It’s Caturday, and the start of a holiday weekend, so take some R &R, pamper yourself, and get a monkey massage… or something of that ilk…
This kitty knows what I’m talking about… happy Caturday everybody!
As a writer of a blog called inotternews, I couldn’t help but want for a weekly otter post, so I’m calling Thursday, Ottersday…. it’s kinda like saying Thursday with an Irish Accent…… go ahead try it.
So, in honor of the first Ottersday, here’s an exclusive video just published today on YouTube, of a super cute sea otter rolling around at the beach of Freshwater Bay in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
For Monkday today, here’s a new fascinating article about the intelligence of monkeys.
“It’s not a question of whether they think — it’s how they think,” says Duke University scientist Brian Hare. Now scientists wonder if apes are capable of thinking about what other apes are thinking. Baboons can distinguish between written words and gibberish. Monkeys seem to be able to do multiplication. Apes can delay instant gratification longer than a human child can. They plan ahead. They make war and peace. They show empathy. They share.
Happy Bunday, everybody!
Have you heard of the lion rabbit? It’s a breed of rabbit that grows orange and brown fur and has a big floofy mane around their heads, just like the African lion.
This video was just published today…. it shows two baby lion bunnies eating their noms…. ^_^
At the Edinburgh Zoo, the Scottish Wildcat, the most rare feline in Scotland (there are an estimated 400 left in the wild), just gave birth to a litter of some of the most utterly adorable, squee-rific, cutetastic kittens ever seen.
The kittens will play a vital role in the conservation of this historic Scottish species along with increasing visitor awareness of the problems facing this most iconic Scottish animal.
This is wonderful news and a truly special Caturday.
The cougar (a.k.a. the mountain lion or puma) is the largest feline in The United States, and for the last one hundred years, their population was critically low- endangering their very survival. Now, a study suggests that their populations are finally increasing and recovering in the United States.
For decades mountain lions were seen as a threat to livestock and humans and many States paid a bounty to hunters for killing them. Their habitats were restricted to the areas around the Black Hills of Dakota, but in the 1960s and 70s the animals were reclassified as managed game species, so hunting was limited and numbers started to grow.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that mountain lions started to spread far and wide during the 1990s – this perspective was confirmed last June when a young male was hit by a car and killed in Connecticut. Genetic analysis indicated that the animal originated from the Black Hills and had traveled approximately 2,900km (1,800mi) via a number of States.
Now researchers have published the first scientific evidence that cougars have returned to the mid-west and are now to be found as far south as Texas and as far north as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.
They say that limits on hunting and the return of elk and mule deer that cougars prey on have been key to increasing the overall population which is now said to number around 30,000.
Today is the 70th birthday of Sir Paul McCartney, the famous former Beatles member and present animal activist (and has been ever since he and former wife Linda McCartney went vegetarian.) He’s a visionary, a philanthropist and an inspiration to much the world, and so we honor him today with a simple question:
Doesn’t this squirrel monkey look totally like Paul McCartney?!
Happy Monkday, everybody.
You’ve just been monked.
For Father’s Day, here’s a fascinating video of a male seahorse giving birth, one of the best fathers in the animal kingdom.
The male seahorse is equipped with what is called a brood pouch on his front-facing side. When mating, the female seahorse deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male’s pouch. The male carries their eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small. Once the seahorses are released into the water, the male’s role is done…. until he finds another female.
Before breeding, seahorses court for several days. Scientists believe the behavior synchronizes the animals’ movements so that the male can receive the eggs when the female is ready to deposit them. During this time they may change color, swim side by side holding tails or grip the same strand of sea grass with their tails and wheel around in unison in what is known as a “pre-dawn dance”. They eventually engage in a “true courtship dance” lasting about 8 hours. When the female’s eggs reach maturity, she and her mate let go of any anchors and snout-to-snout, drift upward out of the seagrass, often spiraling as they rise. The female deposits her eggs into the male’s brood pouch and both animals then sink back into the seagrass.