To be loved by an animal… I know how it feels. And I feel so, so grateful. This video is mostly for me to cherish. If you love cats, understand the bond that you can share with an animal, or want to be proven wrong and see for yourself how cats can be just as loving and affectionate as dogs…if not more - please enjoy. :)
Adorable. Reminds me of Smooshface. :)
One of 22 recently-born coatis is given a medical inspection by zoo keepers at Melbourne Zoo. The coati, which belongs to the larger raccoon family, was given a vaccination and micro-chipped to be easily identifiable in future.
Picture: EPA/JULIAN SMITH (via Animal pictures of the week: 20 January 2012 - Telegraph)
Arctic RIBBON SEAL
© NOAA / Michael Cameron via APRecently a Ribbon Seal was discovered sleeping on a dock in Seattle, Washington, USA. “I thought, ‘That’s an interesting-looking creature,’” Cleland told OurAmazingPlanet. “I had no idea what it was.”
A quick glance through a book in his office soon revealed it was a ribbon seal, an Arctic species that spends most of its life at sea, swimming the frigid waters off Alaska and Russia — which is where the pictured adult male ribbon seal was photographed in 2005.
Satellite tracking studies have revealed that ribbon seals do sometimes make it as far as the north Pacific Ocean, south of the Aleutian islands, but much about the species remains mysterious. Because they spend so much of their lives in the open water, it’s a challenge to track them.
“Unfortunately we don’t know a lot about their numbers,” Boveng said. “There’s never been a reliable survey.”The Seattle ribbon seal appears to be only the second on record to make it so far south.
In 1962, a ribbon seal showed up on a beach near Morro Bay, Calif., a town about 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. According to contemporary reports, the seal was in good shape, but totally bald except for hair on the head, neck and flippers. It died a month later at the local aquarium.
The Seattle ribbon seal’s story is unknown, but one could be forgiven for thinking it a harbinger of things to come. This week, cold winds from Alaska helped create a record winter storm in Seattle, slamming the metro area with 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of snow. Source
Welcome New Followers! photo by Lariko.Was I on the Radar today? I just got here and see all the new followers and don’t know why.Anyone know whats going on?