Saturday Surprise — Nature ‘n Critters

After the week we’ve had … WHEW!  I think we need a breather, a break from the madness, don’t you?  So, I made a few stops here ‘n there and decided to go with some interesting nature pics (in other words, critters!!!) I found in The Guardian’s Week in Wildlife feature.  Just seeing the wonders of nature and the cuteness of the critters will relax you and make you set aside your angst for a few minutes.

Bryde-whale

A Bryde’s whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand. The species has been spotted more frequently after the absence of tourists during the pandemic, which raises hopes of the marine ecosystem being restored after years of damage

anteater

An anteater is released in the Amazon forest after receiving veterinary treatment in Rondônia state, Brazil. Creatures of the Amazon, one of the earth’s most biodiverse habitats, face an ever-growing threat as loggers and farms advance further into the territory

koala

A young female koala named Ash sits on a Eucalyptus branch at the Australian Reptile Park in Sydney. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent intervention

porcupine

A wounded crested porcupine at the veterinary clinic of the ministry of the environment, waiting to be treated and released, in San Salvador

jaguar

An injured adult male jaguar walks along the riverbank at the Encontros das Águas park, in the Porto Jofre region of the Pantanal in Brazil. The Pantanal is suffering its worst wildfires in more than 47 years

hornet

A European hornet eats a rotten pear near Rennes, western France

golden-frog

A golden frog at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, a rainforest near Panama City. Cocooned from the outside world, 200 critically endangered golden frogs are living a sheltered existence in Panama, protected from a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out a third of the country’s amphibian species

red-admiral-butterfly

A red admiral butterfly closes its wings on a sunny day in Hengistbury Head, Dorset. • This caption was amended on 21 September 2020. It is not a peacock butterfly as the picture agency originally stated.

spider-web

Ash from nearby wildfires clings to the threads of a spider web in a blackberry thicket in western Oregon, US. Ash has been raining down in the area for the last due to the fires

grasshopper

An Adimantus ornatissimus grasshopper rests on a tree near New Delhi on 9 September. The grasshopper family is one of the most diverse, including more than 6,700 valid species around the world.

mountain-lions

P-54, a three-year-old mountain lion living in the Santa Monica mountains, gave birth to a litter of kittens – males P-82 and P-83, and female P-84 – last May. Researchers believe this is her first litter. A mountain lion baby boom has occurred this summer in the Santa Monica mountains and Simi hills west of Los Angeles. Thirteen kittens were born to five mountain lion mothers between May and August, according to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

black-apes

A herd of Sulawesi black apes (Macaca tonkeana) waiting for passersby to provide food on the Trans Sulawesi road section, Parigi Moutong regency, Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia on 8 September. Even though the local natural resources conservation agency has prohibited the provision of food to endemic animals because it can change their behaviour, many passersby ignore the ban.

koala

Eight-month-old koala joey Jasper clings to mother Nutsy at Sydney zoo on 8 July.

woodpeckers

Acorn woodpeckers look for bugs in a dead tree in the Angeles national forest where the Bobcat fire is burning above Duarte, California about 27 miles north-east of Los Angeles on 7 September.

ferret

Although protected by the US Endangered Species Act since 1973, there are only about 300 black-footed ferrets alive in the wild today, spread across about 20 sites in the western US, Canada and Mexico. Habitat loss and the widespread shooting and poisoning of prairie dogs are factors, but nothing poses a greater threat than the plague-carrying bacteria Yersinia pestis.

vulture

Smoke from numerous nearby wildfires tints the sun a vivid colour as a vulture is silhouetted on its perch on a dead tree near Elkton in western Oregon on 9 September. Hot and dry weather continues in the Pacific north-west with the potential for more massive wildfires.

macaw

A macaw seeking food about to land on an antenna in Caracas, Venezuela on 5 September. Caracas’ signature bird, the blue-and-yellow macaw, is one of four such species that inhabit the valley. Legend has it that it was introduced in the 1970s by Italian immigrant Vittorio Poggi, who says he nurtured a lost macaw and trained it to fly with his motorcycle as he cruised around his neighbourhood.

dragonfly

A ditch jewel dragonfly (Brachythemis contaminata) seen on the outskirts of New Delhi on 6 September.

prairie-chicken

A male lesser prairie chicken climbs a sage limb to rise above the others at a breeding area near Follett, Texas. Wildlife advocates say efforts to restore the birds could be set back by a proposal made on 4 September to exempt areas from habitat protections that are meant to save imperilled species.

And there you have this week’s selection of wildlife photos.  Some are so adorable, some unique in ways of their own, and some are just … weird-looking.  But, as they say, never judge a book … or a critter … by its cover … or its fur!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the cute pics today, hope they brought a smile to your gorgeous faces, and now I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  And to start you off on the right foot … here’s a funny critter video!

28 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Nature ‘n Critters

  1. The photos are beautiful and do indeed give reason to smile…until one reads the writing beneath a number of them! Several of those poor creatures, the Koala in particular, are facing uphill battles for survival due to human causes. “The Earth we abuse and the living things we kill, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.” – Maya Mannes (Nov.14, 1904 – Sept.13, 1990). Forgive the negativity, but unless humans reverse course quickly more critters will become extinct. Thank-you!

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    • Yeah, as I was adding the captions I did realize that it rather added a touch of angst to a post that was intended to bring only smiles. But, facts are facts and I was hoping the pictures would still give pleasure. That quote by Ms. Mannes is perfect. Yes, we are bringing about the extinction of many species, including our own, but people are so focused on their pleasure, their greed & arrogance, that they wear blinders.

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    • Thanks, Keith! Glad you liked them. No, I would not want to happen upon that spider, especially in the middle of the night, but I would still rescue it, as I do all the critters that find their way into our house! Well, almost all … I am guilty of having murdered a pair of flies last week. 😥

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        • Many years ago when we lived in the mountains of Virginia, my neighbor was cleaning out a closet when she found a den of snakes. Her husband was at work, so she called and asked me to send my husband up to get rid of the snakes. He did … but like me, he couldn’t bring himself to kill a critter, so he took them, one by one, and set them free in the woods behind our house. My neighbor was so distressed, for she wanted him to kill the snakes! I can only imagine her shock at reaching into the closet and finding a bunch of snakes!

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