30.6.06

Quagga: Ancestor of the Zebras

The quagga (Equus quagga quagga)is a subspecies of the plains zebra. They have strange pattern on their body. From the head up to halfway its body, it has stripes like a common zebra, but the other half is brown, just like a horse. Because they are poached for their value of skin, they are now extinct.

But now, scientist will try to do crossbreeding, to make another quagga specimen. This is called breeding back. They made a project to breed back the quaggas, and the project is called the "Quagga Project".

More information on quaggas is in BayuPA's blog, http://rarestzoo.blogspot.com/ .

28.6.06

The Stealthy Delivery Guys

Do you ever thought of having a ninja as a fast food delivery guy? Now it has come true! The Ninja Burger, secretly delivering fast food around the world, and they guarantee that the food will be delivered 30 minutes or less, or they will commit Seppuku(some kind of formal suicide)!

Don't worry, it's just a joke. But some guys actually made a website called Ninja Burger. They even made a commercial! I got the commercial video on YouTube.




For more information on those sneaky fast food delivery people, visit www.ninjaburger.com

27.6.06

The Wonder of Cross-breeding

A liger
Image from Wikipedia

For many years, plants have been cross-breeded so humans can get benefits from them or fix weaknesses from a certain species by cross-breeding it with another species that can repair the weaknesses. But what will happen if you cross-breed animals?

It has happened in real world. Really. But still limited, of course. Some animals have been crossbreeded, making weird results. When a male lion mates with a tigress, their cubs is the liger. If a male tiger mates with a lioness, there comes the tigon. There are other hybrids(offspring from a crossbreeding), such as the Leopon(male leopard plus lioness), a Jaglion (male jaguar pluis lioness), a Liguar(male lion plus female jaguar), etc.

Imagine if you crossbreed a male human with a tiger, by transplating human sperm into tiger eggcell. Maybe we can make a talking tiger, or a human with retractable claws and double retinas? Nah, that's too much. How about a grizzly bear with a lion? Now that's cool!

Tigers: The Big Cats


Tigers belong to the genus panthera, and they are one of the large cats in the genus. They have approximately nine subspecies, and all of them is believed to evolve from the South Chinese tiger. In this picture is the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatran), one of the most endangered subspecies of tigers. Only found in the island of Sumatra, there are only 400 or 500 of them in national parks and in the wild. The bengal tiger is one of the famous tigers in the world, residing in India and Bangladesh.
People hunt tigers for their skin or other body parts. The skin is usually used for clothing or other ornamental purposes, and the other body parts are used in traditional medicines. Because of them, some tigers have become extinct, such as the Balinese tiger (Panthera tigris balica), the Javanese tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica), and the Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata).
Tigers have tremendous power that humans can't overcome (except with guns, if the human shot the tiger before he gets serious mauling). Its jaws can easily rip off flesh, and its claws is strong enough to mess up a springbed easily.

26.6.06

Soccer Bloopers

Hi guys! Found this video on YouTube. Poedhz got one of them too.




I'll take a rest from posting animals for a while. By the way, this video is about a real shameful miss from David Forlan.

25.6.06

Animal Facts


Some animals have an interesting behaviour or shape that sometimes make us laugh or sit silently in amazement. Here's some of them.


  • A tarsier's eye is actually bigger than its brain.
  • Lobsters and shrimps come in many colours, including blue, red, and white. The white ones are albino shrimp, which doesn't turn red when cooked
  • A rhinoceros' horn is actually made up of its hair. The hair gathered in one place and hardened.
  • Cats have double retinas, so they can reflect the faintest of light at night. This makes you see that their eyes glow at night. They also have retractable claws, only letting them out when needed.
  • A raging shark has more testosterone than a charging elephant. Testosterones are male hormones that functions similiarly to adrenaline.
  • A kick from an ostrich is strong enough to rip off a lion's belly.
  • A grizzly bear's claw slash can pluck off an eye of a human.
  • A giant squid has a large eye, as big as a watermelon.
Images from Wikipedia

24.6.06

Tapir



Tapirs are an animal with a medium size, and shapes like an ancestor of the elephant, Platybelodon. Their snouts are a little long and flexible, making it having a function similiar to an elephant's trunk. They live in South and Central America and Asia. The tapir commonly found in Asia is the Malayan Tapir, and the ones in South and Central America are the Baird's Tapir, Brazillian tapir, and mountain tapir. Malayan tapirs have black and white skin, while the others are usually black.
A Malayan tapir

Tapirs are usually shy, avoiding confrontations with predators and humans. There are some reports on tapir attacking humans, though its numbers remain few. A tapir's jaw is strong enough to make zookeepers get a severed hand.

Deforestation are slowly lowering the numbers of this animal. Tapirs are now considered endangered species.
A Baird's tapir
Images from Wikipedia

23.6.06

Quill Cannon, Launch!

A hedgehog

Some animals protect themselves with painful quills. Porcupines, hedgehogs, and echidnas use quills to fend off predators. A porcupine will rustle its quills to intimidate the enemy. If it doesn't scare the enemy, it will launch its quills as a last resort. And then, YEOWWWW! The predator leaves, whining in pain and trying to remove the quill.

Hedgehogs have somewhat shorter quills. Thus, they defend themselves by rolling into a ball of quill. The quills will pierce the legs of anyone touching it. YOUCH!!
An echidna
Other animals use some kind of quill. Hatpin urchins have sharp quill-like thorns that will be really painful when touched. Seabirds, however, can pluck the thorns or drop the urchin to eat the insides.
Images from Wikipedia

21.6.06

Bats : The Fiends of the Dark Night


Bats are the only flying mammals. Flying squirrel don't really fly, they only glide with the skin between the front and hind legs. Bats have muscles and bones similiar to birds, but they fly with a layer of skin on their wings. Bats eat many things, differing from their species and habitats. Some bats eat fruit, some eat fish. Some of them eat nectar, just like butterflies. But, there is a kind of bat, that drink blood from cattle. The bat was named the vampire bat. This made humans created stories associating bats as evil character, such as vampires, Count Dracula, etc.(with the exception for Batman)But don't be afraid, because there is no evidence that vampire bats drink human blood.

Bats are nocturnals. They come out at night, and hide in caves or trees at daytime. They cling in trees in an upside-down posture. But when the bats give birth or (sorry)poo, they go in a normal posture, not upside-down, while clinging with the claws on their wings. When they give birth, they hold the newborn bat with their wings.

20.6.06

The Art of Concealment


Like I said in the previous post, some animals seems to be weak, and poorly not having a powerful way to defend themselves. However, they do. One of them is by blending with their surroundings, concealing themselves to the vision of predators. Chameleons have an ability called mimesis or mimicry. With this, they can change their skin colours at their pleasure, whether for hiding from predators and prey, or to confuse foes. Some animals have body shapes similiar to leaves or twigs. Some grasshoppers have a body similiar to twigs or leaves, making them hard to see. Colours and shapes really help animals in camouflaging. A moth's wings have similiar colours to tree bark, making them blend with the tree, a place in which they usually perch. They also have an eye-like pattern on their wings, that can scare off birds.

image from www.pete-online.us

19.6.06

Animal Self-Defence


Animals live in a harsh world. Preying on other animals or being preyed by others is a common thing. So, they have adapted to these conditions, and they are now able to protect themselves. Some of them have horns. Bulls, buffalos, rhinoceroses, and other animals use their horns combined with technique. Adult musx oxen make a circle around the young oxen, so wolves won't be able to attack. Powerful jaws are also a weapon of choice for some animals, especially predators, such as the crocodiles. A stag beetle (Lucanus cervus, etc.) has oversized jaws that looks like a stag's antler.
Some animals play dead, emit a REALLY smelly odor, or do both in combination. When it senses danger, a ladybug will play dead and extract a liquid that smells real BAD. Possums also play dead when preyed.
That's only a few of how animals defend their lives. There are many more ways. Claws, quills, and even frightening poses and colours. There may be an animal that seemingly doesn't have any forms of defence, but somehow they are able to survive, whether by doing some sort of teamwork with other animals or by other ways.

image from www.junglewalk.com

15.6.06

Caucasus Beetle



The largest beetle in Asia, the caucasus beetle can reach a length of 13,5 cm. It is aggressive and loves to fight. It lives in the mountains of Sumatra, so it is very sensitive to heat.

Latin name: Chalcosoma caucausus
Home :Sumatra, Indonesia
Length :13,5 cm
Image from www.insectaculture.com

14.6.06

Komodo Dragons: The Thousand Years Enigma


The komodo dragon is the largest living lizard today. It is similiar to monitor lizards, only larger. Scientists believe that they have lived on earth for many million years, from the dinosaur ages until today. The same thing applies to the crocodiles. Komodo dragons only live in Komodo Island, Indonesia (with exceptions for zoos etc.). They have been isolated here by sea currents (similiar to Conan Doyle's Lost World). In the island, humans have been coexisting with the komodo dragons for years, with no people hunting the komodo dragons, and the komodo dragons seldom attack humans. Once, however, a Dutchman is killed by komodo dragons. This happened when the Netherlands invaded Indonesia in search for spices.

These vicious lizards pack enormous power. They are strong enough to kill a water buffalo, an animal that's larger than the lizards! Their saliva also contain germs, bringing a long and painful death for those who escaped an instant death from their jaws. Sadly, sometimes komodo dragons act like cannibals. If they're hungry, they can eat their own young.

2.6.06

The Way of the Beetle Warrior

The rhinoceros beetle and the stag-beetle have different ways of fighting. The rhinoceros beetle boasts a powerful horn. They fight by locking horns with the foe. The stag-beetle have pincers instead of horns. The pincers are actually mandibles. They pinch their enemies with these pincers. Their finishing moves are also different. When the rhinoceros beetles lock horns, one of them will push its enemy away, or throw it by flipping. The stag-beetle sometimes squeezes the enemy, but most of the time, it throws the enemy or turn it so the enemy lies on the backside. But what will happen if the rhinoceros beetle and the stag-beetle actually gets to fight each other? They will use their best techniques to throw their enemy away. The rhinoceros beetle will try to slam the stag beetle when they lock horns and pincers. The stag-beetle will try to turn the rhinoceros beetle upside-down, making it helpless. Thus, we can't know who's the winner by just knowing their battling moves! The stronger ones always win. The loser, well, let's just say they are not strong enough t beat the winner.

Images from Wikipedia

The Strongest of All: a rhinoceros beetle!


This creature may be small, but it packs the greatest power in the animal kingdom. Well, at least proportionally, they do. Having more muscles than a human being, this beetle can lift up to 850 times their own weight! Imagine YOU having THIS power, you would be able to lift up a tank, all 65 tonnes of it! This beetle has many relatives around the world, including the Neptune beetle, Hercules beetle, and the stag-beetles. They are different to the stag-beetle, because stag-beetles has deer-like horns, not a rhinoceros-like ones! They are popular as pets around Asia. They are also used in gambling fights against other rhinoceros beetles. People make special kind of log with a female inside, making the beetles fight for the female. The one that is knocked off the log loses. Beetles are almost helpless when they are lying on the backside. This is because they have difficulties in flipping their own bodies back in place.
Image from :home.infostations.com/ngeorge/papua_new_guinea