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Manul – the Cat that Time Forgot. Have you ever wanted to take a trip through time to see what animals looked like millions of years ago? When it comes to cats there is little or no need. This beautiful specimen is a Manul, otherwise known as Pallas’s Cat. About twelve million years ago it was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn’t changed since.

The other species, Martelli’s Cat, is extinct so what you are looking at here is a unique window in to the past of modern cats. Although the Manul is only the size of the domestic cat, reaching about 26 inches in length its appearance makes it appear somewhat larger. It is stocky and has very lengthy, thick fur, which gives it, perhaps to human eyes, an unintentional appearance of feline rotundity. Yet although it appears stout and somewhat ungainly it has a natural elegance and poise – exactly what you would expect from the genus Felis in other words. The main reason for its survival throughout the ages has been its isolation. World's Smallest Animals. Kangaroos have three vaginas. We interrupt your regularly scheduled news programming to bring you this wonderful piece of trivia about kangaroo genitals. Regular readers will know of my love for Inside Nature’s Giants, the British documentary where anatomists cut up large animals to examine how their bodies work and evolved.

It’s a truly incredible show, combining unbridled joy at the natural world, drama, and solid educational value. So far, it has brought us the horrifying throat of a leatherback turtle, the mysterious bloodsweat of a hippo, and the exploding insides of a beached whale. But this week’s episode may have topped all of that with the triple vaginas of the female kangaroo. The diagram above (an annotated screengrab from the show) explains the complicated plumbing. This set-up is shared by all marsupials – the group of mammals that raise their young in pouches. Koalas, wombats and Tasmanian devils all share the three-vagina structure. Werewolf Cats. Lykio Cats is a new breed of kitty that looks like a werewolf. It’s some kinda mutant that doesn’t grow a full fur coat. Basically Cruella DeVil would not approve. Personally I DO approve — these little kitties look cool as hell! But yeah, also I’m a total sucker for felines.

I’ve never met a cat I didn’t like. Via: Geekologie. LIL BUB. BUB is a very special one of a kind critter. More specifically, she is the most amazing cat on the planet. Discovered as the runt of a healthy feral litter in a tool shed in rural Indiana, she was taken in as a rescue when it was clear that she would require special care. BUB was born with a multitude of genetic anomalies which all add up to one of nature’s happiest accidents.

She is a “perma-kitten”, which means she will stay kitten sized and maintain kitten-like features her entire life. She also has an extreme case of dwarfism, which means her limbs are disproportionately small relative to the rest of her body and she has some difficulty moving around. She is unlike any other cat in so many ways that some believe that she might actually be from outer space. Beyond being overwhelmingly cute, exceptionally smart and painfully witty, BUB is an advocate for homeless and special needs pets all over the universe. Top 5 Biggest Domestic Cats | Cats Around The Globe. And by big cats we don’t mean lions and tigers, although those are awesome too, but we’ll take a look at domestic pets. What if you just want more to love? Check out this list. 5. Siberian Siberian Forest Cats originate from Russia, their thick and long coats protect them from cold climates. 4.

Closely related to the Siberian cat, the Norwegian Forest cat shares many of its characteristics. 3. There are many legends about this impressive Goliath. 2. Rag-dolls are one of the biggest breeds around. 1. At the top of the list we find the Savannah F-1. Check out our other CAT TOP 5 LISTS The size of a any specific cat will also depend on their heritage and gender, there are some Maine-coons that get bigger than Rag-dolls and vice versa. Share it on your favorite social network! If you like this then you should also check out: Фото и рисунки, арт и креативная реклама. Фото и рисунки, арт и креативная реклама. Beautiful And Bizarre Translucent Snail Discovered In Croatia. Deep in one of the deepest caves in the world, a cave that reaches more than 4,500 feet below ground, scientists made a startling discovery: a new species of snail with a near-transparent shell.

Zospeum tholussum, an air-breathing land snail, is a brand-new entry in the Ellobiidae family of hollow-shelled snails. It's very tiny, with a swirled, translucent dome-shaped shell. This type of snail, living as it does thousands of feet below ground, has totally adapted to live in darkness; it seems to have no visual sense, for example, which is a common mutation. Cave animals, including crustaceans, fish, and salamanders, often lose their sense of sight over the millenia; what's the use of wasting energy on interpreting visual stimuli when there's no light? Only one specimen of Zospeum tholussum was found, but a study published in the current issue of Subterranean Biology dives deep into the behavior and patterns of the new snail. 3559953412_c8fdb54593_b.jpg (JPEG Image, 876 × 1024 pixels) - Scaled (79.

Mid_235089-c2a9-staffan-widstrand-wwf.jpg (JPEG Image, 3100 × 2043 pixels) - Scaled (39%) Hi-Def Pics - The Cutest Siberian Tiger Cub In the Whole World (7 photos) Have you seen anything cuter than this? Meet Antares, a Siberian tiger cub at Berlin's Tierpark Zoo. He was named after a star in the Milky Way and is the 121st tiger born at Germany's most famous zoo.

Antares is extra special, Siberian tigers are currently listed as an endangered species. He's sure to break some hearts when he grows up! Courtesy of etoday More Hi-Def Pics: 10 Most Beautiful Sunsets Gorgeous Winter Trees (10 pics) World Animal Day (18 photos) Strikingly Beautiful Shots of Etosha National Park, Namibia (13 photos) Earth From Above: Stunning Images (22 photos) Strikingly Beautiful Landscapes (8 photos) Tags:antares, berlin, cub, germany, hi-def, pics, siberian, tierpark, tiger, zoo Email me when people comment – Scroll. Adorable Portraits of Pollen-Covered Bats Taken by the World's Leading Bat Expert. Bats are some of the most fascinating and misunderstood creatures in the world, and few know this better than Merlin Tuttle, the world's leading bat biologist and photographer. If you've ever seen a fantastic photo of a bat in a newspaper article, book, or anywhere else, chances are that Tuttle took it.

The founder of Bat Conservation International, Tuttle has spent nearly his entire life working for the conservation of bats, who are often hunted and feared despite playing a vital part in nature. His passion sprouted as a teenager living in Tennessee in the 1950s, when Tuttle managed to prove that gray bats are migratory, contrary to what textbooks and scientists said at the time. Since this first breakthrough, Tuttle has gone on to become a top ecologist who has captured and banded well over 40,000 bats in order to identify and track them for research purposes. Part of his work includes photographing bats in an effort to positively depict their harmless—and often adorable—nature.

Funny animal photos of the month (40 photos. Abandoned piglet is lost and hound: Giant farm dog saves baby pig's bacon by adopting it as one of its own. By Liam Milller Updated: 07:13 GMT, 4 September 2009 A giant farm dog and a tiny piglet cuddle up as if they were family after the baby runt was dismissed by its own mother. Surrogate mum Katjinga, an eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, took on motherly duties for grunter Paulinchen - a tiny pot-bellied pig - and seems to be taking the adoption in her stride. Lonely Paulinchen was luckily discovered moments from death and placed in the care of the dog who gladly accepted it as one of her own.

Thankfully for the two-week old mini porker, Katjinga fell in love with her at first sight and saved her bacon. Enlarge Motherly love: Baby piglet feeds on its new surrogate mum And the unlikely relationship has made the wrinkly piggy a genuine sausage dog. The two animals live together on a huge 20-acre farm in Hoerstel, Germany, where Katjinga's owners Roland Adam, 54, and his wife Edit, 44, a bank worker, keep a pair of breeding Vietnamese pigs.

"Katjinga is the best mother you can imagine. Oh They’re So Surprised! Oh They’re So Surprised! Posted by SHMO on November 5, 2012 · 124 Comments What if the animal kingdom could understand the dramatic presidential election? What if they could comprehend the shocking nightly news? What if they could understand the latest gossips from our weekends… “She left with who? …We figured they might look like this… 3018167_700b.jpg (JPEG Image, 500 × 4313 pixels) - Scaled (20. Podborka_93.jpg (JPEG Image, 467 × 700 pixels) Breathtaking Black & White Animal Portraits by Lukas Holas. Adorable "Leaf Sheep" Sea Slugs Look like Cartoon Lambs. If you thought last week's sea bunnies were cute, here's one more underwater treasure that will make you say "aww!

" Costasiella kuroshimae (also referred to as "leaf sheep" and "Shaun the sheep") is a species of sacoglossan sea slug whose beady eyes and flat face make it look like an adorable cartoon sheep. Add some droopy feelers and a phosphorescent, leaf-like body, and this little darling may just be the loveliest slug in the ocean! Costasiella kuroshimae, which can grow up to 5 millimeters in length, can be found near Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They graze on green algae, and use the chloroplasts from their food to manufacture their own energy in a process called kleptoplasty. One of the only non-plant organisms in the world that can perform photosynthesis, leaf sheep can survive up to a few months on the energy produced from kleptoplasty. Above photo source: Lynn Wu Photo source: Randi Ang Photo source: Johnny Chiu Photo source: Ludovic Photo source: Lynn Wu via [Bored Panda]

The Fox Den - Aurora. The Rare White Lion, a photo from Attiki, Attica. Critiques | Translate carper hoi Panos, This is a great head of a lion. My compliments for it. Very, very nice. Thank you Panos. quegardens In this and other of your wonderful shots Panos,you bring out great expression in the eyes of your subjects.Those soft welcoming eyes could be decieving though....I wouldn't want to get too close:-)Great focus on where it matters most.

Edwin A nice portrait Panos. Dob_31 Excellent additionto the "Fauna" theme. Cdewet Hi Panos, Yes, from Timbavati stock. Santosh Wow.. Dsidwell Crystal clear, Panos! Surfer31 Wonderfull snap, you captured such a wild animal in such a relaxed mood, I love the contrast. Gepall Fantastic expression and capture. Guyben Excellent Panos ! Danbachmann Absolutely fantasitc portrait. Dingo Everything has been said already... one of my favourite pics, Panos. Kikvel Heyyy! Justa Amazing view, great animal, his eyes.... wonderful.... Ckradolfer jdwyer264 A beautiful cat, a lovely sharp capture. Hellas Hi Panos, it is a very nice portrait, indeed. Vampire Squid's Surprising Diet Revealed. Image courtesy MBARI Despite its ghoulish name and looks, the vampire squid (pictured, an individual in 2004) isn't a bloodthirsty terror of the deep after all, a new study says.

Instead, the nightmarishly named species browses on "marine snow"—dead plankton, algae, fecal matter, goo, shells shed by tiny crustaceans, and other detritus. The squid gather the food particles using two long, hair-lined filaments before wrapping the bits into meal-size mucus balls, according to undersea video footage, live lab observations of captive vampire squid, autopsies, and examination via electron microscope. "Because of its fearsome appearance, and because all other cephalopods living today are predators, it was thought that [vampire squid], too, were hunting for living prey," said study co-author Henk-Jan Hoving of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California. "We have now found the opposite.

" (Related: "Squid Males 'Bisexual'—Evolved Shot-in-the-Dark Mating Strategy. ") —James Owen. 2020143-0D35A3E700000578-578_468x694.jpg (JPEG Image, 468 × 694 pixels) Instagram. Tumblr_mo4h8rdB571rtp2uuo1_500.png (JPEG Image, 500 × 750 pixels) 10 Animals You Probably Didn't Know Existed - Knowledge Salad. We’ve all heard about the flying squirrel, vampire bats, and naked mole rat, but I bet you haven’t heard of Markhor, Lamprey, and Gerenuk! Here are ten animals that you probably haven’t heard of! (Too lazy to write a good introduction!)

Related: 1. Tufted Deer Tufted deers are a small species of deer that are found in China. 2. Star-nosed moles are small moles found in eastern Canada and United States along wet and low areas. 3. Southern right whale dolphins are small species found in cool waters far south. 4. Raccoon Dogs, or Tanuki, are found in East Asia. 5. Patagonian Maras are large rodents found in parts of Argentina.

Relevant: 5 Members Of The Animal Kingdom That Will Blow Your Mind 6. Markhors are large species of wild goats that are found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 7. Maned Wolves are found in South America. 8. Lampreys are the spawn of hell. 9. Gerenuks are long-necked species of antelopes found in Eastern Africa. 10. Amazonian Royal Flycatchers are found in the Amazon. めめぼん. 6a010535647bf3970b010535b24559970b-800wi (JPEG Image, 800 × 480 pixels) Мир насекомых... Фотограф Roeselien Raimond (64 фото - 5,84.Mb.

В мире животных... Фотограф Roeselien Raimond (48 фото - 7,4.Mb. 5674341205_798761355a_b.jpg (JPEG Image, 683 × 1024 pixels) - Scaled (61. 6138494548_9aa5408290_z.jpg (JPEG Image, 560 × 373 pixels) 6a00d8341bf8f353ef0147e3ca10b8970b-800wi (JPEG Image, 800 × 532 pixels) Mlp6v65zy51rbwtfho1_500.jpg (JPEG Image, 433 × 480 pixels) Dwarf Leopard, Kitten. Babies We Seldom See. Jaguar-long-drink-of-water-brazil-by-eraldo-peres.jpg (JPEG Image, 700 × 1000 pixels) - Scaled (65%) Weird Deep Sea Creatures (60 images) Chimera-cat-1.jpg (JPEG Image, 640 × 857 pixels) - Scaled (66%) Hippopotamus butterfly - The art of black and white photography and pictures.

Animals. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_785120.jpg (JPEG Image, 720 × 720 pixels) Jaguar-hd-wallpaper.jpg (JPEG Image, 2880 × 1800 pixels) - Scaled (46%) Creepy Animals You Dont See Everyday. Pictured: The baby tigers who like nothing more than a daily dip in a swimming pool with their female trainers. File:Canadian lynx by Keith Williams.jpg. The Cats are Organizing!!! | Best Of StumbleUpon.

Beautiful Animal Photography. Chiffon. 214d41f7.jpg (JPEG Image, 800 × 747 pixels) - Scaled (88%) Baby Leopards Just Need To Stop It With All The Cuteness. Mf1jpjYv8W1r0wqrdo1_500.jpg (JPEG Image, 500 × 490 pixels) Mk4zc91qFk1ri3mzho1_500.jpg (JPEG Image, 450 × 600 pixels)