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Posted December 3, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Cats and Dogs around the World   Leave a comment


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According to Statistics Canada there are 3.5 million dogs in Canada and 4.5 million cats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

Posted November 20, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Bengal White Tiger swims for chunks of meat   Leave a comment


Although many big cats, like their diminutive domestic cousins, are none too fond of soggy fur and wet whiskers, tigers positively thrive in the water, and are often found enjoying a bath in rivers and ponds. Far from shunning water, the biggest of the big cats actively seek it out, with cooling temperatures a perfect tonic to the extreme heat of the day in much of Asia. Tigers are also powerful swimmers, capable of travelling up to 4 miles in the water and commonly seen carrying their kills across lakes.

So much for the swimming skills of tigers in the wild, but what about those of the creatures that find themselves in the arms of captivity? Well, the same rules apply, except that man-made bodies of water become each beast’s watering hole, and there are probably one or two more spectators than these naturally shy cats would prefer. Not so in the case of Odin, though, the famous white Bengal tiger living in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoo in Vallejo, near San Francisco.

Odin seems purr-fectly suited to the watery stage and can be watched in action diving daily for his meals in a large pool with glass walls – built to allow visitors to watch him gliding through the water with, says one British newspaper, “all the grace of a polar bear”. Now 8 years old, Odin has been making a spectacle of himself for quite some time, and with his pictures pasted all over the Web, this superlative swimmer’s popularity shows no signs of waning.

Odin was hand-reared at the zoo and once weaned, his trainer Lee Munroe soon discovered his talent for jumping in after chunks of meat thrown into a pool of water. Like other tigers – apart from the vegetarian variety – Odin loves the taste of fleshy goodness probably even more than he does a cool dip in the afternoon. But by no means every big cat will dive and swim underwater – even for meat treats – and that includes other tigers and jaguars, who also like the water.

Clearly Six Flags saw an opportunity for making their already exceptional looking white Bengal tiger even more of a crowd pleaser. Ten-foot long from nose to tail, and with the super sharp claws and teeth of all tigers, Odin is in many ways like others of his kin. The only major difference of course is that he is white. Neither an albino nor a distinct subspecies, the white tiger is a tiger with an unusual genetic combination – a recessive gene – that creates its pale coloration.

White tigers are incredibly rare in the wild, the last one seen there having been shot in 1958. There are dozens in zoos, but with the inbreeding of these popular beasts to preserve their special trait, white tigers are more likely to be born with physical defects such as cleft palates and curvature of the spine. That said, the future looks bleaker still for the species as a whole, as an estimated world population of 100,000 tigers at the start of the 20th century has shrunk to about 2,000 in the wild.

As we face up to the tragic possibility that within our lifetimes, zoos might be the only places left to observe these majestic animals, one final word about Odin to lighten the mood. Lest the tiger-phobes demonise him for his frightening expressions, it seems the funny faces he pulls are actually to stop water from going up his nose. Awww. Is an oversized clothes peg out of the question?

Posted October 9, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Alpacas are way better looking than Llamas   4 comments


 

An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance but is way cuter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Spitting

Not all alpacas spit, but all are capable of doing so. “Spit” is somewhat euphemistic; occasionally the projectile contains only air and a little saliva, although alpacas commonly bring up acidic stomach contents (generally a green, grassy mix) and project it onto their chosen targets. Spitting is mostly reserved for other alpacas, but an alpaca will occasionally spit at a human.

For alpacas, spitting results in what is called “sour mouth”. Sour mouth is characterized by a loose-hanging lower lip and a gaping mouth. This is caused by the stomach acids and unpleasant taste of the contents as they pass out of the mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Hygiene

Alpacas use a communal dung pile, where they do not graze. This behaviour tends to limit the spread of internal parasites. Generally, males have much tidier, and fewer dung piles than females, which tend to stand in a line and all go at once. One female approaches the dung pile and begins to urinate and/or defecate, and the rest of the herd often follows.

Because of their preference for using a dung pile, some alpacas have been successfully house-trained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Digestion

Alpacas have a three-chambered stomach; combined with chewing cud, this allows maximum extraction of nutrients from low-quality forages.

Alpacas will chew their food in a figure eight motion, swallow the food, and then pass it into one of the stomach’s chambers. The first and second chambers are where the fermentation process begins digestion. The alpaca will further absorb nutrients and water in the first part of the third chamber. The end of the third chamber is where the stomach secretes acids to digest food, and is the likely place where an alpaca will have ulcers, if stressed. The alpaca digestive system is very sensitive and must be kept healthy and balanced.

Posted September 4, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Pigs and Tigers, absolutely bizarre!   Leave a comment


It is absolutely amazing that the Tiger’s instincts didn’t kick in and cause the big cat to feast on the piglets.  These piglets should consider themselves fortunate.  On the other hand, having worked on a large hog farm and seeing many strange things indeed, I’m surprised the big sow pig didn’t eat the tigers. m

Sai Mai, a 26-month-old female tiger, plays with baby pigs at a zoo in Thailand’s Chonburi province, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Bangkok, on May 7, 2004?. The Royal Bengali tigress was born in captivity and breast-fed by a female pig for four months after her birth.

The zoo is trying to boost visitor numbers by teaching domestic animals such as pigs, and wild animals such as tigers, to live together in harmony from an early age.

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                            

Posted July 14, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Do the chickens have large talons?   Leave a comment


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Posted March 2, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Celebrities and their Doppelganger Animals   Leave a comment


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Not sure what that creature on the left is, but I recognize the other creature.

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Posted February 29, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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