A critically endangered macaque monkey took his own photographs after grabbing a camera that had been left lying around by award-winning photographer David Slater! While visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Mr. Slater inadvertently left his camera unattended for a while. The forgotten camera soon attracted the attention of an inquisitive female from a local group of crested black macaque monkeys, known for their intelligence and dexterity. Fascinated by her reflection in the lens, she then somehow managed to start the camera and capture a most excellent self-portrait! Brilliant! More monkeys then joined in on the photo shoot. “One of them must have accidentally knocked the camera and set it off because the sound caused a bit of a frenzy,” Slater told the Daily Mail UK this week. “At first there was a lot of grimacing with their teeth showing because it was probably the first time they had ever seen a reflection.”
Love is in the air at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. More than 150 turtles crossed over an active runway and disrupted air traffic on Wednesday so that they could continue their mating season. The diamondback terrapins were trying to get to an ideal location to lay their eggs. That’s a sandy area that happens to be across Runway 4, according to Carol Bannerman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The turtles were primarily female, and the fertilization of their eggs occurs in the water, she said. JFK is surrounded by a bay and wetland areas. The first turtle was spotted at 6:45 a.m. and a short time afterward, Port Authority staff was dispatched and the U.S. Department of Agriculture assisted, according to Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico. “This happens every year,” Marsico said. “I guess some years there is more turtle activity.” After a turtle was spotted, it was picked up and moved to a better destination to continue nesting, Bannerman said. People began tweeting about the turtles soon after the news broke. Within 8 hours, @JFKTurtles had almost 3,000 followers on Twitter, even from airline accounts like Jet Blue who had this to say: “Oh […]
This is a just a really cool picture of a unique frog named the Hypnotoad. We though we go a step further and post some fun facts about frogs while your here: In General Frog Facts There is evidence that frogs have roamed the Earth for more than 200 million years, at least as long as the dinosaurs. The world’s largest frog is the goliath frog of West Africa—it can grow to 15 inches and weigh up to 7 pounds. A goliath frog skeleton is featured in Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. One of the smallest is the Cuban tree toad, which grows to half an inch long. While the life spans of frogs in the wild are unknown, frogs in captivity have been known to live more than 20 years. There are over 4,900 species of frogs worldwide. Scientists continue to search for new ones and estimate that more than 1,000 frog species have yet to be described. Toads are frogs—the word “toad” is usually used for frogs that have warty and dry skin, and shorter hind legs. The Frog Physiology Frogs have excellent night vision and are very sensitive to movement. The bulging eyes of most frogs allow […]
Despite having the coolest dog name possible Yoda is now the coolest ugly dog in the world. Yoda, a Chinese-crested Chihuahau, wasn’t exactly blessed with good looks. But now this 14-year-old pooch has something to show for it. The strange-looking dog was crowned World’s Ugliest Dog at the annual contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California. The small canine weighs in at just 1.8 pounds and has wiry hair, off-set eyes and large, protruding ears. Yoda’s owner, Terry Devine Schumacher, explained that she first thought the dog was a rat when the canine was found by her daughter in a field. But the family quickly grew to love Yoda, despite her bizarre looks. And sometimes it pays to be ugly. Yoda takes home a prize of $1,000 and a big trophy. The pup will also have a special photo session with Kira Stackhouse of Nuena Photography and a pampered overnight stay in the luxurious Loft Suite at the Sheraton Sonoma County. Yoda was a crowd favorite and easily won the vote. This year, the officials of the contest allowed people to send in votes via text message and Yoda quickly skyrocketed to the top spot in the competition. We’re […]
A trio of rare Snow Leopard cubs have made their public debut at a zoo in Switzerland this week. The as yet unnamed triplets, born in Basel Zoo eight weeks ago, were displayed on Wednesday with their proud parents. Mayhan, the cubs’ mother, was paired with father Pator in 2009 as part of a Europe-wide zoo breeding program. The pregnancy was confirmed in January this year. The zoo said the cubs, who are still being suckled by their mother, are expected to remain in Basel for their first three years but will later travel as ambassadors for their endangered species. Snow leopards are usually found in the Himalayan ranges of central Asia at altitudes of up to 6,000 meters. The species has been pushed to the brink of extinction by farmers protecting their livestock and hunters who sell its fur and body parts, which are prized by some traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. There are now an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards left living in the wild, according to the Snow Leopard Trust.