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Bizarre creatures part 1

Posted in animals by weirdoftheday on April 25, 2009

I’m a big fan of animals, especially weird ones. Every once in a while I run into some interesting articles about rare and unusual creatures, so I thought I’d share some finds that hopefully will interest you. This will be one of who knows how many posts on fascinating animals and insects.

Cute but dangerous

The puss caterpillar, aka asp caterpillar or  southern flannel moth, can be found in the southern United States, Mexico, and in Central America. 

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This little guy may look adorable, and you may be tempted to pet it. However, if you happen to encounter one of these, it would be in your best interest to refrain from touching it. The reason: it has venomous spines hiding in its fur that can cause very painful reactions upon contact with the skin. Otherwise it is pretty cool to look at. 

The moth is pretty spectacular looking as well, varying in colors from dusty gray to brown to orange, yellow, and even snowy white. You can see a variety of pictures here: Link

Its movements are mesmerizing… 

The flightless parrot

Found in New Zealand, the kakapo is the world’s largest parrot, weighing up to 8 pounds. 

kakapoThis solitary bird is incapable of flight, spending its time on the ground or climbing around in trees. It has an owl-like appearance as well as nocturnal habits, though it is not a carnivore.

In fact, it is the most vulnerable of birds, being flightless and lacking in defense mechanisms to evade predators.

Learn more about this endangered bird: Link

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more!

Photos found on Google image search.

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Lost cat found on Facebook

Posted in animals,Facebook by weirdoftheday on April 15, 2009

I knew Facebook was good for something!

Two years ago, a Minnesota couple lost their 20 pound cat, Bob. The owners searched high and low, but they were unable to find their beloved pet before they moved away from their East Bethel home. 

Someone did eventually stumble upon Bob and brought him to the the Coon Rapids Humane Society. However, Bob couldn’t be properly identified because the identification microchip embedded under his skin was out of date. Surprisingly enough, for being homeless for so long, Bob was in remarkably fine shape; still plump, fuzzy, and friendly.

The owners of the cat reported Bob missing two years before, and one particular staff member at the Humane Society was intent on reuniting them with Bob. Since they were unable to find the owner’s phone number, they took a chance and searched around on Facebook. Not long after, Bob’s owners received an email regarding the discovery of their long lost furry friend. 

Now, thanks to the efforts of his owners and the Coon Rapids Humane Society, Bob is safe and sound at home.

Story from WCCO.com

Over 90 Cats Found Living In Dumpy New Jersey House

Posted in animals by weirdoftheday on March 29, 2009

The Daily Record reports that over 90 cats have been discovered living in terribly unsanitary conditions in a New Jersey home. The cats’ owners face 186 civil complaints for not providing them any proper care.

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Upon entering the house, authorities found the floors and furniture laden with feces. A few of the cats appeared to becovered in filth as well. Talk about stinky…

Not only were the cats living in this squaller, but a woman and her two grown children were also sharing the same garbage heap in their home. 

This is the most recent of many reports of cats living in very poor conditions. On March 5, 2009, 70 cats were pulled from a home in Raleigh, North Carolina (The News & Observer). In November of 2008, a Springfield, Ohio couple was found guilty of animal cruelty after 124 cats (71 among them dead), were found in their home months earlier (Springfield News-Sun). It’s not just cats that are living the nightmare. Dogs, rabbits, birds, and many other animals are kept in unhealthy captivity.

It’s understandable that people can end up with an accidental collection of stray cats living in their homes, but sometimes it gets out of hand to the point where they just might trash the place. However, it is also up to the owners of the house (and animals) to keep things manageable. In a few cases, poverty might contribute to this problem, but it is also just plain laziness that leads to these kinds of messes.