Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Season Pictures! #1

Well, it is that time of the year. We will all be inundated my Holiday this and Holiday that. So, here is mine! It is a very simple picture, yet, it is somewhat funny. I doubt the dog put the hat on himself!   

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Blobfish

First of all I would like to apologize for not posting in so long. I have been incredibly busy. 

The Blobfish


Let me express your reaction for you:  WHAT is that?  Of course you don't know, because the blobfish is one of the most rare animals inhabiting our globe, and the chances of you seeing one in person are about as likely as you catching a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster.

The blobfish, looking quite blobular indeed and nonetheless sounding as if a two-year old named it, is currently in danger of extinction due to deep sea fishing off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania.  It inhabits waters where the pressure is so high that a normal "gas bladder" would imbalance its buoyancy.  The blobfish, whose skin consists of mainly gelatinous matter, doesn't have much muscle, but it doesn't need it either.  It just consumes whatever food floats by it near the ocean floor.  Talk about laziness.

Admittedly, I cannot convince you that the blobfish possesses some redeeming qualities that make it "cute" (Yes, I'm sure I convinced most of you that skunks are, in fact, cute).  When I first stumbled upon this animal, I was sure it was fake- a replica of some alien or even a made-up inspiration for Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars.
  
See the resemblance? For me, the blobfish's peculiar nature mostly stems from how little people know about it.  The lack of scientific information about the fish is probably due to its extremely rare sightings, but what other animal literally resembles a shapeless mass the color of a brain? Cool- life as a blob.  I'm captivated, as I'm sure most other lazy college students are.  Perhaps the blobfish lives a lackadaisical lifestyle that many of us would envy, or maybe the blobfish is just another funny looking animal that happens to remind us of Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars.  No matter which way you view the blobfish, this particularly peculiar animal deserves distinction for its somewhat appalling brain-like appearance, lazy living habits, and aura of mystery.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Hairy-Nosed Wombat



Unfortunately, this marsupial does not come in three delicious varieties of chocolate, but it's still cool because it's one of the rarest mammals to still be walking the earth! That being said, and sorry to disappoint, the hairy-nosed wombat is highly endangered. It has two different species, the Northern and Southern, and the Northern species is far more endangered. The Southern hairy-nosed wombat is the state animal of South Australia. The species has been having trouble surviving the dry seasons there, because their young often can't survive so it's harder for the population to grow. This species, distinguished from regular wombats because of the fine soft hairs coating its nose, is nocturnal and spends its days in burrows. However, it is the most social of all the wombat species. In the wild, hairy-nosed wombats live for about five years and survive on vegetation for food. The hairs on their noses allow them to closely pick at plants- they have very low metabolisms, and so don't need a lot of water to survive.




 

Okay, so I obviously have a bit of a tendency to favor the cute baby animals.. but the baby hairy-nosed wombats are simply irresistible! I love their furry cuddle-ability combined with their repulsive yet adorable piggy snout. It truly is heartbreaking to me that so many of these unique animals are endangered mainly due to human influences. People are taking up their habitats, which were scarce in the first place. In the case of Australia, these animals have specifically adapted to life in the desert, and when people start to take away some of their habitats, they start to feel the impact almost immediately! I want to take action to save these Australian marsupials, the bilby included! The Northern hairy-nosed wombat is critically endangered due to human interference as well-- the animal's population is slowly shrinking. Maybe I should become a wildlife conservationist, or even better, a "save the marsupials" advocate! As a side note, how come people always immediately think of kangaroos when they hear the word marsupial? Kangaroos are so normal! How about bilbies or hairy-nosed wombats for a change?
 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Self-Cloning Lizard



Who needs men? Ladies don't...unless, that is, we plan on reproducing. This isn't the case for the newly discovered self-cloning lizard, who reproduces exact copies of itself as a species. The only diversity within the species takes place in the event of a mutation, which could be positive or negative. Self-reproducing lizards are not rare- many species only come in one gender and the females can ovulate and reproduce themselves. But this is the first self-cloning lizard that is sterile, kind of like the mule. There are arguments about whether or not this hybrid lizard will be advantaged or disadvantaged in the long run. So far, it hasn't seemed to have had any issues surviving as evidenced by its abundant populations in the Vietnamese forests. But sometimes, hybrid species are disadvantaged in the long run because their gene pools aren't as strong.


The discovery of this new lizard in November of 2010 is quite unscientific: scientists discovered the strange lizard being served in local Vietnamese restaurants, where it has been a specialty for many years. The lizards can be found abundantly in the local forests, so it's a wonder that they hadn't been discovered before then. Upon noticing that all of the lizards looked identical, the scientist thought it could be a type of self-reproducing lizard. Instead, he found a new species, a self-cloning lizard. How cool is that? Sounds like a phenomenon out of a science fiction movie, or even a horror movie: "The Attack of the Self-Cloning Lizards." Yes, they can take over the world! But they look pretty harmless to me...



Harmless? Yes. Tasty? Not so much. As I vowed as a child never to eat snails in France, I will also vow to never eat lizard. Or any reptile, for that matter.





Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Mandarin Duck



The Mandarin Duck is a relative of the Wood Duck, common in North America:

However, the Mandarin Duck is more endangered than our familiar American duck friend. They are not a species of endangered status, but are being watched. Fortunately, these ducks have a gross taste, so aren't hunted for food by humans. They have a few wild predators, but their endangerment results mostly from habitat loss.

These ducks are very unique as far as behavior. The male courts a female, and the pair tends to stay together from breeding season to breeding season, much like the patterns of the penguin. The Mandarin Duck males even keep watch over the babies. Because of this devotion, the Mandarin Duck is considered a symbol of love, happiness, and marital fidelity in China and Japan. And, of course, we can marvel at the beauty of the duck, especially the male, with its brilliant colors. I think it's more beautiful than our common wood duck. I wish we had wild ones here, but the closest ones are in parts of the UK.

Now, of course, what's cuter than the Mandarin Ducklings? It makes them even more precious knowing how much their parents care about them and how much effort they put into raising them. The ducklings are raised in a high tree hole to be safe from predators. But when it is time to head to the water, the ducklings have to jump out of the tree after their mom because they can't yet fly, and they land on the soft ground with a painless bounce. After that, they have a precarious mile long walk to the nearest water source. You will see why these ducklings are one of my favorite animals after watching this video, from Planet Earth (what else?):

http://dailydoseofcute.net/video/mandarin-ducklings-leaping-from-a-tree-video/

Now you can see why these peculiar ducks are one of my favorite animals, and maybe one of yours too!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Ermine





The ermine is an arctic animal much like a weasel. It populates the tundra climates of Canada, the USA, and Eurasia, and mostly hunts for its food underground (yes, this cute furry animal is a carnivore.) It has adapted very well to the unbearably cold tundra climates, often making its habitats in tree roots off of the tundra and hunting in burrows under the snow. The creature is thin and long, allowing it to burrow through the tunnels of the animals it preys on, most often favoring the lemming. Lemmings are cute and delicious furry rodents resembling domesticated hamsters and gerbils. They are herbivores and are commonly associated with "lemming suicide", a phenomenon that has been around for centuries, stating that the lemming migrations are really mass suicides in which the lemmings drown themselves or jump off of cliffs. This theory holds no truth, but shows up in a lot of media, especially from the earlier 1900s. Anyway, enough about lemmings-- the ermine has a magical coat that transforms from a summer and fall brown to a brilliant winter white to blend in better with its climate. The only part of the body that isn't white is the tip of the ermine's tail, which stays a jet black.



This nasty carnivore has a set of 34 sharp teeth, which helps it to trap and kill prey larger than itself. Ermines are, fortunately, neither threatened nor endangered. This arctic weasel is even more unique because of its extremely flexible spine, which allows it to engage in a "marten run", in which the hind feet are tucked by the front feet. The animal reaches maturity very early, which helps maintain its population in such a hostile climate.


Sorry, I had to.

How can this cute fluffy animal be a nasty and scary carnivore, preying on the innocent lemmings? I mean, apparently they also enjoy their whole grains....



Monday, September 12, 2011

The Aye-Aye





This animal's name is only the first highly peculiar thing about it.  It's a type of lemur that originates in Madagascar, and uses its long middle finger to pull grubs out of small holes in trees to forage for its food.  This middle finger is similar to the usage of a woodpecker beak, and it was adapted to give the animal an advantage in finding food for survival.  Now let's take a look at this quite peculiar creature:


Scary.  This animal sort of looks like it crawled out of my nightmares.  It's skinny, scraggly, long-nailed, long-eared, and googly-eyed.  It resembles a rabid squirrel- certainly not cute, but certainly peculiar and intriguing.


You're not the only one that might be creeped out by this nocturnal animal.  It is often killed in Madagascar because of rampant superstitions there, which has resulted in its decreased numbers in the past few decades  (What do you know- another peculiar animal that's endangered).  Because the aye-aye displays an unusual degree of fearlessness around humans, people are more scared of it.  A native group called the Sakalava believe that the animal enters houses through the roofs at night and murders its sleeping members by using its elongated skeleton-like middle finger to cut the aortic vein.  Another superstition is that the aye-aye appears right before a villager dies, and the only way to stop the death of the villager is to kill the aye-aye.  Those native villagers have a valid reason to be suspicious and afraid of the aye-aye- I would probably view it as an omen, too.

Here's a short video that shows an up-close image of the creepy skeleton finger and documents the aye-aye's process for finding food. Grubs- tasty, and nutritious!

http://www.arkive.org/aye-aye/daubentonia-madagascariensis/video-08d.html

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Alligator Gar

Though it features "alligator" in its name, this animal is not nearly as scary as the real alligator. However, it is the largest gar species alive today and is only found in the Americas. It is prehistoric-- it lived with the dinosaurs! The alligator gar is only aggressive when provoked. If you try to catch it, it will put up a fight. Alligator gar fishing is a sport of choice in many leisure fishing circles. It may look quite scary with its double row of upper sharp teeth, capability to grow up to 10 feet long, and its recorded weights of over 300 pounds. The scariest part? This fish is a brackish and saltwater fish. Imagine water skiing in the middle of a lake and upon a fall, having your leg brushed by none other than the Alligator Gar. I'd be a little scared, to say the least. You can see where this fish gets its name. It looks like an alligator in size and shape, and it also features sharp teeth and sometimes aggressive behavior.




The middle picture features a recently caught gar caught in an Oklahoma lake, supposed to weigh 327 pounds and measure to be 8 feet 10 inches tall. There are debates about whether or not this information is accurate, but nonetheless, the immensity of the fish is unbelievable. Although bigger numbers have been reported such as the ones above, the "world record" Alligator Gar was caught in 1951 in Rio Grande, Mexico, weighing 279 pounds. No one has beaten this world record since because of strict regulations on fishing, differing standards of weighing scales, and other similar factors. However, a 302 pound gar was also reported in the same area at the same time period.




Although you probably haven't awed at the cuteness factor of this slimy brethren, you've at least learned something interesting about a prehistoric creature and its current popularity with the competitive fishing crowds!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Pine Marten

First of all, what is a Marten? It's a weasel-like animal that resembles the domesticated ferret, with a longer tail. These fuzzy creatures are certainly adorable-- I was introduced to them while watching a segment of Planet Earth in my Intro to Geography class. The narrator explained that the Pine Marten, only found in taiga climates (for those less seasoned geographers, these are cold forest climates that have cool springs and summers), was hunting for some spring food while it climbed a nearby tree. I expected a screenshot of the Marten cracking open a pinecone and eating some seeds. Instead, it entered a hole in a tree and came out with a dead, limp squirrel. A carnivore? I was very surprised. Although the Marten can survive on plants, it is a hunter, and so prefers to hunt squirrels and small rodents.
The Pine Marten prefers to live in very old forests, because dead trees make great homes for them, and the forest provides plenty of food for the Martens to hunt. They are expert tree climbers, and their sharp teeth make them great hunters. The martens don't hibernate, they are active all year long, and they prefer to live by themselves. They are extremely territorial wild animals. The species is hunted and coveted for its very soft fur, but it is only endangered in some areas. In more rural areas, the Marten thrives in deciduous forests within the taiga climate. This website encourages viewers to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund in Wisconsin to help save the Pine Martens and other endangered species threatened by humans: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/eek/critter/mammal/pinemarten.htm

Logging is also a danger to the Martens since they thrive only in old forests. They need this habitat to continue to thrive as a species. I tried to find a video of the cute Marten taking advantage of an innocent squirrel, but I couldn't find any hunting videos-- the cute pictures above will have to suffice, although they might leave you with a different visual impression than the one that I initially had.


Needless to say, this ferret-like animal definitely deserves the title of unique because of its adaptations to cold climates and its hunting abilities. Not many species can be found in the taiga climate, especially species that roam year-round.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Bilby







This animal comes in 3 delicious chocolate flavors: milk, dark, and white. Sounds like Valentine’s Day- I know I want one! The chocolate bilby is the equivalent of an American Easter chocolate bunny, because the bilby is the symbol of Easter in Australia in an attempt to de-Americanize the holiday (What did the Easter Bilby bring you this year?).





The real bilby that’s not made from cacao and dairy products is a marsupial the size of a rabbit with abnormally large ears, giving the animal an acute sense of hearing to make up for what it lacks in sight. Its eyes are very bad, although it is a nocturnal animal. It inhabits arid areas of Australia, most commonly desert regions. The bilby has very strong claws and is able to burrow into the ground very quickly, which serves as a sort of defense mechanism against its main predators, which include mostly birds of prey, especially owls. The bilby also uses its claws for food, and it gets most of its water from food since water is scarce is desert climates. The bilby is mousy in appearance, with long ears, a long snout, and their personalities are commonly solitary and territorial. Unfortunately, the bilby is nearing extinction, though it used to inhabit more than 70 percent of the Australian continent. Other animals have taken over the bilby habitats, and their populations have declined also due to hunting for food and for pelts. Droughts have a heavier effect due to competition with other animals, and fire patterns have changed which have altered their habitats significantly. The bilby is a protected animal in Australia, and is most famous for its association with Easter. In case you’d like to order some chocolate bilbies for this upcoming Easter, here’s a link that allows you to do so:
http://www.easterbilby.com.au/save_bilby/chocolate.asp

save the bilbies for a delectable price of only $5.95!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Log/Dion?

Log or Dion. Which should be the name for a half dog/lion.




Love this picture, one of my favorites!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mop Dog

Quick detour back to my original theme, Funny Pets.


I think this is a funny looking pet. It looks like a used mop. OR, it has dreadlocks.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Funny Cartoon Animals- In Real Life!- Tasmanian Devil

In my third piece of the series, I will be looking at The Tasmanian Devil, often referred to as Taz, and the REAL LIFE  Tasmanian Devil.
 
              Taz, is an animated cartoon character featured in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons. Taz is generally portrayed as a dim-witted teenager-type with a notoriously short temper and little patience. He will eat anything and everything, with an appetite that seems to know no bounds. He is best known for his speech consisting mostly of grunts, growls and rasps, and his ability to spin and bite through just about anything. The first Taz cartoon was released in 1954.
             The character was based on the real-life Tasmanian Devil, or more specifically its carnivorous nature and voracious appetite.  The most noticeable resemblance between the Australian marsupial and McKimson's creation is their ravenous appetites and crazed behavior.
  
               
              The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial. It is now found in the wild only in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it is currently the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate the strongest bite per unit body mass of any living mammal, and it hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby. Despite its rotund appearance, the devil is capable of surprising speed and endurance, and can climb trees and swim across rivers.
                                        The Tasmanian Devil is listed as Endangered.

Although it is mean and one would be very stupid to try to pet them, they can be pretty cute!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Capybara

*Note* Sorry for not posting as frequently as I should. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and my laptop died.

I will be taking a quick detour from my series 'Funny Cartoon Animals In Real Life'. I am doing this inorder to give some information on one of the coolest animals around, the capybara.


The capybara is the largest living rodent in the world. Close relatives include chinchillas and guinea pigs.

                                                    MY Capybara Rant.

   If you happen to find one of these in your house, you must really have a pig sty. Seriously, this isn't a tiny  mouse. It is the largest rodent in the world. Please do yourself and your neighbors a favor, clean your house.   
             Here is my personal anecdote. My father once told me a story about a run in with a capybara. A friend of a friend brought home a pet dog for his child. The child was so happy, he slept with the dog. After a few nights, the childs parents were awoken to the childs screams.The pet dog bit of the childs toe! It turns out the dog was not a dog, it was a rodent that looked like a dog!! I can not confirm that this rodent/dog was a capybara, but I always assumed it was. I think a capybara could pass for an ugly dog.

   
                                                             
                                   Capybara INFO

    Capybaras are coprophagous, meaning they eat their own feces as a source of bacterial gut flora and to help digest the cellulose in the grass that forms their normal diet and extract the maximum protein from their food.

     Like its cousin the guinea pig, the capybara does not have the capacity to synthesize vitamin C, and capybaras unsupplemented with vitamin C in captivity have been reported to develop gum disease as a sign of scurvy.


       Capybaras have heavy, barrel-shaped bodies and short heads with reddish-brown fur on the upper part of their body that turns yellowish-brown underneath. Adult capybaras may grow to 130 centimetres (4.3 ft) in length, and weigh up to 65 kg (140 lb). The top recorded weight is 105.4 kg (232 lbs). Capybaras have slightly webbed feet, no tail and 20 teeth. Females are slightly heavier than males. Females average 36 to 66 kg (80 to 145 pounds), while males typically weigh about 34 to 61 kilograms (75 to 135 pounds).

                     Capybara are semi-aquatic mammals found wild in much of South America  in densely forested areas near bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and marshes, as well as flooded savannah and along rivers in tropical forest.

                Capybaras are herbivores, grazing mainly on grasses and aquatic plants, as well as fruit and tree bark. An adult capybara will eat 6 to 8 pounds (2.7 to 3.6 kg) of grasses per day.







 
            

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Funny Cartoon Animal- In Real Life!- Ms. Piggy

In my second piece of a series in which I will examine funny cartoon animals and thier real live counterparts, I will be examining Miss Piggy of the Muppets and regular Pigs.

Miss Piggy is a Muppet, whch is more or less a glorified Puppet. The Muppets were created by Jim Henson starting in 1954–55. The word Muppet  comes from a combonation of "Marionette" and "puppet".
Other famous Muppetes include , Fozzie Bear, Rizzo the Rat, Gonzo the Great and the great Kermit the Frog. 

      

Miss Piggy is a femle pig with very nice hair. She is a pig who is convinced that she is destined for stardom, and that nothing is going to stand in her way. She presents a public face which is the essence of feminine charm, but can instantly fly into a violent rage whenever she thinks she has been insulted or thwarted. Kermit the Frog is often the target of her anger. When she isn't sending him flying through the air, she is often smothering him in (usually unwanted) kisses.

Here is a video of Miss Piggy in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr7v05KvggM

REAL LIFE Pigs


Miss Piggy does not accuratley depict pigs, Most pigs do not have such long and luxurious hair. Very few pigs can sing. And I doubt, that there are many pigs attracted to frogs, but then again, the Mupets are a comdey TV show. Nonetheless, Pigs are pretty cool creatures.

   

With around 2 billion individuals alive at any time, the domesticated pig is one of the most numerous large mammals on the planet.

Long isolated from other pigs on the many islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, pigs have evolved into many different species, including wild boar, bearded pigs, and warty pigs. Humans have introduced pigs into Australia, North and South America, and numerous islands, either accidentally as escaped domestic pigs which have gone feral, or as wild boar. These have typically adapted well, and are increasing in number and broadening their range outside human control.

Pigs are omnivores, which means that they consume both plants and animals. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. In confinement pigs are fed mostly corn and soybean meal with a mixture of vitamins and minerals added to the diet.

Domesticated pigs are commonly raised as livestock by farmers for meat (generally called pork, hams, gammon or bacon), as well as for leather. Their bristly hairs are also used for brushes. Some breeds of pig, such as the Asian pot-bellied pig, are kept as pets.

The domestic pig was domesticated approximately 5,000 to 7,000 years ago. Pigs are intelligent and can be trained to perform numerous tasks and tricks. Recently, they have enjoyed a measure of popularity as house pets, particularly the dwarf breeds.

Feral PIG Picture=    

Dont Miss the new Muppet Movie, The Muppets (film). Comes out 11/23/11

Friday, August 5, 2011

Funny Cartoon Animal- In Real Life!- Roadrunner.

I have decided to post some pictures of funny cartoon animals and their real counterparts.  In the first piece of the series, we will be taking a close look at Road Runner from Warner Bros.


In case you are unfamiliar with the cartoon, the plot revolves around Wile E. Coyote (Pictured Above) chasing Road Runner around. Wile E. Coyote utilizes various tactics in efforts to capture and subsequently eat Road Runner. These tactics often involve Wile using various pieces of technology, such as rockets and traps. Yet Wile's tactics are often thwarted by Road Runner's  natural speed and wits. Wile E. Coyote failed plans often lead to him enduring a painful experience, such as falling off of a cliff or falling victim to an explosion.

Here is a link to a clip of the two kooky characters. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5_4EZxb87A&feature=related

Far too few people know that in real life, the road runner is not so purple, not so large and not nearly as fast as the roadrunner depicted in the cartoon.





Wikipedia Attack- "Roadrunners can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h)[1] and generally prefer sprinting to flying. Roadrunners will fly to escape predators." "Roadrunner species generally range in size from 18 inches (46 cm) to 24 inches (61 cm) from tail to beak."

All in all, the road runner is still a beautiful creature and the Roadrunner character is pretty funny. Meep meep.








Friday, July 29, 2011

Red-eyed Tree Frog

This is Agalychnis callidryas, the Red-eyed Tree Frog. It is native to rainforests in Central America. "Red-eyed tree frogs are not poisonous and rely on camouflage to protect themselves. During the day, they remain motionless, cover their blue sides with their back legs, tuck their bright feet under their stomach, and shut their red eyes. Thus, they appear almost completely green, and well hidden among the foliage." Wikipedia.




His eyes are freaking huge! He must see something he really wants. Maybe he is eying a nice juicy fly. If I was walking in a rainforest and I saw those eyes staring at me, I would be a little creeped out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Platypus

The Platypus. A very strange creature. In my opinion, it looks like a rat with deformed feet that has gotten its mouth stuck in a duck bill. The platypus is a very unique creature.



"The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it...It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia"  Wikipedia

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tortoise With a Wheel

If this tortoise raced a hare, I think he would have an unfair advantage. What's next, a speed turbo? Poor little guy.




"Gamera, a 12-year-old, African spur-thighed tortoise, shows off his new front "leg" at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., on Friday, July 15, 2011. Gamera had to have his leg removed after an infection set in. To aid in the tortoise's recovery, doctors at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital replaced Gamera's leg with a small swiveling ball-type caster attached to its shell with an epoxy adhesive."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

White Kangaroo

My journey down under continues as I present a couple pictures of the white kangaroo. It kind of reminds me of a giant mouse.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Koala Relaxing.

This kola is just kicking-back. Yet, if it lets go of the trees it plummets to the Earth. Kicking-back is one of the things koalas do best, "the koala has a very low metabolic rate for a mammal and rests motionless for about 16 to 18 hours a day, sleeping most of that time". Wikipedia.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Super Fluffy Sheep!

This is Shrek the Sheep. He gained international fame in 2004 after he avoided being caught and shorn for six years. Merinos are normally shorn annually, but Shrek apparently hid in caves, avoiding muster.  His fleece contained enough wool to make suits for 20 men, weighing 27 kg (60 lb) — an average Merino fleece weighs around 4.5 kg (9.9 lb).  








Sunday, July 17, 2011

Monkey Steals a Dog!

What would motivate a monkey to steal a dog? If this monkey were to take a dog, what's to stop it from taking your wallet, kidnapping your children, or possibly stealing your identity?

Friday, July 15, 2011