Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Did Santa Chose the Reindeers Above Other Animals Part 1


The facts that will be presented are scientific. Sorry to say this post contains no magical details of whatsoever as to why Santa has chosen the reindeers other than other animals, or as to why reindeers would fly every Christmas Eve, however, some facts might give you the closest answers. They might not be as magical as the unicorn myth, but once you get to know that reindeers are just like other animals, yet they also have their own magical wonders given by nature, this combination is as wonderful as Christmas itself.

A shot of warning: Must be read by adults first.
1.    Reindeers are located in the Arctic regions of the world.

If Santa has to choose animals who feel most at home in the cold to help him with his mission, the reindeer is his only choice. Polar bears can’t run that fast, and they are not domesticated. Penguins may be birds but can’t fly and certainly can’t carry any loads. Huskies are domesticated, can run, and can carry loads, but hey! Santa has gifts to give but probably no money to buy these huskies portions of steak. He loves any living creature so he’s not a fan of feeding meat so these dogs are out of the question.

Other creatures are mostly underwater. Unfortunately, Santa is not a merman so he needed a horse in the arctic region. Reindeers are the best answers. Do not underestimate their running speed, because when chased, a wild one can run up to 48 MPH.

Aside from that, they are built for the cold. Their bodies could easily adjust depending on the temperatures and even their hooves have furry surfaces to withstand the cold.



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

10 of the Smallest animals on earth

1 Satomi’s Pygmy Seahorse: this little seahorse is the smallest in the world, reaching only a length of 0.54in and a height of 0.45in.

2 Virgin Islands Dwarf Gecko: dwarf geckos are typically the size of a coin, about 18mm in length. hey are found in three British Virgin Islands, namely, Virgin Gorda, Tortola and Mosquito Island.

3 Bumblebee Bat: this tiny bat resembles a fuzzy bumble bee, but we hope you don't swat at it. It's also known as Kitti’s hog-nosed bat and you can find them in Thailand.

4 Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa: the jerboa is one of the smallest mammals in the world and is the smallest rodent. Adult females only weigh up to 3.75g.

5 Paedophryne Amauensis Frog: this smallest vertebrate in the world is found in Papua New Guinea. A normal-sized coin dwarfs this tiny frog.

6 Smallest Octopus Wolfi: you can find this tiny octopus in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. There are about 300 species of octopus and this Wolfi is one of the smallest.

7 Roborovski Hamster: the Robo hamster is a kind of dwarf hamster, native to Russia, Kazakhstan and northern China. They are sold as pets and the smallest as less than an inch in length.

8 Royal Antelope: this little guy is a tiny species of antelope. They can grow up to 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh about 10lbs.

9 Dwarf Sloth: also known as the pygmy three-toed sloth or monk sloth, is found off of the coast of Panama. It's 40% smaller than it's mainland cousins.

10 Fennec Fox: if you want to find one of these cuties, you have to look in the Sahara of North Africa. They are most well-known for their oversized, sensitive ears.
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Flower Hat Jellyfish

Flower Hat Jellyfish are arguably one of the most attractive species of jellyfish inhabiting West Pacific off southern Japan. It reaches a diameter of about 15 cm (6 inches). Flower hat jellyfish predominantly feeds on small fish.




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The Micro Chameleon

Brookesia micra is a species of chameleon from the islet of Nosy Hara in Antsiranana, Madagascar. As of 14 February 2012, it is the smallest known chameleon and among the smallest reptiles, small enough to stand on the head of a match.





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Caterpillar


The caterpillar is the larvae (the baby) of both a butterfly and a moth. After around 2-3 weeks, the caterpillar builds itself into a cocoon where it remains a pupa for a further 2 weeks. The caterpillar then emerges having grown wings.
 Caterpillar
The moth caterpillar is well known for being a pest particularly in the fabric industry. One species of caterpillar has destroyed reams of silk in the far east, known in China as a silk worm.
Caterpillar


Generally, most species of caterpillar are considered to be agricultural pests as they can munch their ways through fields of crops, often leaving enormous holes which result in unhealthy or inedible plants.
Caterpillar


Some species of caterpillar are also highly poisonous, particularly those species that live in the tropical rain forests. Other species are only poisonous in their caterpillar form, meaning when they turn into a moth or butterfly, they no longer have venom.

There are more than 20,000 different species of known caterpillar found all around the world and it is estimated that there are many more that are undiscovered as new species of butterflies and moths are regularly found in regions where there is little, of any, human presence.

Caterpillars difference in size, colour and appearance depending on their species. Some caterpillars are very brightly coloured where other caterpillar species are quite dull-looking in comparison. Some species of caterpillars are very hairy, where others are very smooth. The main aim of the appearance of the caterpillar is to intimidate it's predators and to deter them from eating it.

The caterpillar, like the butterfly, is a herbivorous animal but the diets of the caterpillar and the butterfly are very different. Butterflies use their long straw-like tongues to drink the nectar out of flowers, which is an adaptation that occurs in the process where the caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Caterpillars mainly feed on leaves, plants and flowering plants and big holes can often be found in leaves indicating the presence of a caterpillar.

A number of species of caterpillar are known to be carnivorous and eat a variety of insects that pass them. One caterpillar species found in Hawaii, hooks itself onto a leaf where it stands very straight trying to catching passing bugs.

Due to their small size and worm-like shape, caterpillars are preyed upon by numerous different species of animal but the main predators of the caterpillar are birds and large insects such as wasps. Caterpillars are also commonly preyed upon by small mammals and reptiles.
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Butterfly Fish


The butterfly fish is a generally small sized species of marine fish, found in tropical and subtropical waters, primarily around coral reefs. The butterfly fish is well known for it's brightly coloured body and elaborate markings.
There are more than 100 different species of butterfly fish found distributed throughout the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, meaning that the butterfly fish is a salt-water species of (marine) fish.
The average butterfly fish is fairly small and generally grows to around 4 or 5 inches in length. Some species of the butterfly fish however, are known to grow to 8 inches (20 cm) long and some butterfly fish individuals have been known to grow to 30 cm in length.
The butterfly fish can live for up to 10 years in a well kept aquarium but will only reach about 7 years old in the wild. The butterfly fish is a difficult fish to keep as they need very specific water conditions that need regular and close monitoring and so the butterfly fish is only found in specific water conditions in the wild.

The butterfly fish is most closely related to the marine angelfish which is similar in colour but the marine angelfish is often much larger in size than the butterfly fish. Butterfly fish can be distinguished from angelfish by the dark spots on their bodies, dark bands around their eyes and the fact that the mouth of the butterfly fish is more pointed than the mouth of the angelfish.

Butterfly fish are diurnal animals which means that they are feeding during the day and resting in the coral during the night. Most species of butterfly fish feed on the plankton in the water, coral and sea anemones and occasionally snack on small crustaceans . Those butterfly fish fish that primarily feed on the plankton in the water are generally the smaller species of butterfly fish and can be seen in large groups. The larger species of butterfly fish are fairly solitary or stay with their mating partner.

Butterfly fish are preyed upon by a number of large predators including fish such as snappers, eels and sharks. Due to the fact that the butterfly fish is small in size, it is able to tuck itself into crevices in the coral in order to escape danger and prevent itself from being eaten.

Butterfly fish form mating pairs that they remain with for life. Butterfly fish release their eggs into the water which form part of the plankton (it is because of this that many butterfly fish eggs are accidentally eaten by animals that live on plankton). When the eggs hatch, the baby butterfly fish (known as fry) develop armoured plates on their bodies to protect them when they are so vulnerable. As the butterfly fish gets, older these plates disappear. Butterfly fish have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years although some of the larger butterfly fish species are known to get to much older.

Today, the butterfly fish is considered to be an endangered animal mainly as butterfly fish populations have been threatened due to water pollution and habitat loss. The destruction of coral reefs occurs mainly from boats, and without their coral habitat, the butterfly fish find it difficult to survive as they have less food and are also more exposed to predators.
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Akita


Akita History and Domestication
The Akita is a medium sized domestic Dog breed, first bred in Japan in the 1600s. The Akita originates from the Akita Prefecture in the north-east of Japan, hence it's name. The exact reason for their initial creation is still disagreed upon, as to whether or not they were first bred as hunting or as fighting Dogs. Despite this, many favour the theory that this large breed was bred to aid local people with the hunting of Deer and Wild Boar and to possibly protect them from large carnivores like Wolves and Bears, with the fighting of them becoming popular, before people began to fortunately lose interest in the sport. Today, they are mainly used to assist their owners when hunting and are also a popular foreign breed in western households.
Akita
Akita Physical Characteristics
Like a number of other Japanese working breeds, the Akita has a plush double-coat of fur, consisting of a medium length top layer and a soft undercoat to keep them warm. This double-coat of fur can vary in colour, and is actually also water-resistant, preventing the Akita from developing hypothermia. The Akita has a strong, muscular body that is longer than it is tall. They have a heavy triangular head, with dark, triangular eyes that are deeply set into the Dog's face. The thick, strong limbs of the Akita allow it to move with vigorous precision particularly when hunting, and it's slightly webbed paws make this Dog an excellent swimmer. The most distinctive features of the Akita are their small, pointed ears and curved, upturned tail which almost sits on the Dog's back.
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Akita Behaviour and Temperament
Due to the fact that the Akita has been historically bred as both a hunting and a fighting Dog, they are naturally aggressive and very dominant animals. Akitas have changed very little since they were first produced, with household individuals still having strong hunting instincts today. They are therefore, not for the inexperienced owner as they require firm and consistent training with lots of positive reinforcement. The Akita is also known to respond badly to harsh treatment. They are incredibly intelligent and loyal Dogs though, and are loving, devoted and gentle towards their master and family. The Akita is also known to be a good guard Dog as it is very suspicious of any person or animal that it doesn't know.
Akita
Akita Breeding
Like many other domestic breeds, today the Akita can be found in a variety of colours and with a milder temperament than it's ancestors. They are however, still bred as working and hunting Dogs in their native Japan, assisting their master in catching food, as well as being an increasingly popular choice of guard Dog in the west. There are few health problems however, that are associated with this breed including hyperthyroid, hip and knee problems, which are all common ailments of larger Dogs particularly. They generally live for between 9 and 15 years, and females can have anywhere from three to twelve puppies per litter.

Akita Interesting Facts and Features
In the 1930s, the Akita was so rare in Japan due to the increasing popularity of non-native breeds, that only the very rich could apparently afford one. They were declared as a "national treasure" in Japan in an attempt to conserve the country's native breeds, and having an Akita in a household is said to symbolise good health, good fortune and prosperity. Due to their long, thick coat, Akitas shed heavily twice a year, for about 2 weeks at a time, meaning that they must be brushed every day to prevent their fur from matting. Possibly due to their natural hunting nature, household Dogs are known to enjoy carrying objects in their mouths.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ankole-Watusi

Ankole longhorns and their massive horns have survived in Africa for thousands of years. Their horns are used in defense and cooling and can weigh up to 100 pounds each and reach 8 feet from tip to tip.




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Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin duck is a sexually dimorphic species, meaning males and females differ in appearance. The male has a rich, colorful appearance, which includes brown cheeks and a long brown and white crown sweeping back from the top of the head. The chest is dark purple, with black and white strips, and the wings are brown with an iridescent blue-green edge. This striking coloration helps the male attract the less-colorful females, which display brownish-black plumage with white markings around the eyes and along the throat.





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Three Presents to Give Your Cat this Christmas


Cats are definitely not boring creatures, especially when you try to give or let them do something. Who knows a video of your cat will be the next to go viral depending on the presents you give them.

Aside from catnips, here are some weirdly interesting and cute things you can give for your kitty.

Lion mane hat

What it does? Turn your cute little monster into a ferocious adorable beast. But really, this will keep his ears warm all throughout the winter. Guess you will have to give it before Christmas morning.

DJ Decks

Does your cat like to scratch on those comfy couches? Well… give them something real to scratch on while you take their funny videos and post them.

Cat Vehicle Houses

Just like how people like to live in trailers, your cat also probably likes to live inside vehicles. Show them you love them with these super cute cardboard vehicles mainly for your cat to give them an illusion of traveling in their dreams, literally.

The Evil Unicorn Horn

It says “Cats Love It!” Do they? The picture may show us otherwise but who knows how your cat will respond to this. Come on, show your cat who’s the real boss. He’ll hate you but he’ll get famous anyway.

Cat Bunks or Cat Beds

It’s “purrfect!” You can have your bed for you and so he/she gets his/her own too. Just a reminder, you might miss your naughty sleeping buddy once he/she gets separated during sleeping time.  Another thing, it might cost a bit, but admit it…it’s way too cute not to get one.
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