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Maryland Zoo Welcomes New River Otter

The Maryland Zoo welcomed a new North American river otter to the Otter Stream Habitat in the Maryland Wilderness Exhibit. He came to the zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland and his name is Hudson.

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” said Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo in a statement. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

He was cared for at the Chintimini Wildlife center before being moved to the Oregon Zoo. He came to the Maryland Zoo in March of this year and is now ready to meet the public.

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

Hudson joins Piper, an otter the zoo received earlier this year, in the exhibit. The Maryland Zoo says the two otters get along well.

“Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

Hudson and Piper can be seen together in the the river stream habitat in the morning. Mary, the Zoo’s older female river otter, prefers to be alone so she will alternate with them. You can see Mary in the afternoon.

Happy Ottersday :#)

http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-welcomes-new-young-otter-to-maryland-wilderness

 

Otters Return Home to Thompson Park Zoo

After months away, the two river otters of the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown, New York are back in town.

 

Father and son otters Otis and Ricky are just a few weeks from going onto exhibit, and zoo staff are seeing signs of enthusiasm from the pair as they became reacquainted with their surroundings.

 

The otters were previously kept at The Wild Center, in Tupper Lake, as repairs and upgrades took place at their home exhibit, ranging from the installation of new filters, to the delivery of a new glass sheet, which should be installed by Saturday, according to Lesley Clark, the zoo’s director of operations. The pond in the exhibit was completely resurfaced after leaks were discovered.

“If you don’t have quality products, it’s not going to last long,” she said.

A new off-exhibit holding area has been set up with a new drainage system, expanded space for the otters and heating elements that will allow the otters to stay at the zoo year-round.

 

The repair work at the exhibit has led to an increase of interest from visitors about when the fan favorites would return.

“All we have heard is ‘When are the otters coming back?’” Ms. Clark said. “We’re excited to see them.”

Ms. Lyndaker said the otters’ social nature has made them beloved by many visitors.

“They’ll come right up to the glass and look at kids, and look at them through the fence,” she said. “They’re always running around, splashing in their pool. They’re very interactive, very fun to watch.”

Thank-you YouTubeChannel Watertown Daily Times for the cute otter video.

 

The project cost about $35,000, after volunteer labor and donated materials cut about $10,000 from the cost of the renovations. Among the major donors noted by Ms. Clark was Carthage Savings and Loan, which contributed $25,000 to the project.

 

River otters have historically been found in all watersheds in New York, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The animals primarily eat fish, but have been known to also eat amphibians and crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates when available.

 

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/otter-pair-returns-to-thompson-park-zoo-video-20160714

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubOJL0VdBeg

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFxmjJ1lksR2fqe-Z6zBeeA

 http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9355.html

 

Japanese Snow Monkey Babies

Are you ready the cutest, floofiest snow monkeys baby ever?! I wasn’t, I was totally taken aback unawares! OMG! I was weakened by their cuteness….. ahhhhh. There’s 8 minutes here of adorable snow monkey family hi-jinx from Monkey Island, Japan. I highly recommend 3:19.. the lil’ smile on that lil’ primate just melted my heart.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Kiyo for your wonderful snow monkey video (she has many more on her page)!

 

Happy Monkday :_)

 

https://youtu.be/0S5ywmvcwWA

https://www.youtube.com/user/KiyoPhotography/featured

 

Capybaras Loose in Toronto!

At Toronto’s High Park Zoo, two capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, have escaped into the city. Despite being actually fairly massive, the partners in crime – actually named Bonnie and Clyde – have yet to be captured by authorities, who have spent the last three weeks(!) trying to hunt them down.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

They’ve settled into big city living well, and haven taken to Twitter to share their exploits. One of the escapees was caught in a trap, at one point, but was able to wiggle free. The pair of capybaras have occasionally been spotted by pedestrians but are, at present, still on the lam.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/two-worlds-largest-rodents-run-toronto-zoo/

“Capybaras are pretty adaptive animals,” Luciano Verdade, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, told National Geographic. “Although they are relatively large animals, they can be deceptive in the proximity of humans.”

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

They normally eat grasses native to their South American habitats, but they’re able to eat other vegetation. They can even switch between being active during the day and night, and they are semi-aquatic, which means they could evade capture by quickly diving deep underwater. The most immediate threat to the AWOL capybaras is dodging vehicles while crossing roads.

 

We’ll try to keep track of Bonnie & Clyde, Capybaras at large.

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/two-worlds-largest-rodents-run-toronto-zoo/

http://www.highparktoronto.com/zoo.php

https://twitter.com/torontocapybara

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/06/09/near-miss-as-capybara-slips-out-of-trap.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/capybaras-escaped-toronto-zoo-largest-rodent-on-earth/

 

The Cheetah & The Hyena

Safari guide, Onesmus Irungu, photographed an unusual scene on a morning out in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve: a spotted hyena getting chased off its kill by a mother cheetah and her three cubs.

These three snapshots maybe the first time that such behavior has ever been caught on camera, and they upend stubborn misconceptions about Africa’s carnivores.

Source: http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/scavenger-switch-cheetah-family-steals-a-meal-from-a-spotted-hyena-photos

Source: http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/scavenger-switch-cheetah-family-steals-a-meal-from-a-spotted-hyena-photos

Source: http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/scavenger-switch-cheetah-family-steals-a-meal-from-a-spotted-hyena-photos

The hyena is often unfairly branded as nature’s cackling thieves and scavengers, but hyenas are actually very capable predators. Research suggests they kill up to 95% of the food they eat, and in this particular case, he had managed to take down a topi, one of Africa’s speediest antelopes.

Then, a female cheetah approached the carcass with her three 15-month-old cubs in tow. Outnumbered, the hyena had no choice but to abandon the topi, and the feline family ate for two hours.

Seeing the cheetah, famous for the high-speed chase, take the hyena’s food instead is surprising. ”Cheetahs have been seen stealing kills from other cheetahs, but to my knowledge there are no published reports of cheetahs actively stealing from any other predators,” says Femke Broekhuis, who, along with Irungu, described the event in a recent paper in the African Journal of Ecology.

 

When it comes to carcass theft, it’s usually the cheetahs who lose out. Their smaller size and mostly solitary habits make them vulnerable, and in some parts of Africa, more than 12% of their kills are commandeered by larger rival carnivores.

 

Such thieving tactics have earned lions and spotted hyenas a share of the blame for the serious decline in cheetah numbers, yet sightings like Irungu’s add to other evidence that these lithe spotted cats can cope with losing the occasional meal, and are flexible enough to adapt their behavior in order to survive. Scavenging, it turns out, might be one way they get by. Appropriating an unguarded carcass is one thing, but stealing it from a larger predator is a risky move, and it’s possible this cheetah mother took her chances because she had three extra mouths to feed.

 

For Broekhuis, who is the director of the Mara Cheetah Project in Nairobi, Kenya, the behavior helps us to see the predators in a different light. “Cheetahs are always portrayed as being very vulnerable, but the sighting of cheetah taking a kill from a hyena not only shows that they will scavenge, but also that they can confront other predators to obtain resources,” she says.

It also helps researchers tease out the real threats facing these cats, most of which can be linked to human activity: from habitat loss and disappearing prey to the illegal pet trade. ”Both lions and spotted hyenas are known to kill cheetahs and to steal their kills, but these three species have always coexisted and these interactions are all part of a natural system,” adds Broekhuis.

 

This might be the first time that a carcass-stealing cheetah has been caught on camera, but the team behind the Mara Cheetah Project hopes future observations will tell them whether it was more than just a fluke. The long-term project sees researchers tracking cats out in the field each day and recording their behavior.

“We currently have approximately 75 different cheetahs in our database, which allows us to follow individuals over time, so it is possible that we might observe this behavior again at some point,” Broekhuis says.

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/scavenger-switch-cheetah-family-steals-a-meal-from-a-spotted-hyena-photos

https://www.facebook.com/oleirungu

http://www.maasaimara.com/

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aje.12318

http://www.kenyawildlifetrust.org/predators/the-mara-cheetah-project