Category Archives: animals

Too much domesticated biomass

Here’s today’s xkcd, which is both enlightening and frightening. Notice that there is more poundage of cows than of people. And where are the cats? h/t: Grania

Deer rescued from ice by a Hovercraft

This is a winter heartwarmer: two female deer rescued by kindly souls using ropes and a Hovercraft. They had fallen on an icy lake and couldn’t get up. Shot 100% on the HD HERO3® camera from http://GoPro.com. James saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck out on the ice in the middle of Albert Lea […]

Valentine #4

Perhaps not the best of ideas, but biological nonetheless. . .

Darwin’s pet tortoise

by Greg Mayer (addendum below) Darwin lived in the country, and had many animals– for companionship, work, and research. For companions, his chief pets were d*gs (my favorite of Darwin’s d*gs was Bob), but he also had a tortoise that he brought home from James (Santiago) Island in the Galapagos. It has been claimed (most […]

A sugar glider

    We’ve recently seen videos and photos of flying squirrels from the New World, but here’s a very distant relative, the sugar glider from Australia (Petaurus breviceps). Flying squirrels are placental mammals, while sugar gliders are marsupials, and have evolved their morphology and behavior completely independently of flying squirrels. This is in fact a remarkable […]

A request from Professor Ceiling Cat

It’s one degree Farenheit With cold winds outside; Please give food to the wild beasts And a warm place to hide. Notes for the pedants: 1. I’m aware that I’m quoting the temperatures for Chicago and that other places may be colder or warmer 2. If you insist on Celsius temperatures, it’s -17C, but much […]

Sea anemones live in Antarctic ice! And upside down!

There are lots of weird and interesting species left to discover, and two of the richest sites will be the deep sea and Antarctica, both difficult of access. Last week the University of Lincoln, Nebraska news site released some cool findings of the ANDRILL team (Antarctic Drilling Program), which is headquartered on their campus. And […]

Squirrel and bird buffet

Believe me, it costs more than tuppence a bag! (Those are pecans in the front, at $3.69 per small sack!) It’s not easy being both a Squirrel God and a Bird God. The squirrels, however, are in tip-top condition, though the birds are skittish and I rarely get to see them close up.

The American Alligator

by Greg Mayer Another Florida correspondent sends this picture of several American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) in Oviedo, Florida. They’re at a combination bar, gift shop, and wildlife refuge (the kind of place Florida specializes in, I gather!) on the shore of Lake Jesup. Alligators are said to be abundant in the lake, and a few are […]

The Brown Pelican

by Greg Mayer My Florida correspondent sends this picture of a Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) taken on January 9, 2014, along the Caloosahatchee River in Ft. Myers, Florida. The pelican above is an adult (note white neck with yellowish wash on head; both are brownish in juveniles) in non-breeding condition (when breeding, most of a […]

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