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Masters of disguise: The gecko that resembles a leaf and nature's other camouflage experts. By Wil Longbottom Updated: 07:29 GMT, 8 December 2011 Stare at these pictures for long enough and you might just spot some clever creatures playing the ultimate game of hide and seek.

Masters of disguise: The gecko that resembles a leaf and nature's other camouflage experts

This Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko is barely visible against the leaves in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. These amazing animals are true masters at blending effortlessly into their environment as a means of survival in the natural world. Blending in: This Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko hides from predators in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar, or is it just a leaf? Nothing to see here: A Bat-faced Toad hides among dead leaves in Amacayacu National Park, Colombia Barking up the wrong tree: It's nearly impossible to pick out this Lichen Spider at the Erawan National Park in Thailand From frogs to fish and bugs to birds, this collection of images shows the animal kingdom's outstanding camouflage ability.

Animals use two basic methods of concealment in a bid to hide from predators and catch prey. A mother like no other. Lisha, a Labrador, is world famous for her mothering skills even though she’s never birthed any pups of her own.

A mother like no other

The dog, who lives at Oudtshoorn’s Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa, has played surrogate mom to more than 30 animals, including cheetah and tiger cubs, potbelly pigs, a porcupine, a pygmy hippo, a weasel and a barn owl. Rob Hall, director of the wildlife refuge, says that Lisha domesticates the wild animals and serves as a bridge between them and humans. “They adjust more easily to her, and when they see that she trusts us, they are more at ease around us," he said.

Hall and his wife, Nadine, said they noticed early on that regardless of the whether Lisha encountered a kitten or a baby hippo, she treated them all the same — like a child that needed a mother. "She would just walk up and lick the creature she was caring for. Check out some other photos of Lisha and her many "children. " Photos: ZUMA Press. Lamborghini Madura by Slavche Tanevski. One Sharp Black Lambo From the darkest depths of the design mind of the one called Slavche Tanevski comes THIS!

Lamborghini Madura by Slavche Tanevski

The Lamborghini *Ankonian. It’s black. It’s sharp. It’s just fabulous. And I don’t mean flashy in any kind of bad way. It’s not quite “green,” but it’s does have that sort of environmental friendliness in mind with it’s downsisedness. Chromatic typewriter types works of art. A typewriter that paints?

Chromatic typewriter types works of art

Artist Tyree Callahan modified this 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter to do just that, replacing each key with a different hue that can paint on paper. A chromatic typewriter isn't by any means practical (the keys have to be manually reloaded with paint) - but the concept is still pretty interesting. View all So, how did he come up with the idea to create the typewriter, and once he had that idea how did he turn it into a reality? We had the opportunity to talk about the project with Tyree. How did you come up with the idea for the typewriter? The idea for the Chromatic Typewriter came about one day in the studio as I was struggling along with a watercolor.

How did you put the idea together? It took a few months to find this one [the typewriter]. The piece was intended to be purely conceptual, but I do have a confession: as I was applying paint to the keys I could not resist trying it out. The additional challenge, however, was the layout of colors. Guy built a Lamborghini in his basement. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302: A Profile of a Muscle Car" How Music Affects the Brain and How You Can Use It to Your Advantage.