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Blue tarantulas…

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India has some strange critters,  but these  bright blue spiders  might take the cake.   The species is currently found in only a 38 square-mile area of the country and is considered critically endangered due to loss of habitat. I would have guessed their conspicuous coloration was at least partly responsibly for their rarity,  but scientists say they don’t know yet.

 

 

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September 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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Nat Geo’s photos…

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National Geographic often irritates me with its politically correct pronouncements on various subjects,  but when it calls for nature photographs,  it certainly gets  some beautiful  ones.

UPDATE:  These  pix are  from week 2. of the Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

 

 

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September 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Houston-bound butterflies…

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…were delayed by Hurricane Harvey,  so the Pacific Science Center in Seattle,  Washington is attending to the  young creatures  as they hatch out.

 

 

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September 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm

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Resource management…

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If government were left unchecked,  there would soon be no wildlife,  but fortunately Trump appointed former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior,  and he understands that  without the  involvement of hunters and fishermen,  those precious resources would disappear.

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September 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm

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Cat naps…

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If you have a cat,  these photos  will make perfectly good sense to you.   If you don’t,  you will wonder not only how cats get themselves into such awkward-looking confines,  but why they even attempt it.   They are enormously flexible creatures,  but perhaps they try simply because they like a really stiff challenge.

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August 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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Piglet and emus, oh my!

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If your household includes a cute little piglet  (too bad it will grow up to be a hog) and a pair of baby emus,  you are  likely to  see them playing together,  mainly by chasing each other until the birds run out of steam. You will undoubtedly enjoy it enormously for the brief time it lasts until this part of your menagerie grows up.

But you never know  —  Big Girl is nearly ten now,  and when she has canid visitors,  she still offers to  play with them,  just as she does the neighbor’s cat when he wanders over.

 

 

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August 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Baby elephant tantrum…

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If you have never seen a baby elephant having a temper tantrum,  you’re in for a rare treat with  this video.   If you have children,  or have spent much time around the toddler versions,  the progression of this tantrum will look quite familiar.

 

 

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August 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm