Category Archives: animals

A crustacean whodunit: which sea creature attacked an Aussie teen?

by Greg Mayer Appropriately following upon Jerry’s monstrous, triffid-like seed pod,  an attack by tiny monsters on an Australian teenager has been splashed across world media, including the BBC and the New York Times. The victim, Sam Kanizay was cooling off after a football match by wading in the sea near Melbourne. After a half […]

Don’t be cruel, says cockatoo, but his gal won’t listen

by Matthew Cobb Yes, this has been around for a couple of years (nearly 6 million views), but it’s still fun. What’s not resolved is why cockatoos dance.

Name the animal

Here’s a tweet that Grania found. I’m pretty sure I know what this thing is (hint, it may not be an adult animal. . . ), but I’ll leave it to the readers to guess. But seriously please share this picture so some knowledgeable marine biologist can tell me what the hell it is bc I […]

Unusual stripes

by Greg Mayer Matthew sent me the following tw**t from Bryan D. Hughes, the rattlesnakeguy: Here's a cool picture sent to us by Susan Harnage. It's a longnosed snake with a partial stripe – an error in the pattern. Pretty cool! pic.twitter.com/5Eakop7dcY — Bryan D. Hughes (@rattlesnakeguy) March 15, 2017 The tw**t doesn’t say where […]

Name that animal track!

Matthew, who loves quizzes, insisted that I post this tw**t. He says “n.b. the scale is in centimeters, so it’s very big!” I’ll let him post the answer in a few hours. He adds, “Don’t go looking! Guess!” Here we go! Who made this track, found in ne British Columbia along a river? Tweet me […]

Pet rocks

Because about 40% of my Facebook feed consists of complaints about Donald Trump, and because I can’t brain today, I’m proffering cats as a palliative. Italian artist Roberto Rizzo Pittore specializes in painting animals on rocks; what’s amazing is the lifelike job he does. Here’s a video, along with a picture of the animal he’s painting. […]

Toad rescue

by Greg Mayer I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I periodically engage in turtle or frog and toad “rescues”, taking animals that had fallen into human made traps, such as window wells and stairwells, and releasing them, sometimes after feeding them for a while in captivity to fatten them up prior to release. A couple […]

A fish with hips

by Greg Mayer The four-legged land vertebrates– amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, collectively known as tetrapods— get around, at least mostly, on their four legs. Their front and hind limbs are attached, respectively, to their pectoral and pelvic girdles, bones that attach or closely adhere to the axial skeleton. The pectoral girdle consists of the […]

A three-eared cat?

by Greg Mayer The BBC reports on an abandoned cat with “three ears” found in Norfolk. Shelter staff at Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling have named him “Brian”*. [JAC: several readers also sent this to me.] I can’t recall ever seeing such a cat, and neither could the shelter’s vet, though Jerry had […]

Spot the snakes!

by Greg Mayer Late this past summer, I caught a brown snake (Storeria dekayi) at the Root River Environmental Center in Racine, Wisconsin, so that the REC (as it’s known) could put it on display in a terrarium for visitors to see. Although I did not realize it, it was a pregnant female, and she […]