Amazing Animal Stories

Monday, 25 July 2011

Amazing animal stories

Amazing Animal Stories- Animals keep making the news in droves.
Monkey camera self portraits
+crested macaque named for crest of hair top of head

Monkey steals camera, takes self-portrait

Three years ago wildlife photographer David Slater spent three days photographing a group of crested black macaque monkeys in an Indonesian national park. As he was trying to fend off some monkeys, another monkey approached his tripod-mounted Canon 5D and started playing with the remote shutter release.
Crested black macaque
The Celebes crested macaque, also known as the crested black macaque, Sulawesi crested macaque, or the black ape, is an Old World monkey that lives in the northeast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi as well as on smaller neighboring islands.
Its skin and hairless face is, with the exception of some white hair in the shoulder range, entirely jet black. The long muzzle with high cheeks and the long hair tuft, or crest, at the top side of the head are remarkable. The tail is only approximately 2 cm (1 in) of stub. With a total body length of 45 cm (18 in) to 60 cm (24 in) and a weight of 7 to 10 kg, it is one of the smaller macaque species.

Seriously, pet skunks?

+pet skunks remove stink sack
15 pet skunks biters

Giant squid found off Florida coast

+giant squid florida 25 feet
The Kraken was launched at the University of Florida – not the legendary sea monster, but a giant squid real life found off the coast of the Atlantic. Three anglers discovered the giant team of nearly 25 feet long, floating 12 miles of Jensen Beach.
Giant squid florida 200 pounds
An 8 metre (25 foot), 200 pound (90kg) giant squid has been discovered by a group of fisherman floating off Port Salerno, Florida. The three men claim the squid was still moving when they hauled it into their boat and that the suckers stuck to them even when it was onboard.
Florida Museum of Natural History
In the over 100 years of operation the Florida Museum of Natural History has been housed in several buildings, from the Seagle Building in downtown Gainesville , to the three halls on-campus and one off-site research facility.

Dinosaur-era feather colors revealed

Dinosaur feather colors high-tech x rays
Dinobird," a 150-million-year-old fossil for an animal that looked half dinosaur and half bird, has just yielded some important chemical clues, according to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.
Confuciusornis sanctus
Confuciusornis is a genus of crow-sized, primitive, birds from the Early Cretaceous of China, approximately 120 million years ago. Like modern birds, Confuciusornis had a toothless beak, but close relatives of modern birds such as Hesperornis and Ichthyornis were toothed, indicating that the loss of teeth occurred convergently in Confuciusornis.
dinosaur feather colors

Australia's most overweight dog?

Australia fat dog 187 pounds
Hello, I'm 15 nearly 16 and I weigh 186 pounds (13.3) stone. Is this ok for a 6 foot 2 male?
Definitely - the average American at this point is closer to 200 and only 5'8".
I really don't buy into the BMI, but your BMI at that height and weight is still within the range of "normal weight."
Sampson Australia overweight dog
SAMPSON the larger-than-life labrador could be Australia's most obese pet.
At 85kg, he is a staggering 42kg over his ideal weight.
The hulking hound is so fat and so unfit that staff at the Animal Aid shelter in Coldstream say it will take him until Christmas to shed half his massive frame.

China kicks off panda census

Wanglang National Reserve
China has started counting its endangered pandas on Sunday, June 26, 2011 and is using panda droppings for the “once every decade” panda census.
According to Xinhua News Agency on its official website on Monday, the China panda counting began on Sunday with a pilot survey in the Wanglang National Reserve in Mianyang City.
Sichuan southwest China
Sichuan Province, located in southwest China, is one of the largest and most inaccessible provinces in the nation. This province covers an area of 485,000 kilometers (187,000 miles) and boasts the largest population in China, with 87 million people.

First cookiecutter shark attack on human?

It wouldn't be summertime without headlines about shark attacks. But a recently reported incident was the first documented case of a human getting bitten by a small species of shark with an especially vicious bite. The cookiecutter bit a chunk out of a swimmer's leg. After emergency surgery, it took many months for the wound to heal.
shark attacks
"cookiecutter shark" 2009 hawaii
"cookiecutter shark" skin graft
first cookiecutter shark attack

Rare white buffalo named

More than 2,000 members of an Indian tribe attended the recent naming ceremony for a white buffalo calf at a ranch in northeast Texas. The animal holds a sacred place in the tribe's tradition.
Texas, United States
+white buffalo goddess of peace"
Lightning Medicine Cloud
Rare white buffalo named

Dog paralyzed in tornado walking again

A 10-year-old cocker spaniel that was paralyzed after bolting out of a storm shelter during the Joplin, Mo., tornado is now walking again.
+sugar paralyzed cocker spaniel
dog paralyzed joplin tornado
JOPLIN, Mo. - She weighs 30 pounds dripping wet and is old for a cocker-chow mix, but "Sugar" wasn't going to let 200 mph tornado winds write her final chapter.
Her will to live and nerosurgery by the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to repair paralyzed hind legs has this fesity dog 
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