Month: January 2011

Look Up! Celestial Eye Goldfish

image credit: image credit: image credit: image credit: image credit: AndreJenny.comHabitat: Domestic, Originated in ChinaStatus: — I’m sure everyone has owned a pet goldfish at one point in their lives. I know mine committed suicide when I was 5 by jumping out of their fishbowl when I came home from school one day. That wasn’t traumatizing or anything… Anyways, did you ever own a fancy-shmancy Celestial Eye Goldfish? These guys are defined by their eyes which are turned upwards, pupils gazing skyward. The first documentation that Celestials existed appears on a Chinese scroll of 1772, where a goldfish lacking a dorsal fin and possessing protuberant upturned eyes is depicted. Cuties. Still bet mine wouldn’t survive more than a few days though...

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The Fatter & Hairier the Better: Kunekune Pig

image credit: Invisible1955  image credit: Judy Cabbages image credit: tazzy-tazzle image credit: jo92photosCharlotte’s Web…? ↓ image credit: qofd Habitat: New Zealand Status: no (any longer) conservation concerns  These dumpy, hairy pigs are Kunekune Pigs; domesticated piggies that are believed to have descended from an Asian domestic breed introduced to New Zealand in the early 19th century by whalers or traders. It has a short, round body with short legs and two tassels (called piri piri) under its chin and comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, ginger, gold and spotted combinations.The native Māori people of New Zealand adopted kunekune: the word kunekune means “fat and round” in the Māori language. They have a very calm, friendly nature and are commonly kept as pets nowadays. However, in the 1980s only an estimated 50 purebred Kunekune pigs remained. Michael Willis and John Simister, wildlife-park owners, started a breeding recovery program, which in turn encouraged other recovery efforts. As of 2010[update] the breed no longer faces extinction, with breed societies in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Here’s a video of some adorable Kunekune...

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Penguins Gripped by Grief’s Icy Hand

How these chicks died is a mystery but their parents’ pain is not. Wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox captured the extraordinary image of this mass mourning of adult penguins as they grieved the loss of their babies on the Riiser Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica. “Part of my job is to accept that with the spectacular sights of nature also come the stark facts of life, and to see emperor penguins mourning in a human-like way over the death of their chicks is heart-wrenching,” he said. “They hunch over like they are in a state of grief and they wander around the frozen ice wastes attempting to locate their chicks. “It is difficult to say how they died, but I was told by other scientists at the scene that it was not unheard of. Weather and starvation can cause this kind of sad event.” Sad story via...

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Hypselodoris Kanga Nudibranch

Copyright holder: Debi Henshaw,  © All Rights Reserved” Copyright holder: Brian Mayes,  © All Rights Reserved   Copyright holder: Digidiverdave,  © All Rights Reserved” Copyright holder: Brian Mayes,  © All Rights Reserved      Copyright holder: Brian Mayes,  © All Rights Reserved Habitat: throughout theIndo-West Pacific Status: not very common Just another beautiful Nudibranch (Janolus sp) for you to admire this week!Couldn’t find any real information on it...

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Smooch. Kiss. With a Budgett’s Frog?

image credit: image credit: image credit: image credit: image credit: image credit: venwu225image credit: Baby!↓ image credit: Habitat: Paraguay, Argentina, BoliviaStatus: on the verge of being listed as a threatened species So let’s analyze the Budgett’s frog for a minute here. If you were a princess & you had to kiss a frog to find your prince…. would this be the one to get the smooch? Budgett’s frog is also known as a Hippo frog because of its comically wide mouth and plump body with legs that appear way too small for it. Sounds kinda cute right? It really does look cute with its googly eyes and seemingly innocent smile. And that baby really does seem very sweet and the picture of the guy holding Budgett’s frog makes it look squishy and mushy – very enticing characteristics for a Princess. But the Budgett’s frog has a little secret. The Hippo frog isn’t its only other alias, you see. This frog also goes by the name of… the “Freddy Kreuger” frog. Not so pleasant now, right? When the frog gets frightened it will open its alarmingly large mouth and emit a grunt or a shrill scream while simultaneously exposing its two sharp protrusions (not teeth, but they serve the same purpose). They WILL bite cha. Check out the video to see what I’m...

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