Category Archives: mammals

Readers’ wildlife photos

I saw a photo of a coyote (Canis latrans) on Stephen Barnard’s Facebook page, and asked him if I could use it. He said yes, but told me that I may have published one or more of these several years ago. So be it; I don’t remember, and I bet most readers either don’t or […]

Once again: Why do zebras have stripes? (And once again the answer: it’s the flies, stupid!)

Over the past three years I’ve written about research, mostly by Tim Caro’s group, dealing with the perpetual question: “Why do zebras have stripes?” (See earlier posts here, here, and here.) There used to be lots of hypotheses, including confusing predators like lions, aiding thermoregulation, camouflaging these equids, keeping groups together, and so on, but […]

Can you read difficult German handwriting?

by Greg Mayer WEIT readers are a fairly polyglot bunch, and so I’m calling upon readers to help with a problem. It involves difficult German handwriting—difficult in the sense that the writer was writing in pencil over an irregularly curved and hard surface. The writing is on the outside of the mandible of a Red […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Be sure to think of this site (and the readers!) when you have some good wildlife photos to send. I have a decent backlog, but, you know, posting once every day exhausts that pretty quickly. We have mixed media today, starting with the photos of Stephen Barnard in Idaho. There are DUCKS! Everyone’s comments are […]

The Crest-tailed mulgara is alive!!

Yes, today we have a species long thought to be extinct, that, like Lazarus, has returned from the dead. It’s the Crest-tailed Mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda), a small carnivorous marsupial that was thought for more than a century to be extinct, and whose existence was based on bone fragments. As Roaring Earth and the University of New […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have two contributors today. The first is Charles Sawicki, who found a beaver! His notes, and those of Stephen below, are indented. Here are photos and a movie of a rescued beaver. This North American beaver (Castor canadensis) was found early last summer as a tiny kit crying in a drainage ditch. Beavers in distress […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I importuned Stephen Barnard for three photos that I saw on his Facebook page, and he reluctantly but kindly complied. His notes are indented. Be sure to send me your good photos of wildlife, astronomical phenomena, or even landscapes, as the tank is draining (there’s still a decent backlog, though).  I have a note that I […]

Readers’ wildlife video

Reader Tara Tanaka (Vimeo site here, Flickr site here) has a beautiful new video taken at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Although the park was closed due to The Wall Fiasco, Tara wouldn’t let a little thing like that prevent her filming. Her notes: All of this footage was shot in January 2019, except […]

The furriest animal on Earth

I was entranced by the sea otters (Enhydra lutris) I saw on my recent visit to the California coast, and looked up some facts about them. One thing that astonished me was the almost unbelievable thickness of their fur. The facts from BBC Earth, referencing a paper in Acta Theriologica: In a 2010 paper, researchers compared […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the last installment of reader Joe Dickinson’s photos from Alaska taken about five years ago (part 1 is here and part 2 here).  Joe’s captions are indented. We were fortunate to see a pod of five or six humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) bubble net feeding just offshore near Juneau.  A local whale watch boat joined in […]