All Creatures Great and Small

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Sat May 12, 2018 8:39 am

https://binged.it/2rEKOMu

Snow geese migrating. Great photo.
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Post by Sam the Centipede » Tue May 15, 2018 2:31 pm

Your links just go to search pages, TRL. It's not immediately clear what is driving you to the throes of passion.

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Sam the Centipede wrote:
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Your links just go to search pages, TRL. It's not immediately clear what is driving you to the throes of passion.
I will correct those and download the pics which "drive me." :bighug:
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue May 15, 2018 2:56 pm

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The Kenyan hyrax! www.bing.com
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
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https://binged.it/2rEKOMu

Snow geese migrating. Great photo.
It’s World Migratory Bird Day
Every traveler needs a place to rest from time to time. In the case of the snow goose, that place needs to be very large. Snow geese travel in flocks of hundreds, sometimes thousands, as they travel north to their springtime breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra. They stop along the way to rest and forage, relying on places like Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in New York, where our homepage image was photographed. World Migratory Bird Day, recognized on May 12, highlights the need to protect habitat for winged travelers like these.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri May 18, 2018 7:57 am

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It’s Endangered Species Day
We chose this photo of a peregrine falcon—a female, walking across the rail of a balcony in Chicago—to inspire hope on Endangered Species Day. Not every animal listed as endangered is doomed to extinction. Peregrine populations were decimated by the use of pesticides, such as DDT, in the mid-20th century. The chemicals accumulated in the birds’ bodies, causing weak eggshells and high mortality rates for chicks. But by the 1980s humans had learned the cause, reduced or eliminated the various chemicals, and helped the birds rebound with gusto.
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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri May 18, 2018 8:07 am

Great photo. The peregrine falcon caught in a gansta walk.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri May 18, 2018 9:08 am

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
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Great photo. The peregrine falcon caught in a gansta walk.
Yep. This mama bird is looking for somebody to be breakfast!
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Post by Chilidog » Fri May 18, 2018 9:26 am

My one complaint about peregrines is that they are messy eaters.

They leave dead pigeon parts all over.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri May 18, 2018 9:44 am

Chilidog wrote:
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My one complaint about peregrines is that they are messy eaters.

They leave dead pigeon parts all over.
If you want a whole pigeon, Chili, you have to catch it yourself. :-D
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Post by Sluffy1 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:14 pm

I just learned this... and nearly shit a brick

Wombats poop out cube turds....
Scientists unravel secret of cube-shaped wombat faeces
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Of all the many mysteries that surround the common wombat, it is hard to find one as baffling as its ability – broadly acknowledged as unique in the natural world – to produce faeces shaped like cubes.
Why the pudgy marsupials might benefit from six-faced faeces is generally agreed upon: wombats mark their territorial borders with fragrant piles of poo and the larger the piles the better. With die-shaped dung, wombats boost the odds that their droppings, deposited near burrow entrances, prominent rocks, raised ground and logs, will not roll away. That, at least, is the thinking.

But quite how the animals produce the awkward-shaped blocks – and they can pass up to 100 per night, presumably with some trepidation – has proved a harder one to work out. Scientists who find themselves intrigued by the phenomenon have made little progress beyond ruling out the nagging suspicion that the animals possessed square anuses.
In work to be presented at a meeting of the American Physical Society’s fluid dynamics division in Georgia, the team explain how the last section of the wombat intestine does not stretch evenly, unlike the rest of the intestine. When measured around the circumference, some parts give more than others. This allows the intestine to deform in such a way that packs faeces into 2cm-wide cubes rather than the usual sausage shapes. The findings were buoyed up by tests on pig intestines which found no such irregularities in how those stretched.

“Wombat intestines have periodic stiffness, meaning stiff-soft-stiff-soft, along the circumference to form cubical faeces,” Yang said.
But the researchers have yet to finish the job. To produce a poo with a square cross-section, the circumference of the intestine would need four stretchy regions interspersed with four stiff regions. That way, the stiff regions form the flat faces, while the stretchier parts allow corners to form. The balloon tests revealed only three stretchy parts and two stiffer ones. In an upcoming paper, the scientists suggest that the other stiff and stretchy bits may only become apparent when they can inflate the intestines to a larger size. In other words, strain a little harder.
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:17 am

This has brightened my day. :rotflmao: :rotflmao: Wombats!!! Who knew!!! :rotflmao:
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Post by Sam the Centipede » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:58 am

Awesome! Although where the wombat found a punch card from 1970s data processing to defecate onto is a mystery. Must have left it in its pouch and forgotten about it.

How many of you dear readers are now wondering what opportunities you will have today to say to conversational victims: "speaking of that, did you know that Australian wombats shit bricks?"

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Post by Lani » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:11 am

Another thing about them - Wombats have backwards facing pouches so they don't get dirt in them when digging a burrow!

They are rather drab in appearance, but I still wanted to pat one. Then I learned that they barrel into you, knock you to the ground with broken bones, and chew you up with inch+ deep bites. Oh, and claw you, too.

Like most Aussie critters, they want to kill you.
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Post by Foggy » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:25 am

My Uncle Dick was nicknamed Wombat. :daydream:
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Post by Sam the Centipede » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:11 am

Lani wrote:
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Like most Aussie critters, they want to kill you.
Except koalas, which just want to give you chlamydia! :)

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Post by RoadScholar » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:51 pm

:shock:
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