As a cat owner, I've always wondered whether my cats have full control of their tails, or if they have "minds of their own." Some of them are constantly flopping around, others only do when the animals seem irritated and it's confusing, darn it! Scientists say that the arms of an octopus have minds of their own, which frankly doesn't surprise me at this point. Does it surprise you?
Where I live, iguanas are considered to be pets. I know a few people who have iguanas and of course they have names, habitats and daily attention from their human companions. But in different places of the world, iguanas are seen as a food source or even a pest problem that has to be dealt with, such as in Florida, where residents have been asked to kill the animals.
The fact that over 80% of our own ocean remains unexplored is unbelievable to me, and scientists tell us that most of the acoustics picked up in the ocean aren't even identified! We literally have an alien planet right amidst our own, and there could be anything lurking in the waters. How many creatures have we yet to discover? The giant squid alone is able to remain elusive from humans, so imagine what other life could be sharing the planet with us!
What's cuter than a dolphin? A pink dolphin, of course! This adorable baby dolphin was born recently to a rare pink dolphin who lives in the Louisiana area. They've been seen in the Calcasiey River and they pretty much give us hope that there's still beauty and wonder in the world.
When you plan your vacation, do you like to make sure you'll get to see some cool animals while you're traveling? What if you could be surrounded by animals you might otherwise consider to be dangerous? At the Predators of Heart Sanctuary, you get to hang out with "friendly" wolves in a Vancouver environment. There are ten acres to explore and an animal handler who will assist you during your visit. It costs $200 per person to visit.
Seen any beautiful pictures of animals this week? Hare are some stunning photos of animals you might not have ever seen before. Have you ever seen, for example, an albino elephant? How about a black jaguar, or a rainbow lobster? These animals are so stunning it's almost breathtaking to see them all. I think the rose fox and piebald fawn were my favorites.
Animal rescue stories are so beautiful not just because we root for an animal who made it through adversity but because it gives us hope in humanity. It makes us feel so much better to see the good stories of people who care, and we want to believe that there are more of those kinds of people out in the world around us than the alternative. Some kind people in Estonia recently saved a dog's life from a frozen lake, but the coworkers soon discovered that the dog was, in fact, a wolf!
As a kid, I remember marsupial pouches being something of a mysterious wonder, and I wished that I could have one to pull random things out of. While I'm glad that I don't have a pouch like that these days (nor a baby that tiny who has to crawl out to learn to survive), looking inside different marsupial pouches is nonetheless incredible. From the inside, it almost looks like an alien egg rather than a mammal from our planet!
In the last 100 years, baby tortoises have been absent from the population of tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, mostly due to our own fault. Humans haven't taken good care of the islands, overfishing and whaling and otherwise destroying the animals' habitats. We've even unwittingly diminished their numbers by bringing rats, animals that eat their eggs and ruin their nests, to their islands.