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.
We’ve covered our Arctic bear buddies before when we looked at 10 facts about these magnificent creatures. Now we’ll take a look at what these guys get up to in their daily lives to survive this harsh environment. Known as the Sea Bear, this white bundle of snow flakes is the only bear that spends so much time in and around the water. Unlike its cousins, Polar Bears mainly eat goodies that come from the sea. The hearty goodness of Seals, Walrus, Whales, Sea-birds, Kelp and Fishies make up most of its diet. For an Apex predator there’s no better feeling than showing who rules the Arctic.
Our latest photo fact animal is the Southern White Rhinoceros, more accurately known as the Square-lipped Rhinoceros. These guys are larger than their Black counterpart but far less skittish! Dominant males will mark their territory, for example using dung middens, to which they will return repeatedly to top up! There are 5 species of rhinoceros, White, Black, Sumatran, Indian and Javan. Strangely enough as you can see from the picture these guys aren’t actually white but grey!
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!
Sea turtles are some of the most wonderful animals you can see in action in the wild, as you are able to get up close to them and observe various stages of their life cycle without disturbing them. The most obvious way is to grab your snorkel set and swim with them. The Green Sea Turtles are relatively easy to find as they tend to live in shallow lagoons. Sea turtles also nest on land, favouring particular beaches to bury their eggs and then leave them to hatch themselves a couple of months later. This gives you the opportunity to observe them at close quarters and watch their fascinating behaviour.
As a continuation of the 10 facts about bears series this time I am covering the Sun Bear. It is one of eight different species of bear comprising the American Black Bear, Brown Bear, Giant Panda, Polar Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Spectacled Bear and the Sloth Bear. I will also add the Sun Bear to the Vital Statistics series.
1.At just 120cm from nose tip to tail tip and reaching up to only 70cm tall on all fours, this Sun Bear geezer is definitely petit and certainly not what springs to mind when one conjures up images of bears.
2.These guys have some serious toe nail issues. Measuring in at about 10cm each, Sun Bears have ridiculously long and curvy claws. They are very handy with them too, using them to dissect trees and shred open termite mounds and beehives. They are also useful for helping them grip when climbing.
3.Sun Bears walk a little funny. The feet of a Sun Bear turn inwards slightly. This is thought to be an adaptation of its tree climbing nature. Along with its long curvy claws and inward pointing feet it also has bald flat soles on its large paws, which would all aid climbing. The female has been observed cradling its cubs while walking on its hind legs, a very unusual trait for a bear.
I am hesitating to write this simply because it has everything and nothing to do with what I want this weblog to be. A place where people who care for animals in any shape or form can come to get information or amuse themselves with the wonderful animal facts and videos. Not a place where politics and protest will influence what I put on the site, yet it seems this can’t be avoided. As unqualified as the politicians and their advisors seem to be, it is they who will shape the life or death of our world’s species, including us humans. For this reason I want to dedicate a little article to the Copenhagen Summit currently taking place. Time is running out, fast.