Anyone excited about Dr. Who premiering tonight? ‘Cause me and this bow-tie-wearing kitty sure are!
Happy Caturday =^_^=
This amazing video, that was just published on YouTube today, shows humpback whales, gray whales, and Risso’s dolphins, surfacing off the coast of beautiful Monterey, California. It’s almost like being there, on the boat with those lucky whale watchers.
At the Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, an Angolan colobus monkey named Olivia, cradles her newborn in the Tropic World / Africa exhibit on March 20, 2013. Born on March 9th, this is the first Angolan colobus monkey to be born at the Brookfield Zoo. Though the adults have black fur with white trim, the babies are all white, and adorable as ever.
Meet Haku, a river otter that lives at the Sunshine City Aquarium, in Tokyo, Japan. Haku is special because, unlike her family of seven that live at the facility, Haku’s fur hasn’t darkened at all as she has aged. She’s an adolescent now at four months, but still has her white floofy baby fur. She’s super adorable, and will be interesting to watch as she grows up.
Happy Ottersday ^_^
The Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax) is one of the world’s least known primates, having never been studied in the wild; until now. Found only in the cloud forests of northern Peru, a group of scientists with Neotropical Primate Conservation and the National University of Mayor San Marcos have spent 12 months following a single group of this enigmatic monkey species in a small forest patch. The results of their research, published in mongabay.com’s open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science, shows that protecting forests, even small forest fragments, is vital to the species’ survival.
The researchers found that the species is capable of surviving in highly-fragmented forests, which is helpful to the monkeys living in agricultural and populated regions of Peru. A studied family of six occupied a single forest fragment only three-and-a-half acres large. There are currently eleven night monkey species known in South America, which make up the Aotus genus. They are the world’s only truly nocturnal monkeys.
Grumpy Cat (formally named Tardar Sauce) has hit the big time. She’s modeling for Friskies ads, has a full-time assistant, and was invited by Mashable (an internet news site) to come to Austin, Texas, be interviewed by a local news affiliate, and make an appearance at the renowned South by Southwest music convention over last weekend. Hundreds and hundreds of people waited around the block for hours on end, to get their photo op, with Grumpy Cat, possibly the most famous cat in the world.
Happy Caturday =^_^=
The winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has come under the burled arch in Nome, Alaska. Mitch Seavey won this year’s Iditarod, edging second place musher Aliy Zirkle by 24 minutes! This is just the beginning for this community however, for every musher to finish the race gets a hero’s welcome.
The town’s sirens blared when each of the more than four dozen competitors was about a mile out, and the mushers are all treated like royalty as they cross the finish line under the famed arch on Front Street, and have their pictures taken with fans.
“People came running out of their homes, pouring out of the bars on Front Street, to all run down to the chute and welcome the next team in,” said Laura Samuelson, director of the city’s Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum and former official finish-line checker. “It’s very exciting.”
Every year for four decades, residents of this old gold-rush town have greeted mushers at all hours of the day and night as they completed the world’s most famous sled dog race, which spans two mountain ranges, dangerous Alaska wilderness and the windy Bering Sea coast.
The reveling will continue as the rest of the remaining mushers trickle into town over the next few days.
“The tradition of welcoming mushers into Nome is very important because you figure anyone who comes this far on a team of dogs, from Anchorage to Nome, and takes 10 days to get here, or three weeks to get here, they all deserve the same recognition and the same appreciation for making it this far,” Samuelson said.