We’ve got humor, weirdness, newness, and cuteness. What else could you want? And please be sure to read the story of the wolf pack at the end. I found it deeply touching. Alas, alert readers have informed me the explanation of the wolf pack photo is incorrect. See below if you’re interested.
Cows have best friends, and are known for being highly sociable.
Purple flourescent harlequin frog
Mary River turtle, Australia. By Chris Van Wyk on flickr
By Dawn Quadling
Spiny flower mantis by Yvonne Spane
Another questionable animal, suggestions welcome.
This is real. I checked.
Not sure what this is. Suggestions or answers welcomed.
Wild dog pup
Bat-eared Fox, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa by Isak Pretorius.
Red Colobus monkey, Zanzibar in Africa by Isak Pretorius
The Olinguito is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
This is the barely-seen ili pika, a shy mountain animal from China, who was recently spotted for the first time in 20 years.
The maned wolf is the tallest of all wild canids Its long legs are an adaption to the tall grasslands found in its native habitat in South America.
The racoon dog from East Asia is named after its resemblance to the racoon, but they are not related. They are very good climbers and often climb trees.
The pink fairy armadillo is just 3.5-4.5 inches in length (excluding the tail)
Gerenuk in Somali means Giraffe-necked. From E. Africa, the neck and ability to stand on their long legs allows this antelope to reach into trees.
Fossa. This cat-like carnivorous mammal is from Madagascar.
Lions in the rain.
Tempted by a fig tree, a Borneun Orangutan climbs 100 feet. With males weighing as much as 200 pounds, orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animal.
By Debbie Dicarlo on flickr
A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack.
If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack.
In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed.
Then come 5 strong ones, the front line. In the center are the rest of the pack members,
then the 5 strongest following. Last and alone, the alpha. He controls everything from the rear. In that position he can see everything, decide the direction.
He sees all of the pack.
The pack moves according to the elders pace and help each other, watch each other.” This remarkable image was captured by Cesare Brai.
According to Snopes and thanks to readers, the above description is not accurate. “This photograph is “real” in the sense that it shows a pack of wolves in Wood Buffalo National Park, but the pack is not being led by the three oldest members and trailed by an “alpha” wolf, as implied by a viral Facebook post. Instead, one of the stronger animals leads the group in order to create a path through the snow for them.” If you’re interested in more details including info about what “alpha” actually entails, go here.
Thanks to: Sam, Jen C., Jen H., John, George, Kathleen, Murray, Neil, Merry, Wim, Anita, Lawrence
Also to: Flickr finds on Colossal.