Saturday Surprise — Strange & Funny Critters!

Good morning folks … it’s the WEEKEND!!! I’m so happy when you guys make a little time to come by and visit at the beginning of the weekend … it makes my weekend that much better! Remember the time I did a Saturday Surprise post about unique animals?  Well … I’m in the mood today for some cute animals to bring a ray of light, since Mother Nature is doing a poor job of it these days.

First, let’s start out with some unique animals that most of us have never heard of, let alone seen!

This guy reminds me of a stern-looking grandfather …Emperor tamarinHe is actually an Emperor Tamarin, found through Central and the northern half of South America.  And this guy is a Cotton Top Tamarin, so named for obvious reasons.cotton-top-tamarin.jpg

Here we have a Magnificent Frigatebird, famous for its bright red, balloon-like throat pouch.

Frigatebird.jpgThis pouch is found on male frigatebirds, and they typically inflate it to get females’ attention.  Hmmm … it would certainly get attention, but I’m not sure I would be attracted.  But then … I’m not a bird.

Now aren’t these guys just adorable …

They are Peacock Spiders, native to Australia, and named for their bright colors and dancelike courtship rituals.  They are lifting a leg as part of the mating dance.

This next guy is so ugly he’s cute, if you know what I mean …Lowland_Streaked_TenrecHe is a Lowland Streaked Tenrec.  Tenrecs are like a cross between a shrew, an opossum and an otter, with a 5-6 inch body, long snout and vestigial tail.  Found only in the rainforests of Madagascar, its bright yellow stripes and barbed quills signal danger for predators

This is a Zebra Duiker and at first glance I thought it was perhaps a mammalian bumblebee!zebra_DuikerA member of the antelope species, the Zebra Duiker is found in the lowland primary rain forests of West Africa.  They’re tiny (30-35 inches long, weighing 40-45 pounds), with short, sharp horns and zebra-like stripes that help them hide from the many predators that eat them.  They also have super-powerful nasal bones, which allow them to use their face to crack open the tough exterior of certain fruits.

And lastly, this little guy …Honduran_White_Bat… is a Honduran White Bat, also known as the Ghost Bat, and is one of only two white bat species in the world.  They’re found only in the jungles of Central America, where they’re usually seen hanging in colonies of up to 6 from heliconia plants.

Next, I wanted to take a few minutes to look at some beautiful wildlife photography. Every week, The Guardian does a “Week in Wildlife” feature and I am always amazed at how the photographers get so close and get such beautiful shots.  Here are a few from the last couple of weeks …

This first one is called Bond of Brothers by David Lloyd, New Zealand/UK.Brother lionsThese two adult male lions, probably brothers, greeted each other by rubbing faces for 30 seconds before settling down. Most people never have the opportunity to witness such animal sentience, and Lloyd says he was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment.  Isn’t this heartwarming and gorgeous?

Here we have one called Fox Meets Fox by Matthew Maran, UK.Fox meets foxMaran has been photographing foxes near his north London home for more than a year, and ever since spotting this street art he longed of capturing this image. After countless hours and many failed attempts, his persistence paid off.  My question, though … are there normally foxes roaming the streets of London?

Here we have a rescued pangolin …


Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

… believed to be the world’s most trafficked animal, looking for food on a private property in Johannesburg, South Africa.

And that’s about all we have time for this morning, but of course what would an animal post be without a cute animal video???  This one is guaranteed to make you laugh!

I hope you enjoyed the animals today, hope you got a chuckle from the video, and most of all, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Keep safe and have fun, my friends!

40 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Strange & Funny Critters!

  1. Dear Jill,

    Thanks for introducing me to some interesting animal critters that were unfamiliar to me. I’m puzzled as to the fox in London as well. It’s amazing how the cat family will recognize someone they grew up with even years later. I’ll not be eating pangolin anytime soon.

    Those animals do make a lot of noise. They were fun to watch.

    Thanks for this fun post. Hugs, Gronda

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    • Perhaps the foxes in London realize that the humans do not carry guns as they do in this country, and so they aren’t as afraid of the humans?

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the animals. We all need a reprieve from humans sometimes 😉


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    • ‘Tis true that the greed and ignorance of the human race are leading to extinction of a number of species, which is unconscionable, for most of those species inhabited the earth long before humans came along. Mankind has proven to be the most destructive species and is on the path to bringing about his own extinction. However, I think that 97% figure may be somewhat exaggerated. I hope enough species remain that once humans are extinct, they can re-populate the earth with gentler, kinder critters.


  2. Benjamin arrived late this afternoon for another Gem sleepover, his parents are going to have an adults only night out. He sends Miss Jill a “Namaste” and a neck buster hug for this very loved post. At every photo he would say “that’s my favorite” until we scrolled down to the next. When we got to the Pangolin, he said : “Gem, you remember that people kill them, take the scale things and eat them. That is so not right!” We had watched a documentary months ago about them, his memory surprises me at times. The video caused hysterical laughter and he watched it twice! Thank-you x 2!! P.S. Benjamin is quite proud of himself, he was promoted to the intermediate class in ice hockey this morning…he thinks that “Miss Jill will want to know!”

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    • Knowing that Benjamin loved it makes my day! That little guy is ahead of me, for I had never heard of a pangolin! Now why do people take their scales? Of what possible use … ??? Please tell Benjamin I give him high fives and a 👍 for his promotion on the hockey team!!! And also thank him for the neck-buster hug and … Namaste, Benjamin! Hugs to you both!!!


      • Benjamin just finished his pancake breakfast and wanted to watch Miss Jill’s animal video. He was delighted by your comment and he said : “Crikey! I know so much about Pangolins. People eat the scale things cause they think they have magic that makes you not sick anymore.” He is right, Pangolins are considered to have magical and curative properties. The scales are made of keratin, same as human hair and nails. There is a huge demand for them in Asian countries for both the scales and their meat that is considered a delicacy. Pangolins are probably the most highly trafficked wild mammal and it could become extinct due to this and loss of habitat. We humans are decimating so much wildlife through our greed and foolishness. “Crikey” is Benjamin’s new favorite word since watching my old “Crocodile Hunter” videos on Friday…it was Steve Irwin’s birthday, I loved him as did my special little girl. Thank-you x 2!!

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        • Crikey! 🤣 Actually, one of my best friends (she lives in the UK) uses that all the time and I love it! Thanks for the info about the Pangolin! I’m glad Benjamin is still enjoying the video! The aforementioned friend tells me that video was on television over there not too long ago. Yes, there is an arrogance about the human species that has decimated much of the earth and is putting the finishing touches on its own demise, even as we speak. Sigh.

          Yes, I saw that it was Steve Irwin’s birthday and really wanted to do a post about him, and his children who are following in his footsteps, but I simply did not have time for the research. Perhaps at a later date, for I greatly admired him.


    • If both of you loved it, then I am happy! You both needed a bit of fun. Yes, I often think the same. In fact, I was at the grocery earlier today and people were pushing and shoving, and I stopped in the middle of the produce aisle, looked around, and said to myself, “Why do we need all these people here???” Sigh.

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  3. Your little temrec is like a cross between a shrew, a opossum, and a what? I see no otter, but I sure see a lot of mini-porcupine, or a hedgehog. Maybe he plays like an otter, that would be a cute video to see.
    I don’t know if youcan see it, but after I play your video, I get a choice of 9 more to watch. After this one, I get one about America’s Got Talent, where the first clip is about trained house cats. I am NOT in favour of training cats, but some tricks are actually quite cute. So are all the cats.

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    • Yes, I thought I saw porcupine in that tenrec, too. I went back to the video and at the end I got 12 other videos, but none had cats. I think they mix it up several times a day, or maybe every time it’s viewed … not sure how that works. Like you, I’m not big on training animals (except things like using the litter box and staying off the kitchen counters, of course), but such videos are still entertaining. I’d be happy if I could train mine to not fight! Of course, I wouldn’t mind training them to roll my cigarettes, either! 😉


  4. I once met an Emperor Tamarin

    His moustache twitched with a grin

    He said hello

    to the spiders below

    who answered with a peacock spin

    I love the variety of all these little critters Jill. Isn’t nature delightful and surprising? 😊🕷️🐒

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    • Glad you liked it! I haven’t seen a deer since I left the mountains of Tennessee! I do miss seeing wildlife … the closest we come here is a family of squirrels on the path behind our subdivision, and occasionally some ducks at the park. Of course, my cats sometimes qualify as “wild”life! 😀


  5. Apparently foxes, like a number of wild creatures, are finding it easier to survive in cities. Strange. And the Zebra Duiker looks very much like the first horses! This was fun. Thanks for the escape, brief though it was!

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