Animal of the day – 1/30/2014 – The Naked Mole Rat

article-0-14D90002000005DC-639_634x463The animal of the day is the Naked Mole Rat. (Did you know: Boy oh boy is that a face only a mother could love… These natives of East Africa are special for a couple reason.

– For their size, they live almost 9 times as long as they should. In comparative terms, a mole rat the equivalent of 92 human years, still has the muscle mass and bone density of a 21 year old.
– Mole rats are one of the only two eusocial mammals known (the other one is the damaraland molerat). This means that it lives in colonies with a reproductive queen and sterile workers. Remind you of something? Honeybees!

20071026pets_naked_mole_rats_006_500And did I mention it’s skin doesn’t feel pain? Holy smokes! Still doesn’t stop it from looking like something out of my nightmares…


Animal of the day – 1/28/2014 – The Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

The animal of the day is the Venezuelan Poodle Moth. (Did you know: This brand new species of moth was discovered in 2009 in Venezuela, Very little is known about it, but damn it looks crazy!

Muslin moth, DrPhotoMoto-FlickrThat’s a tiny moth! Once more is known about this new species, I’ll update this post, but for now, enjoy how furry it looks!

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Animal of the day – 1/24/2014 – The Vicuña

VicuñaThe animal of the day is the Vicuña. (Did you know: These cute bad boys are the smallest member of the Camel family, and are native to South America! It’s closely related to the llama, and alpacas but can handle much higher altitudes and is a great climber!

Due to it’s soft luxurious fur, it was almost hunted to extinction [A scarf made from it’s wool is worth about $1,500 US!], but is now protected and is making a come-back! (but don’t call it a come-back, they’ve been there for years!)

Also, they’re the national animal of Peru!

P.S. Sorry for my absence and lack of posts folks! Life got a little bit crazy in the land of Simbania.