Month: January 2012

Truth: Baby Ground Squirrels Could Not Be Any Cuter

Habitat: deserts of the Southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico Status: Least Concern These too-cute-you-might-want-to-pass-out pictures were taken by photographer Eirini Pajak near her home in Florence, Arizona. The 35-year-old said: ‘The youngsters spend most of the day nibbling little bits of grass, but they also would pick on each other and play-fight. They were not exactly graceful as they were just learning to stand so they would often fall over in clumsiness.’ These are actually baby Round-tailed Ground Squirrels (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus) which are called ground squirrels because they burrow under loose soil often near mesquite trees and creosote bushes. At birth these cuties only weigh 0.14 oz and adults only tip the scales at 4.4...

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Hoarders: Acorn Woodpecker Edition

 © Teddy Llovet    © Mimi Ditchie © Velo Steve © Michael Medina   © Jim Coda  Habitat: California and the southwestern United States south to Colombia Status: Least Concern  The Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) is the hoarder of the bird world. These peculiar woodpeckers have an insatiable appetite for acorns and they make sure they do everything in their power so that their supplies never run low. They create granaries or “acorn trees” by drilling holes in dead trees, telephone poles, wooden buildings, or any other wooden thing and then they stuff the holes with their precious acorns. LOTS of acorns. Sometimes the silly woodpeckers will go after unsuitable storage units, such as when they put 485 lbs of acorns into a wooden water tank in Arizona. Acorns are so important to California populations of woodpeckers in particular that they will nest in the fall to take advantage of the fall acorn crop – which is a very rare behavior for birds. Gotta have those acorns!   © Michael...

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Kristen Bell & I Are Actually Twins

Okay so I never knew much about Kristen Bell. Thought she was pretty standard for a celebrity – blonde hair, blue eyes, you know. But after watching this little gem of a video I’ve realized that we share something in common. We absolutely lose our sh** when it comes to sloths. Like seriously, this could have been me talking up there. Totally love her now! I mean… really? How can you not freak out over that...

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Siku, the Danish Polar Bear Cub That Will Melt Your Heart

 Source: Skandinavisk Dyrepark; Photo: Søren Koch, Hilmer & Koch Nature Photography © Skandinavisk Dyrepark /Associated Press Source: Skandinavisk Dyrepark; Photo: Søren Koch, Hilmer & Koch Nature Photography source: © Skandinavisk Dyrepark /Associated Press  Scandinavian Wildlife Park photo Those lucky workers over at the Scandanavian Wildlife Park in Denmark get to hand raise this unbelievably cutebaby polar bear cub. His name is Siku, which means ‘ice’ in an Inuit dialect, and he’s being hand raised because his mother was unable to produce enough milk to feed him. Little Siku rose to internet fame when this over-the-top adorable video emerged. Be Warned, you may pass out from cute...

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About Carly


I have a confession: I love animals. Join me and the rest of the Featured Creature community as we learn about the weirdest, coolest, and craziest animals out there. Including your dog, Mr. Scrufflebutt (if you submit him!).

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