Wombats are really cool little marsupials which are only found in Australia. These guys live in burrows and have strong claws for digging. Their pouch faces backwards so that soil doesn’t collect and cover the young wombats as they are burrowing around.
She looks at you crazy, but don’t take it personally! She’s just a little confused with all the attention she has been getting recently. Meet Heidi the cross-eyed Opossum, a magnificent marsupial creature who has recently been taken in at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany.
These crazy creatures are unbelievably old. Estimated at 200 million years, that’s almost 150 million years older than the last known dinosaur went extinct! They have been rocking our world for so long that our presence appears as just a blip on their seemingly eternal reign. Can we learn something from these guys? Do they hold the secret to everlasting youth? Okay, so their direct ancestry dates back a little before ours and even before that of the dinosaurs, what’s the big deal? Well actually, this means that a lot can be learnt from these ancient beasts, how have they managed to do this? Scientists are investigating these many questions and hope to provide an answer that will aid not only the longevity of the human race, but also help prevent mistreatment and protect these reptiles by showing them in a better light.
Following our 10 Most Venomous Animals post last month, we are going to look at which of the world’s animals are most dangerous to human beings! You will be surprised that it’s not always the scariest or most poisonous animal that is our biggest killer! In this Top 10… list we will explore the world’s biggest animal threats towards us humans. It goes without saying that humans kill the most humans, we are our own biggest enemy. However, we also have diseases, wars and man-made objects to slow down human domination a little. Animals are helping us out too! What follows are the top 10 most dangerous human killing animals on earth!
Today’s photo fact is about the Cassowary, the Australasian member of the Ratite group, which include other notable flightless fowls such as the Ostrich, Emu and the Kiwi.
With a distinct blue head and a bizarre cask on their head, they are usually shy and rarely spotted in the wild. This young one obviously hadn’t yet realised it was supposed to be shy and was found ambling across the road!
They are quite aggressive, and have been known to attack people with their powerful legs and sharp claws, so best stay out of their way and take pictures from a distance…
The Marsupial Mole is actually not a mole but a curious little marsupial creature, only about 15 centimetres long. The characteristic of a marsupial is that the female of the species has a pouch to carry its young in. The Marsupial Mole is from the red deserts of Western and South Western Australia where it spends its time burrowing around in the dry flat riverbeds and dunes. The local aboriginals call it Itjaritjari.