Bird’s Eye: It was tempting to try for a full circle (A scares B scares C… Scares Z scares A), but I feared it might be overkill. (Overkill scares Editor)
Bird’s Eye: You don’t get any rarer than extinct, but the sarcastic fringehead (a fish) certainly has the greatest name of any species of animal encountered on this side of the screen. (I taught some sarcastic fringeheads once, back in high school. That’s a whole different story.) Flying squirrels don’t fly (they glide). And Wired does have some very pretty pictures.
As we bid farewell to Lonesome George, the last of his Galapagos tortoise subspecies, remember that plenty of other species have been declared extinct pretty recently.
* The Sarcastic Fringehead The Presurfer
* Flying Squirrels Zuza Fun
Bird’s Eye: Well, they arecute, even if I was appalled to notice how much the polar bear cubs seemed like a Coke commercial waiting to happen. Bubble girl is at a demonstration for democracy in China, (does that justify the cuteness?) And it is amazing that the iPad has apps for cats, and that cats seem to like them. Enjoy.
* Polar Play Tom Mangelsen The Presurfer
In March of 2010, nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen traveled to Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba to photograph polar bears and their young emerging from their winter dens. Watch as these tiny, months-old cubs play and wrestle while their mother keeps a close eye on them from the den.
* Bubble Girl Eyewitness
* Zelda The Kitten Plays with the iPad Boing Boing
Bird’s Eye: The bird is dubious. Didn’t we run animals last week? Were there that many new good animal pictures this week? Aren’t you just scraping the bottom…oh, look! There’s an owl! OK, I guess you can run this then.
I really need to do something with that bird. In the meantime, enjoy.
* Baby Elephant in Mud Pit (Thanks, Diana)
* Joel Sartore’s Photos of Biodiversity New York Times
Move through the numbered shots on full screen: they’re fantastic!
* Impossible Plant-Animal Hybrid Dark Roasted Blend
Editor’s note: Monsanto could implant this gene into cows!
This is the ONLY natural example of genes shared between the living kingdoms of “plants” and “animals”
Shaped like a leaf? Check. Totally colored green? Check, although the young slugs are still colored brown until they eat their first “green” meal… but right after that, they’re ready to make pigment chlorophyll a all by themselves for the rest of their lives!
One thing about Elysia chlorotica, “a sea slug that has stolen enough genes to become the first animal shown to make chlorophyll like a plant” They don’t just use chloroplasts from the algae they eat – this phenomenon, though rare, is known as kleptoplasty. What’s more, they seem to have the particular genes that make them able to keep processing these chloroplasts in a consistent and sustainable way.
* Great Grey Owl’s Body Without Feathers (Thanks Cory)
* Southern Elephant Bull Seals In South Georgia The Guardian
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