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Belka the Cat, Mother of Squirrels

Two baby squirrels rescued by local police in Poltava, Ukraine have found shelter and love in the unlikely form of a cat taking on the role of mother. Oddly enough, the cat’s named is “Belka”, which in Ukrainian, translates to “squirrel.” I guess it was just meant to be. ^_^

Thank-you YouTube Channel UKRAINE TODAY for this adorable news video.

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO7y4CiI15g

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjX58COleIWwvc0_e9r_oMA

 

The Octopus Photographer

An animal trainer at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, was able to train an octopus to take photographs. In fact, it only took Rambo the octopus three attempts to understand how the process works.

Source: http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

Now, the aquarium charges $2 for a visitor to sit for a portrait taken by the “octographer”. The small donation goes directly to the aquarium to help offset expenses.

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

In front of her tank, there’s a backdrop where visitors can pose for their photos. It appears these children on a school trip to the aquarium thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

 

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

The camera, a Sony DSC-TX30, was secured into a custom made housing to mount onto Rambo’s tank. The campaign was sponsored by Sony to help show how durable their camera is and to raise awareness of the high level of intelligence in an octopus.

 

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

http://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

 

Happy World Penguin Day!

Today is World Penguin Day, and to celebrate, we’re traveling to Detroit, Michigan, to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo.

 

The 33,000-square-foot penguin center is the largest facility for penguins in the world! It features a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where visitors can watch more than 80 penguins of four species explore their habitat. An underwater gallery and two acrylic underwater tunnels provide views as the birds swim above, around and below. The exhibit just opened on April 18th too, just in time for World Penguin Day!

 

So sit back and relax, as we enjoy this tour of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, narrated by Detroit Zoo CEO, Ron Kagan.

Thank-you, YouTube Channel MLive for this informative video!

 

Happy World Penguin Day!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyGvB2zTLVo

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClmFQfVyDvdtCralM-Oo_mw

 

New Rodent Species Discovered

An international team of scientists has discovered a new species of wild rodent in a remote mountainous area of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. The creature had eluded discovery for many years by mainly foraging for food among the roots of trees.

Known as Gracilimus radix, this slender rat inhabited the thick forests at the slopes of Mount Gandang Dewata on Sulawesi Island. The region has long been considered a hotbed for various creatures.

Photo by Kevin Rowe. Source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/151625/20160420/meet-the-slender-rat-a-new-rodent-species-discovered-in-indonesia.htm

According to the research, published in the Journal of Mammalogy, the slender rat belonged to a new genus of its own since it had such a vastly different anatomy compared to other wild rodents. This placed the animal on a separate step in the taxonomic rankings just above a new species.

“We discovered the new genus and species doing mammal surveys in 2011 and 2012 on Mt Gandang Dewata,” Kevin Rowe, a biologist from Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia said. “This marks the third new genus and fourth new species discovered there in the last four years.”

Photo by Kevin Rowe. Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/nature/article/2016/04/20/brand-new-mammal-species-joins-ranks-biology

Rowe added that aside from the five rodents they came across with, there are still a number of other rat species waiting to be discovered in the wilderness of Sulawesi Island.

He explained that identifying these creatures will not only provide researchers with new insight regarding the origin and evolution of native rodents in Australia, but it will also allow them to understand how animals are able to evolve in response to challenges presented to them by Nature.

After conducting several genetic analyses, the research team found that the Gracilimus radix is closely related to the Sulawesi water rat (Waiomys mamasae), which was first discovered in 2014. The slender rat and the water rat belong to the same rodent group that can only be found on Sulawesi Island.

 

Unlike most other wild rodents that are mostly carnivorous, the slender rat was revealed to be omnivorous.

Rowe pointed out that despite being close relatives, the Gracilimus radix and the Waiomys mamasae are very much different from one another. The slender rat evolved to become more adept at living on land, while the Sulawesi water rat developed skills more suited for swimming and living in the water.

 

It’s amazing to me that there are still unknown mammals unknown to science. There is so much we still don’t know!

 

Happy Bunday (|^_^|)

 

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/151625/20160420/meet-the-slender-rat-a-new-rodent-species-discovered-in-indonesia.htm

http://jmammal.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/23/jmammal.gyw029

http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/nature/article/2016/04/20/brand-new-mammal-species-joins-ranks-biology

 

Me-ow… It’s Me

The East Bay SPCA in Northern California has created “Meow“, an adorable and frankly tear-jerking parody of Adele‘s song “Hello” that speaks from a cat’s point of view.

The music video features adoptable kittens. The East Bay SPCA video promotes cat adoption while telling a silly, yet touching story of a little girl, woman and older gentleman’s visit in hopes of adopting a kitten. The kittens promise their potential adopters that they will do whatever it takes to be the best pets ever!

Every kitten that appears in the video was adopted from the East Bay SPCA. Thank-you YouTube Channel East Bay SPCA for this touching video!

 

Starring:
Coral, Cantaloupe and Calvin (the black kitten)
Brian L. Koponen – Older Gentleman
Laila – Young Woman
Lana – Little Girl & (her real) Dad

Crew:
Director/Camera: Hai-Lam Phan
Producer: Dawn Poomee
Production Assistant: Yajnaseni Das Vincent
Music Production: Douglas Widick
Singer: Amanda Shechtman (amandashechtman.com)

Lyrics:
Meow, it’s me.
I’m the cat / who’s your new best friend, / that you have yet to meet.
I am fluffy,/ and so cute.
They say that I don’t really smell, and
My purrs can do much healing.

Meow, can you see it?
We’ll be cuddling, / dreaming about all the fun we will have.
We can catch the laser, / and let it go,
And I think you so beautiful/ when I wake you up in the morning.
There’s such a future, between us,
If you just take me home…

Meow from the Inside
I promise you that I’ll try…
To keep you / toasty /in the coldest of nights.
And to give you/ a part / of what is me.

meow from the Inside
I promise you that I’ll try…
To be there/ for you/ in the worst of times
But you just have to /give me/ a chance to go home, to go home.

Meooooww…take me home.
Meooooww…take me home.
Meooooww…take me home.
Take me home.

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://laughingsquid.com/meow-an-adorable-parody-of-the-adele-song-hello-promoting-cat-adoption-at-the-east-bay-spca/

https://youtu.be/7O52wPSj_LE

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFIHbYmDu3QvkS0WqvJABMQ

https://www.eastbayspca.org/

http://adele.com/

https://youtu.be/YQHsXMglC9A

 

Toucan Saved by 3D Printing

A chestnut-eared aracari, a type of Toucan, had his life saved thanks to the ingenuity of scientists, surgeons and a 3D printing artist. Tuc Tuc the Toucan was found injured on a street in Brazil missing a large portion of his lower beak. Cicero Moraes took a mold of the toucan’s beak and then got to work 3D printing a new one. It took two hours to surgically attach the prosthetic beak to the bird. Tuc Tuc wouldn’t be able to survive without receiving a new beak, and now he’ll live out the rest of his days at a comfy Brazilian animal shelter.

Thank-you YouTube Channel Inside Edition for this marvelous news story.

 

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLj0uaOA9kA

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9k-yiEpRHMNVOnOi_aQK8w

 

Celebrating Otter Day in New Mexico

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 150 first graders celebrated Otter Day yesterday by learning more about the animals and their environment. The first graders went on a hike, scavenger hunts and took part in other activities focusing on ecology. Students celebrated the reintroduction of the river otter to New Mexico’s rivers.

 

Source: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/legacy/publications/press_releases/documents/2008/101408otters.html

More than 60 years after they disappeared from their natural New Mexico habitat, river otters are thriving in the state once again.

“The last known wild, or native river otter was trapped and killed in the Gila River in the 1950s,” Rachel Conn said.

Conn is the projects director for Amigos Bravos, a water conservation group based in Taos. Amigos Bravos helped in creating New Mexico Friends of River Otters back in the early 2000s.

 

Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/6-wild-otters-released-into-New-Mexico-river-858690.php

The coalition’s goal was simple: get otters back into their natural habitat after pollution, deforestation and illegal trapping caused them to vanish from the state.

“[We] approached the Department of Game and Fish, their game commission, and advocated for a program to reintroduce river otters,” she said.

 

Source: http://wilderness.org/blog/best-recreation-new-rio-grande-del-norte-national-monument

Their plea worked. Between 2008 and 2010, 33 river otters were introduced into the Upper Rio Grande at the expense of $1,000 an otter. Since then, reported sightings were the only way the group knew how the otters were doing. That is, until this year.

“This year we initiated a new project, and that was our wildlife camera that we put out on the river in two places,” she said.

 

Source: http://www.desertusa.com/desert-animals/river-otter.html

Now there’s photographic proof that the otters are alive and well. Although there isn’t a way to track the population growth, Conn is confident that the otters are thriving and reproducing. Sightings of small otters have been reported.

“They’re a beautiful species, they’re at the top of the food chain, they provide critical, important functions to the rest of the ecosystem,” Conn said.

Otters can also help diminish the amount of invasive species in our area, like crayfish. “Otters love to eat crayfish,” she said.

 

Source: http://tucson.com/news/science/environment/nm-pulls-the-plug-on-gila-river-otters/article_3d05fc55-e3d7-570c-95c6-2e673564ae35.html

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

http://krqe.com/2016/04/20/student-learn-celebrate-otters-on-otter-day/

http://krqe.com/2016/03/27/wild-river-otters-thriving-in-new-mexico-rivers-again/

 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/legacy/publications/press_releases/documents/2008/101408otters.html

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/6-wild-otters-released-into-New-Mexico-river-858690.php

http://wilderness.org/blog/best-recreation-new-rio-grande-del-norte-national-monument

http://www.desertusa.com/desert-animals/river-otter.html

http://tucson.com/news/science/environment/nm-pulls-the-plug-on-gila-river-otters/article_3d05fc55-e3d7-570c-95c6-2e673564ae35.html


A Skyhigh Look at Humpbacks in Hawaii

These shots of humpback whales are amazing! The filmographer flew over the incredibly clear waters surrounding Hawaii, to capture one the most complete looks at humpback whales in their natural environment I have ever seen: swimming, playing (two whales look they high-five each other at one point), and socializing with family and with dolphins!

Thank-you YouTube Channel Uheheu for this amazing footage!

 

Happy Humpday (^_^)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6IIjLK-8fU

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_JWGfpezZFLAxZ3nntLDUA/feed