Thursday, 27 March 2014

300 Random Animal Facts



  • Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
  • A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.
  • Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
  • A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kills a year.
  • The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Family's Toy Poodle Stolen

Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help locating a toy poodle that was stolen from a Mission Hills family during a home burglary.

The burglary happened in the daytime on March 5 at the family's house on Pinney Street. The suspect took off with the Molina family's beloved 6-year-old poodle, "Tequila."

For 15-year-old Leilani Molina, coming home to find her house burglarized was scary enough, but trying to find her dog proved heartbreaking.

"I went looking around to see if she was hiding, but when I found out that she wasn't hiding, I got really depressed and I started crying," she said. "I tried to get over it, but I can't. I still can't."

Monday, 24 March 2014

Animal's Camouflage - Brain Pop

Brain Pop video on camouflage: http://www.brainpopjr.com/science/animals/camouflage/

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Animal (Fourth Saturday of March) - Deer

Deer
Questions
  1. Are a deer's eyes always brown? Yes!
  2. Is a deer a sea or land born animal? Land, of course!
  3. Are deer mammals? Yes, they are  ruminant mammals.
  4. Can deer mothers have twins? Yup. ;)
  5. Do you like this animal? Please comment or rate on the poll to the side of this post!

Fun Facts
  • Male deer grow new antlers each year.
  • Deer take their first steps within half an hour of their birth.
  • They can jump high and swim well.
  • During the mating season male deer will often use their antlers to fight for the attention of female deer.
  • Deer are part of the Cervidae family that include moose, reindeer, elk and other species.

Pictures







A Special Surprise
The special surprise is..........

White-tailed deer article: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com
Excerpt from article: In the wild, white-tails, particularly the young, are preyed upon by bobcats, mountain lions, and coyotes. They use speed and agility to outrun predators, sprinting up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour and leaping as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and as far as 30 feet (9 meters) in a single bound.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Animal Spotlight: Happy Animal - the Quokka

Quokka - nicknamed "the happiest animal in the world" because of its friendly nature and smiling face...
Wikipedia description: The quokka (Setonix brachyurus), the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, in particular on Rottnest Island just off Perth and Bald Island near Albany.

A-Z Animal Fact: The Quokka creates tunnels that they use as runways through the dense vegetation, which they are then able to hop extremely fast along when threatened by a predator.

from Animal Fact Guide: The island of Rottnest near Perth, Australia is the primary home of the quokka, a type of marsupial. Standing at about one meter (3 ft.) tall, quokkas are covered with short, coarse brown-grey fur. They have small rounded ears and a black nose. 

(See more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quokka)
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

How Dangerous Can Domestic Cats Really Be?


In his call to emergency services, the man said the cat had a history of violence

A pet cat with a "history of violence" attacked a baby before trapping a family and dog in a room. How much of a threat are house-trained felines to the human population?

Lux, a 10kg (22lbs) black-and-white Himalayan, scratched a seven-month-old baby in the face, according to police in Portland, Oregon, USA. When the child's father Lee Palmer struck the four-year-old animal on the rear in retaliation, it began charging at the family, forcing them to take refuge in their bedroom. "He's very, very, very, very hostile," Palmer told an operator in a panicked 911 call, during which Lux could be heard screeching in the background. Palmer added that his pet had a "history of violence". (...)

Continue reading: link

Balding Penguin Gets Custom Wetsuit

A custom-crafted wetsuit may have helped Pierre the African penguin, seen here, recover from a bout of baldness.

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences commissioned the gear after Pierre began shedding his insulating, waterproof feathers, leaving him with an embarrassingly exposed behind.

Unwilling to plunge into the academy's penguin tank, Pierre ended up shivering on the sidelines while his 19 peers played in the water.


"He was cold; he would shake," said Pam Schaller, a senior aquatic biologist at the academy.

When a heat lamp failed to help, Schaller turned to Oceanic Worldwide, a supplier of dive gear based in San Leandro, California.

"We were really excited to do it," said Teo Tertel, company marketing specialist. "We heard most of these penguins only live to 20, and our little buddy there was already 25. Anything we could do to help them, we were all for it."

5 Bald Eagle Fun Facts



  • Bald eagles can soar over 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) high, with eyesight that lets them see fish up to a mile (1.6 kilometers) away. When attacking, they drop down at up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) an hour! Then they glide just above the water, snag a fish with their feet, and fly off to eat it.
  • The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States.
  • These regal-looking birds aren't really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow.
  • They can live a long time, with a longevity record of 28 years in the wild and 36 years in captivity.
  • Bald eagles' favorite food is fish, but they will also eat other birds, ducks, muskrats and sometimes turtles.
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Thanks to Kid's National Geographic, Science Kids.co.nz, and Living Science.com for these facts.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Giant Jellyfish Invasion

Are aliens attacking the Sea of Japan? Not exactly. But these gigantic blobs are unwelcome visitors from another place. Called Nomura's jellyfish, the wiggly, pinkish giants can weigh up to 450 pounds (204 kilograms)—as heavy as a male lion—and they're swarming by the millions.

The supersize sea creatures—normally found off the coasts of China and North and South Korea—occasionally drift east into the Sea of Japan to feed on tiny organisms called plankton. But now one hundred times the usual number of jellyfish are invading Japanese waters. And local fishermen are feeling as if they are under siege.

The fishermen's nets are getting weighted down, or even broken, by hundreds of jellyfish. The jellies crush, slime, and poison valuable fish in the nets, such as the tuna and salmon that the fishermen rely on to make a living.

Educational Game - Animal Jam

Play here: http://www.animaljam.com

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Animal of the third week of March - Dolphin

For this week I choose dolphin!
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Dolphin
Questions

  1. Are dolphins mammals, or fish? Mammals, not fish!
  2. What colors can a dolphin be? Many colors - gray, pink, blue, black, and white!
  3. Can dolphins be on land? Nope, sorry. Want more info? Click here.
  4. Can/do I say  'I like dolphins'? Yes. ;)
  5. Do you like this animal? Please comment or rate on the poll to the side of this post!

Fun Facts
  • Compared to other animals, dolphins are believed to be very intelligent.
  • Dolphins have excellent eyesight and hearing as well as the ability to use echolocation for finding the exact location of objects.
  • Female dolphins are called cows, males are called bulls and young dolphins are called calves.
  • Here is a cool fact; killer whales are actually a member of the dolphin family!
  • Dolphins hardly ever sleep.
Pictures







A Special Surprise
The special surprise is a link to a dolphin website!

Dolphin's World - http://www.dolphins-world.com/

Picture of the Day (March 15, 2014)

Elephant eating.
elephant eating

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

National Geographic Selective Animal Videos - Part 5


Thank you to the National Geographic YouTube channel  for these videos!
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Scimitar-Horned Oryx Making a Comeback















Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDzdbJRvWoo
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Can You Really Train Your Cat?
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Epic Slow-Mo Predators















Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioMjiGnznbk




Five Flamingo Fun Facts



  • A series of hairlike “combs” inside the flamingo’s beak act as a filter to separate food from muddy water.
  • Flamingo young are born white, with soft, downy feathers and a straight bill. The bill gradually curves downward as the flamingo matures.
  • There are five species (types) of flamingos. The most common type is the lesser flamingo, found mainly in eastern and southern Africa and India. The rarest flamingos are the Andean and James’ flamingos, which reside near highland lakes of the Andes Mountains in South America.
  • The American scarlet flamingo, or Phoenicopterus ruber, is becoming increasingly rare. It lives in the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and along the coasts of Central and South America.
  • Adult flamingos stand between three and six and a half feet (0.9 to 2 meters) tall.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Animal of the second week of March - Horse

Horses
Note: Instead of doing all the animals that won the poll this week, I just chose one and will continue to do it this way.

Questions
1. Can this animal come in a different colors? Yes.
2. Is this animal one of my favorites  Yes, again.
3. Can this animal come in stripes? No.... yet, zebras are of the horse family.
4. Can this animal be a pet? Yes.
5. Do you like this animal? Please comment.

Fun Facts
  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).
  • Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
  • The fact that horse's eyes are to the side of their head allow them to see nearly 360 degrees.
  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.0 

Pictures



 













Special Surprise
A gif!

Animals Making Funny Sounds & Noises
















Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdsxho2Cnog

Friday, 7 March 2014

National Geographic Selective Animal Videos - Part 4


Thank you to the National Geographic YouTube channel  for these videos!
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Bull in the Stands

Or watch straight from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YvCdK0hOdM~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Seavey vs. Seavey: Name That Dog!


Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aESPQFLCKEs~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Neon Sharks Caught on Camera

Picture of the Day (March 7, 2014)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Picture of the Day (March 6, 2014)


National Geographic Selective Animal Videos - Part 3

Thank you to the National Geographic YouTube channel  for these videos!
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Living Among Ancient Dragons















Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C20t4OJDpVA
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Hitch a Ride with Reindeer Herders














Or take the ride on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGle-SFhYig~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Paul Nicklen: Emperors of the Ice

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

National Geographic Selective Animal Videos - Part 2

Thank you to the National Geographic YouTube channel  for these videos!
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The Love Collection
Note: Sweetest animal video ever!














Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz546tewSAc
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For the Birds
Note: Again, a little abruptly & not finished...



Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-crO9Q-ndc
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Polar Bear vs. Ring Seal


Or watch the game of cat and mouse on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h-LBUk2Hgs

National Geographic Selective Animal Videos

Thank you to the National Geographic YouTube channel  for these videos!
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Camera Traps "Capture" Elusive Tigers

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Social Sharks: "First" Video Evidence















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Dog Tired
Note: ends abruptly, not really finished.....














Or watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9okrzn4wKN8

5 Chipmunk Fun Facts


  • One chipmunk can gather up to 165 acorns in a day. In just two days, a chipmunk can collect enough food to last an entire winter, although chipmunks typically hoard much more food than necessary.
  • The scientific name of the eastern American chipmunk is Tamias striatus.
  • The chipmunk “chirps” when it senses a threat. 
  • Wild chipmunks live for two to five years, or longer in rare cases. Chipmunks in captivity can live eight years or more.
  • The chipmunk’s den contains at least two rooms, or chambers. One chamber houses a cozy leaf-lined nest; the other, a storage pantry for the chipmunk’s favorite foods, including nuts, seeds, and grains.

Awww-some Animal Photos




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More awesome pictures at Kid's National Geographic !

Stunning Birds’-eye Video of Dolphin Superpod

The captain of a whale-watching boat who's also a filmmaker sent a drone with a camera into the sky to capture a stunning event: thousands of common dolphins in a super- or megapod speeding through the waters off California, destination unknown.

How Calico Cats Could Help Cure Obesity

Calico cats, with their funky mix of orange, black and white fur, could one day help humans to lose weight.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Dolphin Bites 9-year-old Girl

SeaWorld is facing more scrutiny after a dolphin at one of its parks bit a nine-year-old girl earlier this month.

CHomp: THe dolphin latched on to the nine-year-old girl's hand strongly enough to require park staff to force it to release her
Ouch!

`It has more than 100 incidents of animal aggression at is multiple parks on record. The unidentified girl sustained bite marks and swelling to her hand`, PETA told ABC.

SeaWorld claims it is looking into the incident and cooperating with USDA investigators.

Swan Population Saved From Eradication

NY MUTE SWAN POPULATION SAVED FROM ERADICATION

Mute Swan

New York officials have abandoned a plan to kill more than 2,000 wild swans after a public outcry.

The plan, which received 16,000 protest letters, would have involved destroying nests, puncturing eggs and shooting or gassing swans that live on public land, according to the AP.

Officials have withdrawn the plan to eradicate the swans and are now looking at non-lethal ways to keep the population in control, CBS reported. Possible methods include sterilizing the birds and destroying their nests.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Baby Bat Yawning

Cute baby bat... yawning!

Weekly Animal

Starting next week, every week on Saturday (or another day if I cannot manage) I will post the animal of the week. 

What will this animal be? you might ask.The animal of the week will be the one that has the most poll-percent. What poll? you may ask. There is a poll, just to the right of this post, that asks, What is your favorite animal? Please participate if you would like to have a post on your fav. animal. Well, what if it's 50% - 50%? is another question you could ask. Well, then, two or more animals have to share a post!