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Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus)

Also known as the lesser fairy armadillo, the pink fairy armadillo is a unique species of small armadillo found only in Central Argentina. Pink fairy armadillos are the smallest known armadillo, with the largest individual growing to around 4 inches long. They are primarily nocturnal and burrow near anthills, as their main food item is ants, however they will eat worms, snails, plants and roots as-wells. Like a golden mole or a marsupial mole the pink fairy armadillo navigates its surroundings via “sand swimming” using its powerful claws to move through the sand as if it was water, its pink back/head plates shield it from debris. Although the pink fairy armadillo is listed as ‘data-deficient’ by the IUCN it suffers from habitat destruction as cattle farms are taking over its natural range. 

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Darwin’s Fox (Lycalopex fulvipes)

Also known as the Zorro Chilote or Darwin’s Zorro, Darwin’s fox is a critically endangered species of fox found only on Chiloe Island and Nahuelbuta National Park in Chile. Named after the famed naturalist Charles Darwin, Darwin’s fox like other foxes is an omnivore and will eat insects, small birds and mammals, and fruits and berries. Darwin’s foxes are primarily forest dwelling and tend to inhabit primary temperate forests and are most active at twilight and sunrise. Currently they are listed as critically endangered and there are only 320 individuals left, 250 on Chiole and around 70 on the mainland, Habitat loss and introduction of feral dogs and disease are major concerns for their survival.

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White-throated Magpie-jay (Calocitta formosa)

… is a large species of jay found throughout Central America. Like other corvids the white-throated magpie-jay is an omnivore and feeds on a wide range of items ranging from: insects, reptiles, fruit, eggs, nestlings and seeds. Like other jays the white-throated magpie-jay is very noisy and sociable and is often found in flocks that are known to mob potential observers.

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helenofdestroy:

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

(via toothmarket)

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Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)

Also known as the ring-tailed cat or miner’s cat, the ringtail is actually not a cat but is a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae). Ringtails are found in Mexico and arid regions of the Western United States. Like their raccoon relatives ringtails are nocturnal and are more carnivorous than omnivorous, they feed primarily on small birds, reptiles and mammals. However they will eat other items too like fruits and insects. Ringtails are notoriously friendly and have earned the name miner’s cat due to their habit of wandering into miners’ camps and becoming accepted. The miners then used them as mousers like real cats.

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gemiblu:

recykle:


A boy sharing an umbrella with a deer

why do i love this so much

that’s some Miyazaki shit right there

gemiblu:

recykle:

A boy sharing an umbrella with a deer

why do i love this so much

that’s some Miyazaki shit right there

(via tastytofusoup)

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Water Opossum (Chironectes minimus)

Also known as the yapok, the water opossum is a species of semi-aquatic marsupial found in Mexico and parts of Central and South America. Like most opossums this species does have a pouch, but the pouch is found in both sexes a trait only found in the extinct thylacine. As its name suggests this opossum is mainly aquatic, living near riverbanks and swimming at night to catch fish and crustaceans. They are the only known extant marsupial to live this lifestyle. Living near water presents problems for a marsupial as they keep their young in a pouch, however the water opossum has a evolved a way to combat this it has a strong ring of muscle which can close the pouch and make it watertight, so the young don’t drown when the mother is swimming.

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jtotheizzoe:

Meet Ronan, a 3-year-old sea lion that loves disco and the Backstreet Boys, and is the first non-human mammal able to keep the beat to music

Previously, birds like parrots (like this parrot, and this parrot, and this parrot, and these parrots) were the prime head-bobbers of nature. And it’s not tied to vocals, like the way that parrots mimic human speech (since sea lions don’t do that). It seems like rhythm is a natural part of biology.

So next time you move, feel the beat in your evolution, man.

(via The Two-Way : NPR)