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Monday 25 August 2014 Tapeti - a Cottontail friend

TapetiThe Tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis), otherwise known as a forest rabbit are found in countries including; Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Panama. When full grown, these mammals can be anywhere from 9-17 inches (22-43 cm) long. They weigh about 1.5 - 2.2 lbs (0.7 - 1 Kgs) and can live up to three years. Although males are usually a bit smaller than the females the two genders are pretty comparable. This species has very short ears, short legs and a dark body and tail. These forest rabbits are capable of breeding all year round. Luckily these forest rabbits are in the low risk category for being an endangered animal.

The tapeti is very active all year round and you will usually find them hopping about. They are usually most active in the daylight hours. There have been several reports that this rabbit is capable of swimming. When parenting, the mother digs a nest about 5 inches deep and plucks off her own fur to put inside the nest to keep her young warm. The young feed off of their mother only once a day for less than five minutes. Although the mother does not go inside of the nest, she sits on top of the nest for her young to feed off of her. The male tapeti is not involved in caring for the young, but will help attack an enemy if approached.

When a predator approaches this animal it is capable of staying completely still for longer than 10 minutes if necessary. If they are approached when they are with their young then this species may attack using their nails. Fox, coyotes and large birds such as falcons, eagles and condors are predators to the tapeti. Just like any other rabbit, forest rabbits enjoy green weeds and grass. When food is scarce in the forest these animals may eat bark off of trees and small shrubs to make it through the season. In cooler countries this species may only be able to live off of bark and then would be known as a wood vegetarian. This beautiful species is greatly known for their ability to get as large as they do, and their beautiful coat that they develop as adults. You can help spreading the word about this animal by liking it on facebook

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Friday 08 August 2014 Roan Antelope - Goat- and Horse-like Antelope of Africa

Roan antelopeThe roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) appears as if evolution somehow crossed a goat and a horse to produce one of the most common large antelope species found in Central African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana. Both bulls and cows have the cloven hooves and beards of goats, but the long legs and short striped mane of a zebra. They get their common name from roan a color of domesticated horse (Equus caballus.) In horses, roan is a mixture of white hairs plus a base color. In the roan antelope, the colors are vivid white, brown and black.

Domesticated horses did not arrive in Africa until European and Middle Eastern conquerors brought them there. The Linnaean system of taxonomy is based on European perceptions. Since many African countries were colonized by the French, many Africans call the roan antelope “la Antelope Chevaline,” or “horse-like antelope.” Taxonomists and biologists are unsure if the ran antelope has more than one subspecies.

General Description

Roan antelopes have goat-like heads with a broad forehead tapering to a small muzzle. They have long, rabbit-like ears with white insides and dark edges. Their body confirmation is similar to a horse and has a tail and stiff, upright mane like a zebra. Their main coloration is a light brown with a dark dorsal stripe down the back. Their muzzles, hindquarters around the tail and circles around the eyes are white. Bulls have mahogany brown to black heads.

Both bulls and does grow black long, curving horns, but bulls grow longer horns than do does. Bull horns also sport prominent ridges, while doe horns are smoother. Bulls are taller than females. At the highest point of their shoulders, bulls average 4.62 feet (1.4 meters) and females average 4.29 feet (1.3 meters.) Both sexes weigh in at an average of 594 pounds (270 kilograms.) They may not sound like prizefighters, but adult roan antelopes have been known to kill adult lions.

Life Cycle and Behavior

Roan antelopes live in herds similar to wild horses. One dominant male protects a small harem of six to ten females and their offspring. Once bull calves reach sexual maturity at two to three years old, the dominant bull drives them away so they will not compete for breeding rights. This also helps to keep from inbreeding. Although fierce, the roan antelope’s main weapon is their speed. They can gallop up to 35 miles (56.3 kilometers) per hour. Sadly, their speed is no match for a hunter’s gun. The species is being poached for meat and for the spectacular horns.

Bulls rarely fight for supremacy of a herd, but when they do they fight so fiercely that serious injuries or deaths can occur. They clash their horns but also kneel on ground to deliver painful bites. Adults breed year round if food is plentiful. Cows carry their calves for nine months. They usually bear a single calf because a mother cannot produce enough milk to support two calves. With luck, they can live to be 18 years old.

Picture of the Roan antelope by Paul Maritz, licensed under GFDL You can help spreading the word about this animal by liking it on facebook

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Thursday 24 July 2014 The Weeping capuchin- a Social Learner

Weeping capuchinWeeping capuchins (Cebus olivaceus) are also called wedge-capped monkeys because of the dark hair on the top of their head resembling a monk’s cap. They are native to the semi-deciduous, tropical forest of South America in Venezuela, Guyana, and the Amazon Basin. Coloration is tan or cream, with a white face and chest and a wedge of dark hair on the top of the head. Weeping capuchins weigh an average of 2.5 to 3 kg (5.5-6.6 lbs.), with the male weighing up to 800g (1.7 lbs.) more than the female. Average length is 500 mm (19.6 in) and tails are as long as the body making the over-all length 840 mm (33 in). Their tail is prehensile, which means it can support their entire hanging weight. This skill is handy as they can use both hands to pick and eat food. Fruit, nuts, flowers, buds, bark, bird eggs, small vertebrates, insects, spiders, and crabs make up their diet. Weeping capuchin monkeys live in bands or troops, consisting of 10 to 30 members. Most of the members are females with their young, a few males, and a dominant male. The dominant male is the only one that mates with the females. Mating season is from October to February, but may be year-round, and females have one offspring every 18-24 months. Gestation is 145-170 days. The infants are able to grasp onto their mother’s chest within minutes of birth and spend the first few months clinging to her. Females mature in four years, males in 7. Weeping capuchins may live 45 to 55 years in captivity, while life expectancy in the wild is 34-36 years.

These mischievous little monkeys are very intelligent and often used in laboratories, research, shows at zoos, and in the motion picture industry. One famous little capuchin is Marcel, who played the pet monkey in the American television series “Friends.” Capuchin monkeys are often sold as pets, but they can be very destructive. Many, like Marcel in the series, are eventually donated to a zoo.

The main predators of the weeping capuchin monkey in the wild are humans. Some native populations hunt them for food and others are captured for labs and pets. Natural predators are large snakes, falcons, cats, and rodents. They are currently listed as “Least concern” on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.

Weeping capuchins are very social and groom each other. They make vocalizations that sound like someone weeping, which led to their common name. These monkeys are so smart that they have learned to crush a centipede and smear it on their bodies to repel mosquitoes. You can help spreading the word about this animal by liking it on facebook

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Two Talking Cats - and What They Are Saying

Cats talkingVery adorable video of two talking cats, they really seem to have a conversation. After you have watched it, watch also the next video, where you hear what they say in English, very funny...

Cats talking EnglishIn this video, you hear what they were saying in English, good video.

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Ninja cat

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Dog escaping from prison

Prison break dog Amazing footage of a dog escaping from its prison. Michael Scofield eat your heart out! Very clever, at the beginning of the video you wouldn't figure out how the dog would escape, right?

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Wolfish pair

Wolfish pairImagine relaxing in the sea, together, resting in the coral, would you see this picture in your mind? Click the picture of this wolfish pair to watch the video.

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Funniest animal videos

Funny animals This is one of the funniest animal videos featuring funny cats and dog videos, Tyson the skateboarding dog, penguins and even a polar bear. I really like the funny cats in the beginning, I am curious what you think? Half of the clip is of Tyson the skateboarding dog, so if you get tired of him, you can stop watching... Have fun!

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Monkey pulls dog tail

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Lion hugs rescuer

Lion hugs rescuerAbsolutely amazing story and movieclip about a lion that was rescued. Seems the king of the jungle has a softer side after all! Click here to view the movie where the lion hugs his rescuer

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