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 …He 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.
Here we have a Magnificent Frigatebird, famous for its bright red, balloon-like throat pouch.
This 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 …He 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!A 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 …… 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.These 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.Maran 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 …
… 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!