blessed to have touched the sun
cinzia, 19, this blog is mostly pop music and birds I guess
( Spectators)


via: hyacynthus
source: snake-lovers

hyacynthus:

adorablesnakes:

snake-lovers:

Dasypeltis sp.

Snakes are weirdos in the best possible way.

They actually break the egg using hypapophyses on the ventral side of their vertebral column - spines that stick out of the belly-side as seen in the photos below:

For more photos and videos of these wonderful snakes doing their derpy egg-cracking wriggle, I refer you to this excellent blog post here!

(Photos from Google Images)


creatures-alive:

Armadillo girdled lizard by Trevor Hardaker

creatures-alive:

Armadillo girdled lizard by Trevor Hardaker


becausebirds:

The magical Tufted Coquette! This beautiful hummingbird can be found sipping nectar in South America.


sdzsafaripark:

Baby on Board by Angie Bell

sdzsafaripark:

Baby on Board by Angie Bell


crookedindifference:

Hammerhead Shark X-Ray

crookedindifference:

Hammerhead Shark X-Ray



magicalnaturetour:

A koala takes a ‘selfie’ using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Photo credit: EPA/WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

A KOALA SELFIE

magicalnaturetour:

A koala takes a ‘selfie’ using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Photo credit: EPA/WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

A KOALA SELFIE


brazenbvll:

Gannets : (©) 

brazenbvll:

Gannets : (©


jaws-and-claws:

Gänsegeier by CROW1973 on Flickr.

jaws-and-claws:

Gänsegeier by CROW1973 on Flickr.




via: bochelly
source: thejunglenook
Anonymous asked: Hey! I was wondering if you could talk about animal testing/experiments? I know I grew up hearing purely negative things about animal testing, so I'd like to hear your opinion. Are there good and bad kinds? What are they? Is there a difference between... like... academic versus commercial testing? Thanks!

thejunglenook:

Hello darling Anon,

I have a few posts on this topic that you can read first, and then if you have any follow up questions please feel free to ask. I don’t want to rewrite those posts (they can be quite lengthy) but I want to answer all of your questions because what you are doing is So Terribly Important!!! Like if more people went “hmm, I’ve always been told _____ but I wonder if that’s actually true. What’s the other side of this story?” before jumping to conclusions the world would be a much better place.

  • Why are the ALF’s activities hurting their own cause? -
    Animal rights extremists, pseudoscience and propoganda, and how they undermine real animal welfare work. They are very vocal so many anti-research things you hear come from extremist groups (ALF, ALM, etc) or their friendly looking face companies (HSUS, PETA, etc)

  • Why I differentiate between animal testing and animal research - 
    Because there is a difference in trying to cure HIV / AIDS - the world’s leading infectious killer (x) - and creating an anti-aging creme or yet another erectile dysfunction pill.

  • An ask about animal research - 
    Because all those cruel horrible conditions you’ve heard about did happen… but it was at least 30 yrs ago, not yesterday like ARAs would like you to believe. This also touches on some of the many changes and improvements that have happened, and are continuing to happen, in the animal research world. 

I hope you read these and feel free to ask me anything you like on the subject of animal research. This is an open invitation. My colleagues and I get hate mail and death threats because of the work that we do (and I do behavioral research!), and it’s all because of the misconceptions and propaganda spread by animal rights activists. I know I must remain semi-anonymous (for safety reasons) on here, but I would like to think I’m doing some small part in dispelling some of those ARA lies. 

~S 


ucsdhealthsciences:

Delivering Imani’s baby was truly a team effort.
Here’s our anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Greenberg getting some cuddle time with the baby gorilla.

this is so dreamy

ucsdhealthsciences:

Delivering Imani’s baby was truly a team effort.

Here’s our anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Greenberg getting some cuddle time with the baby gorilla.

this is so dreamy


nationalpostphotos:

NEW BORN: Gorilla mother Kumili arms her newborn at the zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The baby gorilla was born during the night between 10 and 11 March 2014 and its sex is still unknown. It’s the second  gorilla baby born  within four month in this monkey group. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)


phototoartguy:

Tigress with curled tongue (by Tambako the Jaguar)

phototoartguy:

Tigress with curled tongue (by Tambako the Jaguar)


avianawareness:

Rare little condor chick cuddles up to a glove puppet ‘mother’The San Diego Zoo is celebrating their first California condor hatched this season while displaying a healthy, baby bird being reared by a puppet disguised as its adoring and ever attentive mother.The now three-week-old condor named Wesa, meaning celebratory drink in Chumash, is seen happily flapping its soft-feathered wings without much mobility but still comfortably eating up to 15 mice a day.The tiny bird sits warm inside its incubator, feet stretched out like its bouncy arms, while the head of a rubber adult condor carries the bite-sized pieces of raw meat to the baby by its beak, just like a good mother.Read@ DailyMail

avianawareness:

Rare little condor chick cuddles up to a glove puppet ‘mother’

The San Diego Zoo is celebrating their first California condor hatched this season while displaying a healthy, baby bird being reared by a puppet disguised as its adoring and ever attentive mother.

The now three-week-old condor named Wesa, meaning celebratory drink in Chumash, is seen happily flapping its soft-feathered wings without much mobility but still comfortably eating up to 15 mice a day.

The tiny bird sits warm inside its incubator, feet stretched out like its bouncy arms, while the head of a rubber adult condor carries the bite-sized pieces of raw meat to the baby by its beak, just like a good mother.

Read@ DailyMail