Jan 302012
 

Penguin here.

Have you guys ever heard of a binturong? I’ll be honest and admit that I never knew such an animal existed until about five minutes ago. I guess it’s always nice to make a post and learn something at the same time! According to A-Z animals, binturongs are medium-sized nocturnal carnivores that dwell mainly in the trees of the forests of South-East Asia. They are related to civets, mongooses, genets, and other carnivores. So, now that you have a small idea about what a binturong is, it is time to consider how cute they are. If they bear their teeth, they look quite tough and fierce (you can consult google images for these non-ACAD appropriate images), but sleeping like this, I must admit that they look positively adorable. What do you think?

Sleeping Young Bear Cat

Binturong Having a Snooze

Found here: A-Z Animals

Jan 292012
 

Hey everyone. I’m here with Penguin and wanted to share a video we saw a few days ago. My mom sent me an urgent email that contained this beautiful video! One thing we noticed in particular was the fact that they animated Bambi PERFECTLY at the beginning of the movie when he’s learning how to walk. The way they animated him was exactly the way the newborn deer in this video moves.

I hope everyone enjoys the video:

Jan 242012
 

Penguin here.

Today I went into my kitchen to pick up a small snack when I noticed a squirrel on the wire in my backyard eating something big and white. I immediately grabbed my camera and zoomed it in as far as possible. Lo and behold, I discovered our little carbohydrate-eating friend munching on one of my personal favourite foods: bread!

I’m posting a few of these pictures here. I hope you enjoy.

Squirrel Eating Bread: Side (and chubby) View

Squirrel Eating Bread: Side (and chubby) View

Squirrel Briefly Dans La Lune Mid-Munch (that happens to me sometimes too!)

Squirrel Briefly Dans La Lune Mid-Munch (that happens to me sometimes too!)

The Squirrel Showing a Little Glimpse of his Pink Tongue

The Squirrel Showing a Little Glimpse of his Pink Tongue

Jan 232012
 

Penguin here.

This is a perfect picture in so many ways. It shows the love between a mother and her infant; it shows an adorable newborn baby; it shows how protective and tired the mother is as she hugs her sweet charge. Ahh..I love this picture! It’s just so sweet, and so adorable, and it makes me want to hug my mother right now!

Newborn Female Bornean Orangutan with Mother

Newborn Female Bornean Orangutan with Mother

Found here: My Modern Met: Adorable Baby Animals and photo c/o Chicago Zoological Society/AP Images

Jan 212012
 

Penguin here.

Hi everyone. Sorry about the lack of posts this week on my end. I hope that this picture will make it up to you guys. So here you go, we have a giraffe licking a squirrel! I’m just as surprised as you are. I really don’t know why this giraffe is licking a squirrel – whether it’s kissing it, trying to clean it, or just being goofy. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because it makes for an adorable picture!
According to San Diego zoo’s Animal Bytes, the giraffe, the tallest land animal, has a tongue that is 18 to 20 inches (46 to 50 centimeters) in length and a heart that is 2 feet long! You should definitely check out the article to get some more interesting facts about these amazing animals.
So that’s all for now! I hope you guys get a nice little kiss from a friend today like this little squirrel did.

Giraffe Licking a Squirrel

You taste...furry!

Found here: Baby Animalz

Jan 192012
 

The next boss you generally want to fight in the game is Armored Armadillo. He’s weak to Spark Mandrill’s electricity, and it knocks his shields off so he can no longer block your attacks. Despite being a bad guy, he’s pretty cute himself, actually…

Armored Armadillo

Armored Armadillo

But anyway, this post is about his real life counterpart, of course! These guys are surprisingly similar to their in-game representation. In the game, he rolls up into a ball and slams himself around the battlefield to try and hit you, and interestingly, these guys do happen to roll up into a ball as a defense mechanism! Would you be able to guess that this was an animal if you saw it?

Brazillian Three Banded Armadillo in an Armored Ball!

If I roll up into a ball, they won't know I'm an animal!

If you saw the next picture, you’d definitely know it was an animal, though! He’s one armored little guy, and he’s definitely got a great defensive mechanism in the form of his little ball roll maneuver. By the way, check out those ears! They’re too cute and goofy… It’s funny that such a powerful looking animal can also be so goofy and shrimpy!

Adorable Armadillo With Goofy Ears

Adorable Armadillo With Goofy Ears

Armored Armadillo Found Here: Giantbomb

Armadillo Ball Found Here: ARKive (by the way, they have more pics of armadillo balls! Go check it out. Great website!)

Adorable Armadillo Found Here: Global Action Network

Jan 142012
 

Penguin here.

Blue Bear and I were watching the BBC Clip here on youtube about the desert when we came across a little golden mole. Golden moles are small: ranging from 8cm to 20cm in length according to the Wikipedia article. If you’re wondering where their eyes are, they’re actually under their hair and skin and are therefore non-functional, but these little guys mostly use their sense of touch to get around.

Super Cute and Tiny Golden Mole

Super Cute and Tiny Golden Mole

Found here: Afrotheria Specialist Group

Jan 122012
 

Penguin here.

My sister had bought me Trivial Pursuit for the holidays and Blue Bear and I were playing a round yesterday when we came across the following question: “What is Whistler, British Columbia named after?” The answer? A whistling marmot! It’s true! As you can see here on Wikipedia’s Whistler article, Whistler used to be called London Mountain, but locals started calling it Whistler in honour of the whistling marmot and so the name caught on. How cute is that? An adorable animal has a place named after it!

Whistling Hoary Marmot

Whistling Marmot

Found here: Wikipedia

Jan 102012
 

The next boss we tackle in the game is a cool dude named Spark Mandrill. Mandrills, if you aren’t sure, are those monkeys with colorful faces that you see. They’re very striking and beautiful, and very impressive looking. They are also very intimidating. Of course, they’re also primates so they’re very curious and intelligent. Take a look at this baby mandrill and its parent showing curiosity towards an object somewhere to the right of the image frame. I wonder what they’re looking at, and if they’re enjoying sharing the moment together.

Curious Mandrills

Curious Mandrills

Found Here: Animal Fact Guide

Jan 092012
 

Penguin here.

I love chickadees. They’re so cute and small and pudgy. Blue Bear has a bird feeder. Whenever chickadees come by, they fly onto the perch very briefly and rush to take seed(s). They then return shortly after for a second helping. Larger birds like sparrows or cardinals have no problem staying on the perch and eating the seeds there. I find the chickadees’ bird-feeding behaviour to be absolutely adorable. They’re also a very noisy but super cute set of chirping birds. It’s always a pleasure to know that some chickadees are around!

Black-Capped Chickadee

Have you been eating a lot of seeds lately?

Photographed by Jerry Acton and found on All About Birds: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A note from Penguin: You should definitely check that awesome bird site out. It’s one of my favorites.