Animal of the day – 7/23/2014 – The Land-Walking Octopus

octopus-walks-land-videoThe animal of the day is the Octopus. (Did you know: Holy shit. This. is. unreal. Apparently it’s a well known phenomenon that octopuses of different species that live in tidal areas are known to just say f*ck it, and walk on land to change pools or to evade predators.

Yup, the apocalypse is definitely near…

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Animal of the day – 7/18/2014 – The Cockatoo

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The animal of the day is the Cockatoo. (Did you know: Though found around the world nowadays, this family of birds all come from Australia! Yeah mate!

They’re very popular birds to keep as pets as they are quite affectionate with their owners. Heads up though, they are known to have a powerful bite! [don't stick your finger in a cockatoos beak, they have a 3-way bite!]

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Animal of the day – 4/25/2014 – The Potoo

05-potoo_birdThe animal of the day is the Potoo. (Did you know: This is what happens when you do meth kids. Don’t Break Bad.

This crazy looking South American bird spends it’s days perched on a branch blending in perfectly. It’s crazy eyes are adapted for night flying.

498px-Nyctibius_griseus_471885191_27f931630d_o_CropAnd they don’t like being woken up during the day…

5b4a176f-2cb2-46a3-9dec-8b129523d622I did not believe this was real. Where are we, Sesame Street?!

Animal of the day – 4/24/2014 – The Margay

margay-1The animal of the day is the Margay. (Did you know: Aww, cute South American jungle cat! Nope. Evil South American jungle cat.

Margay’s are known for having a unique hunting technique. They hide themselves, then make a noise mimicking the sound of a crying baby monkey. When an adult comes to investigate and help the baby, this sneaky minx of a cat attacks and eats the monkey.

Game recognizes game playa.

Don't look at me like that...I'm aware of your trickery.

Don’t look at me like that…I’m aware of your trickery.

 

Animal of the day – 4/18/2014 – The Cave Angelfish

WaterfallfishThe animal of the day is the Cave Angelfish aka the Waterfall climbing cave fish. (Did you know: Found only in TWO caves in Thailand, this fish has no eyes and no scales! It uses it’s modified fins [they have hooks on the end!] to climb up the cave waterfalls!

It’s quite endangered, and is considered one of the most adapted fish to it’s environment.

Animal of the day – 4/3/2014 – The Javan Rhinoceros

The animal of the day is the Javan Rhinoceros. (Did you know: In this species of rhinoceros, only the males have horns! This rhino is seriously endangered…How endangered?

There’s only one group still living in the wild, about 40 individuals in Indonesia, and there aren’t any in captivity. And that wild group is suffering from inbreeding depression. Sigh, these guys might be gone in our lifetimes.

Only the males have horns, here's a father and daughter!

Only the males have horns, here’s a father and daughter!

Animal of the day – 03/27/2014 – The King Eider Duck

The animal of the day is the King Eider Duck. (Did you know: Well well well duck. Aren’t YOU just too cool for school! Your outfit is gorgeous!

These well dressed ducks can be sound on the Arctic coastlines of North America and Eurasia, and apparently are delicious. But how could you eat something so awesome looking?!

Animal of the day – 03/21/2014 – The Harp Seal

The animal of the day is the Harp Seal. (Did you know: When a harp seal pup eats, its teeth grow; they do not grow if the pup doesn’t eat! And those pups can be recognized by their mamas by scent alone! (which is awesome considering how much smelly pups there are hanging around!

Animal of the day – 03/17/2014 – The Bald Eagle

The animal of the day is the Bald Eagle. (Did you know: While bald eagles are well known hunters of fish, small mammals and other birds, they also will steal food straight from other birds [osprey's especially], and will happily eat carrion. Shoot, they’ll even steal a fish from a fisher-human.

Their nests are the largest of all North American birds (measuring up to almost 10 feet in diameter and weighing up to a ton!

bald-eagle06That’s a big ole nest!

And, remember that bald eagle females are bigger than the males! And darn protective of their young.

Animal of the day – 03/14/2014 – The Gibbon

The animal of the day is the Gibbon. (Did you know: The mating couples of gibbons sing a duet in the mornings to mark their territory! Technically they’re apes (even more technically they are called lesser apes[how rude]) because they’re much smaller than other apes and are alot more like monkey’s in many of ways.

white_cheeked_gibbon_by_micwits101-d2xinkyThey’re gangly on the ground, but in the trees they almost fly!

The gibbons’ ball-and-socket joints allow them unmatched speed and accuracy when swinging through trees. Nonetheless, their mode of transportation can lead to hazards when a branch breaks or a hand slips, and researchers estimate that the majority of gibbons suffer bone fractures one or more times during their lifetimes.They are the fastest and most agile of all tree-dwelling, non-flying mammals.

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