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Talapoin Monkey_1


The zoo called this a “talapoin”, but there are two species of talapoins, the Angolan and the Gabon. Not knowing what made them different, I went a-searchin and came across the following claim:


“Unlike the related Angolan talapoin, the Gabon talapoin has flesh-coloured (not blackish) ears and facial skin.” (from The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals, by way of Wikipedia)


Now maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the ears and facial skin or any monkey, whatever they look, would be flesh-coloured.


Crayola’s got a lot to answer for.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Sun Bear

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:01 pm
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Sun Bear_3


That feeling when you finally build up the energy to go climbing only to run out of tree.




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Carol and Stick Insect_4


If you volunteer at the zoo (or get an internship), you might get to hold a bug* too.


* Technically, a stick insect is not a bug because it doesn’t suck. It chews instead.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Prairie Dog_10


I will discharge it in either your straw-colour

beard, your orange-tawny beard, your purple-in-grain

beard, or your French-crown-colour beard, your

perfect yellow.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Grackle

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Grackle_2


Grackle starting to think this isn’t St. Louis after all.




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Russian Squirrel


Squirrel pondering his investment options.




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Prairie Dog_8


I do digest the poison of thy flesh,

Being strumpeted by thy contagion.

Keep then far league and truce with thy true bed;

I live unstain’d, thou undishonoured.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Cow

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Cow


Some cows aren’t tall enough to lick the food out of people’s hands.


Some cows have developed workarounds.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Pallas Cat

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Pallas Cat_7


One of these guard cats only tells lies. The other only tells lies as well.


Basically, cats don’t care about your petty human concept of “truth”.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Prairie Dog_5


“Thou wilt be throng’d to shortly.”




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Porcupine

Sep. 18th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Porcupine_1


Porcupine that just downloaded the Shazam app and is realizing that it is of no use whatsoever in identifying the plaintful music that he hears in his dreams, echoing strains of melody like tendrils holding his mind hostage until the wee hours of the morning yawn and spread wide to welcome the day.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Pallas Cat

Sep. 17th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Pallas Cat_6


Pallas cat kittens are not all equally brave.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Meerkat_6


And then he got him to a rock aloft,

Where having spied her tower, long stared he on’t,

And prayed the narrow toiling Hellespont

To part in twain, that he might come and go;

But still the rising billows answered, “No.”




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Giant River Otter_56


Giant river otters play in the water just like small ones.




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Wombat

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Wombat


The wombat enclosure at the LA Zoo is kept so dark that it is almost impossible to see anything. For those who follow such things, this show was a 1/6 of a second exposure at f/3.3 and ISO 12,800. I am optimistic that my newer experiments with low light photography will allow me to do better the next time I visit.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Dead Tree

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:34 pm
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Dead Tree_1


Some people are taking civil war erasure a bit too far.




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Short Nosed Echidna_20


The echidna is a monotreme like the platypus. They can be found in some zoos but, with them being very nocturnal, it can be very hard to get good photos of them. I lucked out that on this one day, there were two of them just wandering around as if they didn’t know it was daytime.


Now I just need to photograph three more species of echidna and a platypus and I’ll have collected the whole set.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Tasmanian Devil_17


Tasmanian devils are unpopular at parties – they always hold onto the joint.




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Cinereous Vulture


“Cinereous” means “color of ash” because “grey vulture” sounds stupid.


As I was reading about grey, I stumbled upon the claim that you can define grey as all solutions of the inequality: 0 ≤ (R = G = B) ≤ 255


There are rather more than 50 options.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Tapir

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Tapir_7


The tree is starting to worry that the dwarven armorer she met in the previous village might not have been entirely truthful about the magical properties of the chain mail he had sold her.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

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