Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The tiny crustaceans burrow under boulders and roots in streams, feeding on dead plants, fruits, carrion and small animals in the water at night.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
"The bear was tranquilized by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department and it fell onto some mats that the Rec Center provided," CU Police Department spokesman Ryan Huff told the paper. "It is now in a cage and it will be relocated at a higher elevation."
The origin of this “holiday” is unknown. We suspect it was created by the manufacturer of a wonderful cat hair removal implement ... (hint: FURminator - we'd love a free sample to review.)
National Hairball Awareness Day is getting some coverage on the interwebs - the best being ModernCat's collaboration with jewelry designer Heidi Abrahamson to create an exclusive line of fine jewelry for men featuring cat hairballs.
These cufflinks and tie tack are the perfect accessories for men who feel that the cat hair which normally accumulates on their clothing is not sufficient:
I wish the hairballs produced by my three cats were this attractive. Generally, ours are longer, grayer, and coated with slime. Not jewelry material at all.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Just playing in the back yard, our new puppy, Poppy, had two ticks and a few fleas in her fur. Good thing we had a sample of DERMagic Flea Bar which I was waiting to use on an occasion just like this.
First off, the DERMagic Flea Bar smells wonderful!
We thought that the bar would be more difficult to apply than a liquid soap, but that wasn't the case. The lather was nice, easy to use, and we didn't have spilled liquid shampoo all over the place.
The DERMagic Organic Diatomaceous Earth Flea Bar uniquely uses a combination of diatomaceous earth and essential oils. Diatomaceous earth is deadly to any insect or larvae, each tiny “shell” is very sharp, like razor blades to insects, but completely harmless to all animals, fish, birds, both externally and internally.
Poppy is now clean, sweet smelling and insect free. Thank you, DERMagic!
DERMagic website for this product and their entire line of skin care for animals.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wilson says that animal photography requires patience and a love of animals. Shelter photography requires much more. In "I Shoot Dogs," he offers some great tips for any fledgling photographers who would like to volunteer at their local shelter.
Netsuke had to be small and not too heavy, yet bulky enough to do the job. They needed to be compact with no sharp protruding edges, yet also strong and hardwearing. Above all they had to have the means of attaching the cord.
Although netsuke were made in a variety of forms, the most widely appreciated is the katabori (shape carving). This is a three-dimensional carving, such as this one. Katabori netsuke made in the early 1700s were less concerned with realistic portrayal of their subject. Here, for example, the carver has caught the spirit and character of a dog. However, he has not tried to show surface detail, such as the fur. Another typical feature found on early examples of this type of netsuke is the distinctive himotoshi (cord holes). One hole was considerably larger than the other to accommodate the cord knot, although you cannot see them on this example.
Sometimes called “the stinkers of the forest,” Tamanduas give off a strong smell to mark their territory and scare away other animals.
Photo: Delaina Clementson
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
By the way, here's what they looked like right after hatching:
The two-year-old pup with a fetching face and a winning personality was crowned the winner of this year's "Beautiful Bulldog" pageant Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tyson beat out 49 other pups for the honor Monday in the tongue-in-cheek contest, now in its 33rd year.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The sighting in waters off the Kamchatka peninsula is believed to be the first time such a whale has been spotted in the wild.
Researchers said the marine mammal, whom they nicknamed Iceberg, was swimming with its mother and siblings, and appeared to be fully accepted by its 12-strong family.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
We found this excellent photo at Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue. CCDR, was formed in August 2000 as a non-profit organization. They are dedicated to rescuing Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes all across the country and will help all Dachshunds regardless of health or age.
Please visit their website and help if you can.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
A male leopard with a strawberry-colored coat has been spotted in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve, conservationists announced this week.
Tourists in the reserve had occasionally seen the unusual animal. But it wasn't until recently that photographer and safari guide Deon De Villiers sent a photograph to experts at Panthera, a U.S.-based wild cat-conservation group, to ask them about the leopard's odd coloration.
It is suspected that the pale leopard has erythrism, a little-understood genetic condition that's thought to cause either an overproduction of red pigments or an underproduction of dark pigments.
Credit: Liew Weng Keong | Shutterstock
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Creatures from el
Ellen’s fantastical creatures reside in the outer realms of imagination, given wings of metal, clay, and acrylic paint though their gorgeous if slightly grotesque forms look just as real as the animals they were conjured from. All her sculptures are available at her etsy, where you can commission your own mythical or real beast.