’t cost you a cent, just a click.
not spam srsly guys these puppies make cry
i was talking to my boyfriend
and i was trying to describe a type of marine animal
but i couldn’t think of it’s name
so i said ‘sea pancake’
manta ray is the word i was looking for.
My sister has a bearded dragon and they typically eat crickets, but they’ll eat mice occasionally as well. She bought this mouse a week ago and the first day, the bearded dragon put the mouse in his mouth and the mouse squeaked so he spit it out… and he’s never tried to eat it again! Now they’re friends and the mouse sleeps on his back and head and even moved some wood chips over to where the bearded dragon sleeps so he would have a bed too! It’s so cute.
(I think I died at the cuteness of this! I’d love to give my beardie a mouse friend. He’d probably just eat it though, lol.)
When do we stop seeing the animal, and start seeing ourselves?
We are becoming aware of more examples of animal intelligence, from the language of whales to the self-awareness and empathy of the great apes. Whereas one’s emotional response to what appears to be a ponderous panda used to be thought of as folly, we are now able to appreciate a wider spectrum of animal thought and processing.
It does not mean that there is deep thought in those eyes, but it blurs the lines of where our stare stops and theirs begins.There is something. What? Who knows?
We would do well to remind ourselves not where animals are like us, but perhaps where we are like them. These photos do that for me.
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