Animal of the day – 11/07/2014 – The Elk

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The animal of the day is the Elk. (Did you know: These 2nd largest of the deer family used to roam all over America, but, well, you know…humans like to hunt. Now they can mostly be found on the Western half of the United States, though there are some large populations in Michigan (Go Blue)!

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Something weird about Elk as opposed to other deer are that scientists believe the elk’s ivories (large canine teeth) are rudimentary tusks!

Also, they are delicious.

Also, they are delicious.

Animal of the day – 11/04/2014 – The Black Dragonfish

The animal of the day is the Black Dragonfish. (Did you know: The females are 8 times as long as the males! The ladies measure about 40 cm, the males about 5cm. Huge case of sexual dimorphism!

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Like many deep sea fish, the black dragonfish can produce its own light. However, unlike almost all the other bioluminescent organisms in the ocean, it can glow and perceive a red as well as blue-green light.

Their babies are CRAZY, the eyes of the larvae are carried on long stalks that retreat as the fish reaches maturity and the eyes are nested in sockets.

Animal of the day – 9/17/2014 – The Ring-Tailed Lemur

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The animal of the day is the Ring-tailed Lemur. (Did you know: Unlike mammals in general, and primates in particular, Ring-tailed lemurs are matriarchal! More power to the ladies!!

Found only on is African island of Madagascar, scientist believe lemurs got there by floating on palm fronds a long long time ago. Ring-tailed Lemurs are also highly social.

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Plus, the look hilarious when they run…

http://youtu.be/E2CRx0OPp6s

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.

 

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