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(do take a look, the video is less than a minute long :))
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Animal of the Week! What Is An Unau?

unau_evelinThe next time you want to insult someone really lazy or slow moving, say “ugh, you’re such an unau!”.  That’s pronounced yoo-no.  It’s also a great Scrabble word if you’re trying to get rid of two u’s, you know.

A Unau is a two toed sloth, weighing in at 10 – 20 pounds, that spends its life hanging upside down from trees in Central and South America.  According to the San Diego Zoo, these sloths “spend so much time upside down that they are the only mammal whose fur is parted running belly to back to allow water to run off quickly during rainstorms”.  Unaus grow green algae on their fur to blend in with their surroundings which is one of their few defenses against predators.  Primary predators of unaus include big cats like jaguars, birds of prey and even large snakes such as anacondas.  The green algae on their fur comes in handy not only as camouflage but as a source of food.  When the unau runs out of its usual repast of berries, leaves, nuts and the occasional rodent, she can eat the algae from her fur.  Yummy!

Unaus move along tree limbs by climbing limb over limb at, what can best be described as, a glacial pace.  They have four inch long claws which make it almost impossible to walk on land but they are adept swimmers.  They are known to drop down from their branches into water to swim across rivers.  Not surprisingly, these sloths sleep 15 – 18 hours a day (just like your teenager!) and have extremely low metabolisms.  They also have the most variable body temperature of any mammal with a range of 74 degrees to 92 degrees Fahrenheit.

And know you know about the unau!


More about etymology of the word, etc. here:
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(from FB's group, Golden Age of Illustration)
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Originally posted by [ profile] rose_cat at Christmas has come and the animals are cute
Merry (belated) Christmas :)


Sea lion Bella gives her keeper Sam Clark a smooch, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland

Eleven more pics and two embedded videos under the cut.

eleven more pics and two embedded videos, all child/work-safe )
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Nov 17

Just strolling along the beach with some baby wombats - no biggie! More Fan Photos here (Photo: )

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Originally posted by [ profile] levkonoe at Marjolein Bastin

Не надо оставлять здесь лайки. Я воспринимаю их как "на, отвяжись". Если вам нечего сказать о картине - просто идите мимо.

Автор картины - в заголовке, при копировании просьба указывать автора!

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Jan. 23, 2016---Male giant panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) woke up this morning to a lot of snow, and he was pretty excited about it. Giant pandas have thick woolly coats that keep them warm in the snowy mountains of China. #Blizzard2016

(by Smithsonian National Zoo)
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In a snow day at Polar Bear Plunge, the San Diego Zoo imported nearly 26 tons of their natural element for bears Kalluk, Tatqiq and Chinook on Dec. 18, 2015. The snow was made possible by donors to the animal care wish list on the zoo website — Video and photos provided by the San Diego Zoo. For story, see Times of San Diego at:
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A bit of positivity (and, perhaps, motivation ;)) for your Monday :)
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Originally posted by [ profile] levkonoe at Dick Twinney -"Wood mice and Old Boot"

Автор картины - в заголовке, при копировании просьба указывать автора!
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(from FB page Amazing World of Animals and Nature)
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Stone the crows! Bird hitches a ride on an eagle

AT first sight this crow appears to be having a ride on the back of a passing eagle.

By John Ingham
PUBLISHED: 18:38, Tue, Jun 30, 2015 | UPDATED: 18:53, Tue, Jun 30, 2015

But this is no joyride.

It is a David and Goliath battle which pitted America’s national bird against one of the world’s cleverest.

Read more... )


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