Wait, what’s wrong? Bat got your tongue?
This bizarre alien-like photo shows the moment a cane toad bit off more than it could chew when it attempted to swallow a bat whole.
The rare feeding encounter was captured by ranger Yufani Olaya at Peru’s Cerros de Amotape National Park.
It appears the bat was flying too close to the ground, where the opportunistic toad lunged at it and snapped it up.
“Out of nowhere the bat just flew directly into the mouth of the toad, which almost seemed to be sitting with its mouth wide open,” Olaya said.
He said the toad didn’t manage to get the wings inside its mouth, eventually giving up and spitting out the bat.
Luckily, it managed to fly away.
Biologist Phil Torres, who works at the Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon and distributed the photo, said it was an unusual sight.
“We encounter a lot of bizarre things while working in the Peruvian rainforests, but this one is easily the [strangest] feeding interaction I’ve seen,” Torres said.
So, it seems Batman may have some fierce competition!
The first polar bear to be born in Australia in 28 years debuted at Sea World on the Gold Coast. HE’S so cute he melts women’s hearts and even grown men can’t bear it.
Meet Henry – an adorable 19-week-old polar bear who is about to make a big splash at Sea World on the Gold Coast.
Staff at the theme park have fallen in love with Henry and he’s sure to capture the hearts of hundreds when making his public debut on Saturday.
“Even the males who don’t have an emotional bone in their body go ‘oooh aaah’,” Sea World’s Director of Marine Sciences Trevor Long told AAP.
“Some staff members have been brought to tears when they see Henry.
“He is very cute and it is so special that people on the Gold Coast can look at a polar bear because there aren’t many zoos in the world which have one.”
Mr Long says Henry will captivate crowds as he explores his new exhibit ‘Polar Pre-School’ which he inhabits with his mother Liya.
However, those wanting to catch a glimpse of the cub should be prepared to fit in with his schedule.
“He plays for about 40 minutes, gets tired, goes for a sleep and then comes out again,” Mr Long said.
Mr Long says Henry is about the size of a grown samoyed dog with the energy of a four-year-old child charged up on red cordial.
“He’s about 12kg to 15kg,” he said.
“He’s very adventurous. Being a male he’s very inquisitive and wants to learn new things.”
Henry’s cuteness also won’t last forever as he is expected weigh between 550kg and 600kg once fully grown.
Sea World built its polar bear exhibit in 2000 with the aim of breeding the vulnerable species.
The first and last polar bear successfully bred in Australia was born in Adelaide in 1985.
We have all heard about it at some time or another. We have been sickened by some stories we have heard. Some prefer to deny it even happens. Well it does exist and it does happen, it needs to stop.
NoToDogMeat is a people powered global movement,an International coalition of committed individuals from around the world, who are united in their common intent to convince Governments worldwide that the heinous practice of torturing dogs and cats and then eating them has to end and has no place in this Millennium. It never has done and it never will.
NoToDogMeat is unique. Although, initially founded by a core membership of like minded animal lovers with backgrounds in the legal field, veterinary science, journalism and sanctuaries for survivors of the dog meat trade, all with front line experience, on different levels of the dog and cat meat trade worldwide; NoToDogMeat now has 6000 active members and each and every one is invited to play a part in changing history, share skills and contribute to making a difference.No action is ever too small.
NoToDogMeat is proud to call as its patron Ms Kyenan Kum, ( from IAKA) who has been giving the dogs and cats in the meat trade an authentic voice for the last 24 years. The World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade lobbies on an international intergovernmental and legislative level to oppose the dog and cat meat trade and call to account world bodies who refuse to implement animal welfare laws. Its lobbyists meet regularly with the OIE, World Organisation for Animal Health and the UN for farm animals to find tangible ways to enforce the five freedoms afforded to sentient beings and push for the recognition of dogs and cats in the meat trade the international standard setting of animal welfare.
NoToDogMeat Global Movement is the active voice of the people! A long awaited Voice for the Voiceless, respecting efforts of otheres yet understanding after 30 years campaigning with no effect, it is time to change approach.
In May 2013, NoToDogMeat took a short film on the dog meat trade to the Cannes Film Festival entitled BOKDAYS- Hidden in the Land of Morning Calm- South Korea. It is the first time ever the dog and cat meat trade has been truly exposed on such a world scale! This film was shown to members of the impassive Korean Film Commission who were invited, but declined to respond.
In South Korea alone over 2.5 Million dogs are eaten yearly.Right now it is the Bokdays- two month long dog meat eating festival and up to 15,000 dogs and cats will die each day. That is one dog every 13 seconds tortured and slaughtered. This can frequently take place in front of children.
In China this figure is close to 10 Million with dogs skinned alive, their fur then sold for cheap clothing.
Koreans believe the more the animal suffers the better the meat tastes. This means dogs are beaten and blowtorched alive and cats are boiled to make soup and elixirs.
Isn’t this shocking when you consider this is home of Samsung, LEG and Hyundai. In Thailand pets are stolen or bought for a plastic bucket and then sold ,trafficked into Vietnam for nearly $250 each where they await the most unspeakable torture.
- Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand (gadling.com)
- Animal Rights Groups Infiltrate and Expose the Barbaric China Dog Meat Trade (earthfirstnews.wordpress.com)
- Tackling the Commercial Dog Meat Trade (huffingtonpost.com)
- Asian Governments Take Steps to End Dog Meat Trade (ireport.cnn.com)
- Old Habits (michaeleltonmcleod.com)
Scientists and conservationists are urging New Zealand government and citizens to take immediate action to protect Maui’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui).
Maui’s dolphins, the world’s smallest dolphin subspecies, are critically endangered, with only an estimated 55 individuals remaining. They are only found off North Island’s west coast and recent reports state that they could become extinct by 2030.
The Society for Marine Mammalogy recently wrote a letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key concerning Maui’s dolphins. In the letter, they state that gillnetting and trawling still occur in areas where the dolphins are known to live, and an estimated five dolphins a year are killed by fishing gear. Entanglement in fishing gear is responsible for a 9 percent decline in population annually.
“Scientific advice often involves a degree of uncertainty,” the letter states, “but in a situation such as this one involving a critically endangered subspecies, delay to resolve uncertainty could have dire, irrevocable results.”
To learn more, watch the following video:
It’s a little old (2007) but the information is still good. Unfortunately, the only thing that has really changed is the number of individual dolphins left…
- Kaipara Maui’s dolphin ‘died of old age’ (radionz.co.nz)
- The Rare Maui’s Dolphins Need Your Tweets (championsforcetaceans.com)
- Conservation groups: Govt’s dolphin proposal ‘inadequate’ (nzherald.co.nz)
- Additional protection proposed for Maui’s dolphin (national.org.nz)
- Protect the World’s Smallest Marine Dolphins from Extinction (forcechange.com)
This happened in Punjab, India, two pups fell by accident into a well,while playing with other siblings. The owner of the pups found 2 puppies missing in the group and later found the mother dog barking near a shallow well. To his surprise, he found the puppies in the well along with a King Cobra. They found that the Cobra which was supposed to be a threat for all animals including Man, was actually safeguarding the little pups from not getting drowned when the pups moved towards the danger area of the well.