Congrats, Momma Bunny!

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Congrats!

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Just heard some very exciting news: one of the little lady bunnies at Pet World in Lawrence, KS, just had a litter of tiny kits (or as I like to call them, “bunbuns”). Have you ever seen anything so precious?

Like Pet World Lawrence on Facebook and follow them @PetWorldKansas.

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UPDATE: Nicky, the Blind Baby Rhino

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Do you all remember the story I posted about a month ago? Nicky, the Blind Baby Rhino was rescued by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy when they noticed he was behaving oddly — running into things, straying from his mother, looking generally lost. Upon closer inspection, the team realized he had cataracts and was blind.

On February 26, @BBCNature tweeted that Nicky was about to undergo his operation to restore his sight.

Unfortunately, @SaveTheRhino updated on the operation the following day to say that the vet had concluded that the operation would not restore his vision, meaning Nicky will be blind for life.

This is very upsetting news, but there is a lighter side to the story: just like Desmond, Nicky has never had sight, so he does not know that he is “missing out” on anything. He is adapting to his world, and under the care of Mike Watson, Nicky is living a pretty posh life. As far as I know, he still hates the rain, and is still best friends with the Watson’s yellow labrador.

Cheers, Nicky! You have a lot of fans across the globe who are excited to watch you grow.

Ant Bears

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Giant anteaters are also known as “ant bears.” I am sure this is due to their massive size and for the way they defend themselves by standing on their hind legs and swiping with their front claws, but it is extra amusing since their front legs resemble panda bears!

These pretty guys can get up to 7 feet long and can weigh up to 140 pounds. Lady anteaters have only one baby per year (called a “pup”), who you can often see riding on his/her mother’s back for up to one year after birth. Besides moms and their pups, anteaters are solitary creatures.

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When anteaters sniff out their dinner (they have very poor eyesight), they will use their claws to tear open the anthill, and then will use their tongues to quickly lick up as many ants as possible. They can flick their tongues up to 160 times per minute, which is good for them, because as soon as the ants realize their buddies are getting slurped up, they start attacking. Basically, anteaters are the definition of “dine-n-dash.” They may eat up to 36,000 ants per day, and they are smart not to destroy the anthills entirely, so that they can return to feast again later.

What do you think? Do they live up to the “bear” name?

An Encouraging Day

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I posted a picture of Desmond to the Black Cat Appreciation Page on Facebook, and people have been so incredibly supportive of my little blind cat. In honor of him and of all the kind-hearted souls out there who took a minute of their day to appreciate a stranger’s cat, thought I would share some more photos of my little sweetheart.

In these pictures, you can see him doing all of his favorite things: wrestling his (second) favorite toy called “Dragon,” snuggling, listening to the “water birds” in the sink, playing in a crinkly paper bag, and licking a tiny treat of whipped cream off of his nose.

Feeling Squirrely

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This adorable little creature is the Siberian Flying Squirrel (SFS). My campus is rampant with squirrels, but none of them look like this! (Maybe that’s because I’m in the middle of the US, not western Europe.)

There is not a whole lot of information out there about these squirrels besides the basics. They are nocturnal herbivores, spend most of their time gathering food and mating, and they typically have one or two litters a year with each consisting of 1-6 babies.

Fun fact about squirrels in general: babies are called “infants,” “pups,” “kits,” or “kittens.” Strange combination when you think about what we usually hear those terms refer to!

A unique fact about the Siberian Flying Squirrel is that when they glide from tree to tree, they keep their hind legs close together, so when that stretch out their patagium, their body makes a triangle shape. If you remember my post, “Sugar, Sugar,” you may be able to recall the picture of the Sugar Glider mid-“flight.” Usually, flying squirrels and the like make more of a rectangle shape when they glide. Not the SFS!

So, even though not much has been written about these particular squirrels, they are still unique! Have you ever heard of these cuties before?

(Images from BuzzFeed)