A horse wearing a head cover stands in a park during the Dazhynki harvest festival in the town of Molodechno, some 30 miles northwest of Minsk.
(Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters / September 30, 2011) (via Photos in the news - chicagotribune.com)
I CAN BE YOUR WHALE-O A Beluga whale has become a sensation at the Shimane aquarium in Japan after learning how to blow halo-shaped bubbles. (Photo: Hiroya Minakuchi Minden / Solent News via the Telegraph)
A polar fox kit curls up against the rain at the Berlin Zoo.
Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images (via SFGate: Day in Pictures)
This cat is named Harvey Dent.
Lion Cameron and white tiger Zabu play together at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. A meeting between the two predators would have been impossible in the wild as they hail from different continents. The feline duo - aptly nicknamed The Odd Couple by their caretakers at Big Cat Rescue in Florida - were rescued from a roadside zoo around eight years ago.
Picture: Big Cat Rescue Florida / Barcroft Media (via Pictures of the day: 17 August 2011 - Telegraph)
What talent! Flawless forward roll!
God, I love Maru.
Got a cat? While you probably know lots about the furry feline, we bet there are some fantastically fun facts you don’t know.
You probably never thought about a cat as being either left- or right-pawed, but over 40 percent are either lefties or righties. That means there’s quite a few out there who are ambidextrous. Luckily for them, they can probably operate the can opener with both paws …
9. Warm or Cold?
Food that is. Cats don’t like their food too hot or too cold. They like it just right. And for them, just right is room temperature, just like their prey would be in the wild. Cats are indeed the Goldilocks of the animal world.
8. In Living Color
Cats see in color, so your new paisley frock in orange, purple, and yellow won’t be lost on them. They also have fantastic night vision, and only need one-sixth of the light humans require to see. So don’t go getting your cat night-vision goggles.
7. What’s in a Name?
A group of kittens is called a “kindle” (yes, just like that fancy new electronic book device available now), while a group of adult cats is called a “clowder.”
We all know the meow sound, whether it’s questioning, scared, happy, or imperiously demanding dinner. Curiously, cats only meow at people, not at other cats.
5. Four-Legged Mood Rings
Cats are highly intuitive creatures, and they are more than able to pick up your mood, especially from your tone of voice. They know when you’re yelling at them (though they often don’t seem to care). If you need your cat to calm down, try speaking to her in a soothing, loving voice. You’ll be amazed.
4. Lofty Beginnings
Ever wonder who invented the cat door? It was Sir Isaac Newton. Perhaps he was vexed by his cat wanting in and out all the time and disturbing his work, so he did something about it—much to the relief of cat lovers everywhere.
3. It’s All in the Fall
Cats really do land on their feet. In fact, they all fall in the same way. First they rotate their head, then twist their spine around, followed by a rear leg alignment and finally they relax into it and arch the back, thus lessening impact. But please, don’t experiment with this at home. Take our word for it.
2. Baby Machines 1. Individuality Like human fingerprints, cats have their own built-in unique tag of telling them apart—their nose! The nose pads of cats are all uniquely ridged, meaning no two are the same. So there you go, now you know more about your cat!
Unless you want a “clowder” of cats cluttering your home, spay, and neuter your furry feline. Just one pair of cats and their kittens can produce 420,000 (!) offspring in a mere seven years.
2. Baby Machines
Like human fingerprints, cats have their own built-in unique tag of telling them apart—their nose! The nose pads of cats are all uniquely ridged, meaning no two are the same.
So there you go, now you know more about your cat!Via http://www.divinecaroline.com/22063/90270-ten-fascinating-facts-cats#ixzz1Pb5DTn7O
Via the Mirror, who writes (re: UK’s heatwave):
These otters at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea were treated to specially-made iced lollies (Pic:Solent)