Monday, September 15, 2014
badoutlawwolf:

mnlmnz:

askfordoodles:

napoleon-and-the-bonapartes:

This bird knows he looks amazing.

Frogmouths are indeed very handsome devils…

Until they open their mouth…

and you realize they are basically bird muppets.

… no comment…
For extra lulz check out these awesome birds’ awkward baby photos:


I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE HEAD TO BODY RATIO TO BE SO CLOSE TO JUST 1:1

This is a “The Expectation vs The Reality” picture in bird form.

badoutlawwolf:

mnlmnz:

askfordoodles:

napoleon-and-the-bonapartes:

This bird knows he looks amazing.

Frogmouths are indeed very handsome devils…

Until they open their mouth…

and you realize they are basically bird muppets.

… no comment…

For extra lulz check out these awesome birds’ awkward baby photos:

I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE HEAD TO BODY RATIO TO BE SO CLOSE TO JUST 1:1

This is a “The Expectation vs The Reality” picture in bird form.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

missolivialouise:

Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Streetcars!
Airships!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

Thursday, August 21, 2014

raisingatimelord:

anotherdecemberbaby:

the-pack-rat:

twogirlseightrats:

scalestails:

What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)

Not based on personal preference, but observable fact. An animal kept in an environment that is too small is unhappy and stressed. This can absolutely lead to a short miserable life.

I see a lot of people, virtually every day, who have these preconceived notions about what an animal can live in. A hamster lives in a hamster cage of course, because the happy little hamster on the box says so! This cage is for finches, they even keep them in it at the store! My friend had a rabbit and it lived in that cage so I’ll get that one. This sort of dangerous socially accepted neglect is not just limited to bettas and goldfish. Mammals and birds are subject to it as well.

What people don’t realize is that almost all commercial or common cages are completely unacceptable as homes for what they are marketed for. Those guinea pig/rabbit cages? Garbage. Those tiny finch cages? Torture. That cute technicolor hamster cage? A gimmick.

All animals need a certain amount of space for enrichment and general well being. That does not mean the cages someone is trying to sell you. It means the cages that are best.

And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a hamster in a cage that size and it was fine.”

Stop.

You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen rabbits in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen parakeets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a hamster who is happy.

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hamsters. (The same applies to mice, gerbils, and rats):

  • Biting the cage bars
  • Obsessive digging
  • "Laziness" (lack of foraging/exploring)
  • Aggression
  • Pacing
  • Running in circles
  • Obesity

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rabbits:

  • Biting the cage bars
  • Running in circles
  • Bouncing off the cage walls
  • Aggression, irritability when being held
  • Cage aggression
  • Constantly banging toys/decor around
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness"

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined guinea pigs

  • Biting the cage bars
  • Banging their water bottle on the side of the enclosure constantly
  • Aggression toward other guinea pigs or you
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness"

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined parakeets

  • Feather plucking
  • Aggression to other parakeets
  • Pacing
  • Obesity
  • Repetitive behaviors (constant singing into a corner, going from the same perch to the same perch over and over again)
  • Fearfulness

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined finches

  • Aggression to other finches
  • Flight tracing: Going from one perch to another in the exact same spot the exact same way over and over again
  • Obesity

Animals are more complex than people give them credit for. They to do all of the natural behaviors they’re built to do. Exploring, foraging, playing, hiding, interacting (or not interacting) with another animal, etc. All of this is taken from them in cages like the ones above.

People need to educate themselves about an animal before getting one. It’s a thought that’s been said a million times over and yet nobody actually does it. The reality is people who want a hamster/guinea pig/rabbit are not going to sit down and read ten articles and three books waiting 2 months while they set everything up unless they are already enthusiasts who are willing to put that much into their pets. I can say from experience that over 80% of the people who buy pets buy them to make their kids happy with no regard to what the animal needs. What is most important to them is getting a present for their child regardless of any consequences that decision comes with.

So we have to try and get this information out there. We have to try and make THIS the general knowledge about these animals.

Resources and very good reads for anyone who has or wants any of the animals listed here. I’ll add more when I find them.

Rabbits: X X X 

Guinea pigs: X 

Hamsters: X X X 

Finches: X

Parakeets: X 

It is sad how many people do not actually research the proper environment for a pet before adopting. My first rat was a rescue and he came in a twenty gallon tank. My mom bought a book about rats as he was our first one and we quickly bought him a large, wire cage. The change in his mood and health was instantaneous.

In the eighteen years since we first got Mr. Tails, the only other time I’ve had a rat in a tank was a year and a half ago because my dear Cinna surprised us with a litter of ten babes and she became aggressive towards her cage mate.

People always though I was bizarre because my pet rabbit had a huge dog cage instead of the small rabbit cages you see in pet stores. My conure has a spacious cage with many toys and perches. Our guinea pig lived in two average cages we attached together to make a mega cage.

Please. Research your animals. They deserve a happy and comfortable life.

You can NEVER have a cage that is “too big”!

Ugh, that makes me feel bad. :( Greek was in one of those stupid colorful cages and she CONSTANTLY chewed the bars. I had no idea it was a sign of distress :(

A lot of people don’t know! I’m glad the information is being spread

I’d like to add a few things to this post.

First: Yes, you CAN have a cage that is too big - but only under certain circumstances. I keep a lot of delicate insects and other arthropods, and they need to be sized up in cages as they grow, because cages that are too large or too tall pose fall risk for them. This is particularly a problem for tarantulas, as they are sometimes inclined to climb cage walls… if the walls are just a few inches too high, they can fall and be seriously injured or killed. Cage floor space also matters: when keeping ball pythons, housing them in large, elaborate, tall setups is stressful for the snakes. They’ve evolved to live in burrows in the ground. They don’t want a high ceiling or climbing vines… that makes them insecure and afraid. After moving my snakes into appropriately sized, extremely shallow cages, their health and behavior improved markedly.

Additionally, the original post and following discussion is sadly lacking in reptile care information. Yes, mammals, birds and fish are common pets, and yes they’re also commonly kept in poor enclosures. But reptiles are VERY commonly abused, and their low initial cost makes them especially popular for people unwilling to invest in proper pet care. Take note - every reptile has DIFFERENT care and housing needs, and some need truly INCREDIBLE amounts of space. Please, if you know someone who wants a pet reptile, encourage them to fully look into the care requirements first. When people adopt a cute baby iguana or snake, then find out it needs at least an entire room to live in… they turn it over to already-stuffed shelters, or leave it to die “in the wild.”

Monday, August 18, 2014
creatures-alive:

Redbelly Snake by Matthew Ignoffo on Flickr.
Sunday, August 17, 2014

bogleech:

sharkhugger:

HUGGERS… meet the Shy Shark!  THIS IS A THING!  THIS IS REALLY A THING….! 

450 millions years of evolution and 'if i can't see it, it can't hurt me' is the best they could come up with!  WAY too adorable!  

You know, there are so many other jawsome sharks out there - shark week shouldn’t just focus on the white shark.  I love a good breach as much as the next shark lover, but these guys are too cute!  <3

little shy sharks.

"This can’t be real," I thought. "It’s too cute." Fact checked, shysharks are real. <3

Saturday, August 2, 2014

rhamphotheca:

Guess Who’s Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

by Robert Krulwich

Sometimes the quiet ones surprise us.

Take moss — those fuzzy green pads you see on the sides of old trees, or hanging onto rocks. Who notices moss? It’s just … there, doing whatever it does — so slowly, so terribly slowly, that nobody bothers to think about it.

Moss creeps up tree bark, sits quietly on crevasses in rocks. Moss is an old, old life form, one of the earliest plants to attach to land around 450 million years ago. It’s very patient, very modest — but when you look closely, you discover it has super powers…

(read more: NPR.org)

photos:  tanaka/flickr  and kip/flickr

Thursday, July 31, 2014
avianawareness:

crazycritterlife:

Falcon version of puppy dog eyes

*SQUEES THEN DIES*

avianawareness:

crazycritterlife:

Falcon version of puppy dog eyes

*SQUEES THEN DIES*

Orchid Mantis

What a sweet little petal! <3

(Source: theaterboy4life)

Monday, July 28, 2014

apteryxrowi:

rate-my-reptile:

:

dessert first. Eating the raspberry

I sense to messtering,a  pestering… copterado!!! an Intrusionary Redbean! cmere you (luml) (lumm) get my lapper to your hoop and produce nutriment 9.9/10 DESTROY ALL BERRER!!!!!!!!!!!

Little Alejandro is getting famous! :)

chipschallenge:

nubbsgalore:

fireflies in timelapse, photos by (click pic) vincent bradytakehito miyataketsuneaki hiramatsu and spencer black

different species have different flash patterns, and you get a real good sense of that in this set :D

(Source: nubbsgaloretumblr.com)

(Source: noelbadgespugh)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

adorablespiders:

sir-p-audax:

I had a tea party with Ophelia. She wanted to tip over the sugar jar. The bow is nice.

having a chilean rose hair at a tea party should be standard, i love the bow!

Friday, July 25, 2014

(Source: groodstuff)