It feels good to do another plush again! I liked the look of the Wampa Plush from a while back so much that I thought I would make another with a similar shape — Cthulhu seemed like a nice fit. I just love how I’ve made a big scary elder god into a pudgy little thing. He comes complete with face tentacles and wings on the back as well — via Choly Knight
Cute, bright and funny guy, shiny as summer sun. Needle felted out of 100% New Zealand wool coloured in Italy and Australian wool coloured in Germany. Wings are made using frame. Size: 15cm up to head — via via Etsy
A rare pair of cheetah cubs have ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. Thirteen-week-old cubs Poppy and Winston, who were named by the public, are the first to have been born at the Wiltshire wildlife attraction, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The pair, both still sporting Mohican-style juvenile fur, were allowed outside to explore their paddock under the watchful eye of mum Wilma — via Youtube
Alice Springs Desert Park, in central Australia, has produced two new resident marsupials.
The Greater Bilby is currently listed as
Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, so the birth of the two healthy little male Bilbies puts the Desert Park on the conservation front and helps ensure that the unique marsupial will survive for generations to come — via ZooBorns
Zoo Basel welcomed nine rare Black-tailed Antenna Stingrays on 5 November. The small, yet sensational pups are doing well and can be seen in the zoo’s aquarium exhibit.
The Black-tailed Antenna Stingray (Plesiotrygon nana), also known as the Dwarf Antenna Ray, is a freshwater Stingray that is native to the rivers and sections of the rear Amazon Basin in Eastern Peru. The small Stingray was scientifically described for the first time in 2011. They are one of two recognized species in the family Potamotrygonidae (the other being the Long-tailed River Stingray) — via ZooBorns
This pattern features an adorable curly tentacled octopus. It works up in about 2 or 4 hours and stands 8-9 inches tall, including tentacles. It only uses one ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn and a G hook — via Ravelry
The Minnesota Zoo is thrilled to welcome two orphaned puma kittens to Apple Valley. This brother-sister pair was found in late October just outside the Port Angeles, Washington area by a local resident and rescued by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife before making the journey to Minnesota. Based on the kittens’ condition, officials were confident their mother was not returning to care for them — via Youtube
In Australia, over 137,390 animals once called pets are received annually by the RSPCA [PDF] alone, with rescue homes and animal shelters receiving surrendered animals faster than they can re-home those already in care.
With few options other than euthanasia for those animals unable to be placed, self-taught coder John Bishop decided he needed to do something and launched Pet Rescue in 2003, an online service connecting former pets with new owners.
Working with approximately 98 percent of the rescue groups in Australia from the RSPCA to animal welfare leagues, vets, pounds, and foster carers, non-profit Pet Rescue currently has over 8,600 animals from 952 rescue groups on its website.
Essentially it’s an aggregation service but that’s not very sexy, Bishop explained.
We look at ourselves as providing connections between pets in care with the rescue groups and the public that are looking to adopt.
As Pet Rescue operates at a not-for-profit, Bishop has been faced with the mammoth task of keeping up with technology since day one — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle Larvae (Chrysophtharta cloelia) originally uploaded by Red Wolf
Two Sea Otter pups arrive at their new permanent home at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. The pups were found abandoned at sea and taken to Alaska SeaLife Centre, where they received emergency care. They cannot be released into the sea because they never learned survival skills from their mothers — via Youtube
A rare pair of cheetah cubs are thriving after being born at Longleat Safari Park. The cubs’ birth is a first for the Wiltshire wildlife attraction, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The pair, a male and a female, were born 8 weeks ago and will remain inside with mum Wilma until they are 12 weeks old — via Youtube
Invited by Walk&Talk festival to participate in its 6th edition on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Moradavaga took inspiration from the rich sea life that exists in and around the Atlantic archipelago to produce a site specific piece of interactive art. Influenced by the stunning landscapes and the mystic aura related to all that concerns whale hunting (in the past) and observation (in the present) our mind wandered through old tales like Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, and the presence of sperm-whales along the Azores coasts led us to devise a character,
Vernie the giant squid, that came from the depths of the ocean to serve as a communicative playful tool for passers-by of all ages at Portas do Mar in the city of Ponta Delgada — via Vimeo
Sumatran Tiger cubs were born 27 June to mum, Melati, and dad, Jae Jae at ZSL London Zoo. Keepers note that Achilles is darker in comparison to his sister Karis, and he also has thicker markings. According to the Zoo, Achilles very much takes after dad Jae Jae, with a chilled-out personality and wide face, and young Karis is defined as her mother’s daughter, with narrow features and feisty character — via ZooBorns
Two litters of bush dog pups, born at Chester Zoo, have begun to venture outside for the first time. The first litter, consisting of five pups, was discovered on 11 August after keepers heard tiny squeals coming from their den. A second set then arrived just over a month later (16 September) but, with a possibility that some pups may still be tucked up in underground burrows, keepers are yet to determine exactly how many make up litter number two — via Youtube
Solid polymer clay, hand detailed & stands approximately 2″ tall — via Etsy
Born 24 June, the two cubs, Waveland (female) and Sheffield (male), named after Wrigley Field’s cross streets, have spent the last few months behind the scenes in their nest box. The cubs have grown more independent and have ventured on exhibit intermittently as they continue to acclimate to
the friendly confines of their ivy-covered habitat. Thanks to a breeding recommendation from the Red Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP), which cooperatively manages the endangered population, these cubs are the second set in two years for Lincoln Park Zoo’s breeding pair Leafa (dam) and Phoenix (sire). Last year, the zoo celebrated its first-ever red panda cub litter including Clark (male) and Addison (female), now thriving at San Diego Zoo and Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, respectively — via Youtube
A Malayan Tapir was born at Antwerp Zoo on 7 October. This is the second baby for mother, Nakal. After thirteen months of pregnancy, the birth went very quickly and smoothly. The young calf is doing well and has been running around a lot. This is the seventh young Tapir for Antwerp, and with a little luck, patrons can catch a glimpse of the newest member — via ZooBorns