Wildlife

Rodrigues Fruit Bat / San Diego Zoo Safari Park

There’s a new baby at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — and this time, it has wings. A 12-day-old Rodrigues fruit bat is being cared for at the Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Centre, and he is flying ahead of schedule in his development, despite a rough delivery. The male pup is the second Rodrigues fruit bat ever to be hand reared at the nursery: The first was his mother, Patty — via Youtube

Art, Wildlife

Big Trash Animals by Bordalo II is a series of artworks that aims to draw attention to a current problem that is likely to be forgotten, become trivial or a necessary evil. The problem involves waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet. Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail. They are camouflaging the result of our habits with little ecological and social awareness — via Neatorama

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The Buffalo Zoo recently announced the birth of their newest Brazilian Ocelot kitten, Nico. The adorable little male was born on 17 November to mum, Ayla (age 6), and dad, Pedro (age 12) — via ZooBorns

Art, Wildlife

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing — via Society6

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

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

Craft, Wildlife

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

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Cheetah Cubs Venture Outside For First Time / Longleat Safari Park

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

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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

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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

Craft, Wildlife

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

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Orphaned Puma Kittens / Minnesota Zoo

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

Technology, Wildlife

How technology is helping homeless pets find a new home

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

Art, Wildlife

Vernie / Moradavaga

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

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Keepers and staff at Howletts Wild Animal Park, in the UK, have been celebrating the birth of a delightful female Black Rhino.

The tiny calf, born on 16 October, has been bonding with her mother in their heated stable, whilst the dedicated keeper team monitors her progress — via ZooBorns

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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

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Bush Dog Pups / Chester Zoo

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

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo recently announced the arrival of eleven African Wild Dog pups. The pups were born 25 August 2016, and they are the second litter for breeding pair Kimanda (female) and Guban (male), who produced their first litter in late 2014 — via ZooBorns