Thursday, July 17, 2008

Animal Facts : Camels have 3 eyelids

Desert winds often blow sand into the air. To protect their eyes, camels have long eyelashes (A) that catch most of the sand. If sand gets into an eye, a camel has a third eyelids to get it out (. Like a windshield wiper on a car, this extra eyelid moves from side to side and wipes the sand away. The eyelid is very thin, so a camel can see through it. In sandstorms, camels often close their third eyelid and keep walking. You might say that a camel can find its way through a sandstorm with its eyes closed.

Source: Care2

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Mother Of The Year Award‏

In a zoo in
California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops??

Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!

Tiger and little Pig
Mother Tiger, little Pig
little Pig, Mother Tiger
Tiger and little Pig

I have seen these photos many times, but never know the story behind.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Animal Facts : Do the humps on camels hold water?

Answer is No!

The humps on a camel's back are actually huge heaps of fat and flesh that can weigh as much as 80 pounds in a healthy camel. These humps help camels survive for weeks without food and water.

When water and food become scarce on the deserts where camels roam, the fatty humps serve as stored food and are used for nourishment. As the camel's body metabolizes or uses up the humps' stored fat, the hump becomes smaller and flabbier. So the longer the camel goes without eating, the smaller its hump gets. The size of a camel's hump helps determine a camel's health, food sources, and overall well-being.

These humps, or reserves of fat, are the reason why camels can go for days without water and food. While humans are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day, camels can go without water for up to 2 weeks!

Camel characteristics:

* Camels are the only animals with humps.
* Got milk? Camels can produce up to 600 liters of milk a year.
* Camels can close their nostrils.
* Camels eat just about anything. When camels are really hungry and there is no food around, they won't think twice about gobbling up people's tents, sandals, or blankets.
* Camels as professional boxers? In some countries camels are a source of entertainment. For example, camel fighting attracts audiences of all ages in several countries around the world.
* Are camels faster than a speeding bullet? Well not quite. But camels can run just as fast as horses, if not faster. Similar to horse races in the United States, camel races are a popular sport in Morocco.

Source: Care2

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Red Panda attacked

I search red panda on youtube after I read the news on my last post, and I found this video, funny. Have a look.

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Rejected Red Panda Adopted by Cat

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A newborn red panda rejected by its mother in Amsterdam's Artis zoo has been adopted by a domestic cat, the zoo said on Friday.

The cat is nursing the red panda, currently about the size of a kitten, along with her own four kittens, the zoo said.

The red panda was born on June 30 and rejected by its mother soon afterwards.

Red pandas look like raccoons and when fully grown are slightly larger than a domestic cat -- substantially smaller than the black and white giant panda.

"They are skilful climbers that, when not foraging on the ground, spend most of their time in the trees curled up with their long, bushy tails wrapped around their heads," the World Wildlife Fund conservation charity said on its website.

This poor little red panda was rejeted by her mother after she was born on June 30.
"She left them there, lying in the cold," said zoo
The zoo initially kept the cubs in an incubator. But a keeper's tabby cat had just given birth to four kittens, and let the two panda cubs join the crowd. Have a look at the photo, little red panda and mummy cat.

Source: Reuters uk

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Guess The Gender

A husband said to his wife, "It's a good thing you got that flyswatter the other day. I got four flies today. One was a male and three were females."
His wife asked, "How could you tell if they were male or female."
"Easy," he said. "One was on a can of beer and the other three were on the phone."

Here is another joke.

Source: Reader's Digest

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lion Love

Wow! This is touching.

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Lion Hugs Rescuer

This lion was rescued by his rescuer six years ago when he was found wounded in the jungle. See what happened between human and the lion after six years.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Friendship Never Ends


It was a friendship that could inspire a Disney movie. Oscar the dog and his best friend, Arthur the cat, were inseparable in life.

So, when 17-year-old moggy Arthur died, Oscar was left inconsolable. Their owners, Robert and Mavis Bell, buried Arthur in the garden.

But Oscar's love for his friend would not die – and during the night, he pulled the cat from his grave, carried him inside, laid him in the basket they used to share and gently cleaned him up.

Which is one of those things that's heartwarming when an animal does it, but kind of creepy when a human does the same.

Mr Bell found the pair curled up together in the basket. He said: 'Oscar had watched me bury Arthur. They had been inseparable.'

Arthur is now buried in a secure grave in the garden at the Bells' home in Wigan and Oscar has a new playmate kitten called Limpet.

'He's already very protective of her,' Mrs Bell said.

This article is so touching.

Source: Metro

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Story of Baby Hippo and Giant Tortoise


This is another post about giant tortoise.
I saw this in the net, and i feel that it is heart-warming.
A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a
century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'.
For more details, you can refer to the link below.

Source: Wikipedia

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

giant tortoise and child
giant tortoise
huge tortoise
little and big tortoise
giant tortoise and hawk

The lifespan of this giant tortoise is about 150 years, making it the longest-living animal on the planet. In captivity, some giant tortoises have lived as long as 177 years.
Look carefully at the fourth photo, can you see a tiny little baby tortoise?
Amazingly, this baby Galapagos Giant tortoise will grow to be as big as his Mum.

Source: DailyMail

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