Along the Turtle Paths



These tracks are not left by cars or trucks, these are turtle paths in the beach of Yemen. From the moment of birth a turtle remembers the way back for 30 years to come back here for the first laying. Then it will be back here almost every year, till it dies on the halfway one day.
Looking at this it seems you know how a cosmonaut from the Earth would feel being on Mars. Like a turtle on this beach of Yemen - clumsy and unprotected. Seems he still has oxygen in his spacesuit and connection with the Earth, but can't act freely and he has to work despite any possible problems or even dangers. 

Top 5 Strangest Animal Incidents


5. Sheep Abseiled Down Electricity Cable After Snagging Its Horn

This hapless sheep has become a real life ‘ram-bo’ after inadvertently abseiling down a hill when its horn became snagged on an electricity wire.The unfortunate sheep was spotted bleating for help more than 15 feet above the ground next to a telegraph pole. Luckily it did not catch the current from the wire.
The drama unraveled at the small town of Helgoysund on the Norwegian coast. Tourists at the scene mounted a rescue attempt and eventually roped it to pull it back to ground level. After nearly an hour, and some ingenious rope work, the German tourists managed to bring the sheep down unharmed. Spectators suggested the sheep may have been grazing on the hill, and while trying to reach a field of ewes, it got its horn stuck on the zip wire. As it got more agitated, it was pulled down the hill on the wire it was attached to and ended up more than five metres above the ground.

Top 5 Most Unusual Pets


5. Lynne (and 7 others): the Rothschild giraffes who share a family dinner table

In many ways, the setting is just a typical family breakfast. Young children and their mother enjoy croissants and orange juice while sitting around a table together. But things become a little different when you notice a giraffe poking its head through the window to join them for a drink and a bite to eat. In fact, the Carr-Hartley family has the unusual distinction of sharing their home with eight Rothschild giraffes, some of the rarest on the planet. Talk about weird pets. In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest animals are free to roam their 140-acre estate and are regular visitors at their English-style manor built in the colonial era. Every day shortly before 9am, the mammal beasts stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows and doors in search of morning treats. Owners Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley literally share their dining table with them. They know all of the giraffes by name: 13-year-old Lynne is the leader of the herd and can be very persistent about getting treats.

Top 5 fascinating Bioluminescent Organisms


5. Glowing Mushrooms (Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms)

During Japan’s rainy season, a glow-in-the-dark mushroom begins to sprout in Wakayama prefecture. The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms sprout from fallen chinquapin trees and as they grow, a chemical reaction involving a light-emitting pigment occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green. The caps can grow to as large as 2 cm (about 1 inch) in diameter, but because the mushrooms are prone to dehydration, they only have a few days to live once the rain stops. Just goes to show you that the curiosities of the world never cease!
4. Hawaiian Bobtail Squid (Euprymna scolopes)

Along the Turtle Paths



These tracks are not left by cars or trucks, these are turtle paths in the beach of Yemen. From the moment of birth a turtle remembers the way back for 30 years to come back here for the first laying. Then it will be back here almost every year, till it dies on the halfway one day.
Looking at this it seems you know how a cosmonaut from the Earth would feel being on Mars. Like a turtle on this beach of Yemen - clumsy and unprotected. Seems he still has oxygen in his spacesuit and connection with the Earth, but can't act freely and he has to work despite any possible problems or even dangers. 

Top 5 Strangest Frogs


5. Malagasy Rainbow Frog

The Malagasy rainbow frog lives in the rocky dry forests of Madagascar’s Isalo Massif, where it breeds in shallow temporary pools found in canyons. This species is well adapted to climbing in its rocky surroundings, and can even scale vertical surfaces! When threatened, this frog will inflate itself as a defence mechanism against predators.

Top 5 Most Fascinating Dogs


5. Sgt. Stubby: America’s first war dog hero


America’s first war dog, Stubby, served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. In February of 1918 he saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks. This pit bull terrier dog was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.
He also located and comforted wounded, carried messages under fire and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants after hearing a noise coming from a small patch of brush. He went to investigate and found a German spy. Stubby put his ears back and began to bark. The German began to run and Stubby took off after him, biting the soldier on his legs causing him to trip and fall. Then he attacked the soldier’s arms and finally bit and held onto his rear end. By this time some of the Allied soldiers had come to see what all the noise was. When they saw that the dog had captured a spy they cheered. He became the first dog to be given rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Top 5 Amazing Hybrid Animals


5. Zebroid = Zebra + Equine

A zebroid (also zebra mule and zebrule) is the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine: essentially, a zebra hybrid. In most cases, the sire is a zebra stallion. Offspring of a donkey sire and zebra mare, called a zebra hinny, do exist but are rare. Zebroids have been bred since the 19th century.The zebroid showed in the picture above, Eclyse, is a very unusual one, because of her coloring. With her ├╝ber distinct makings, it’s really hard not think she’s a Photoshop mock-up.

Top 5 of the World’s Biggest Animals


5. World’s Biggest Dog

Say hello to this gargantuan specimen named Hercules, purportedly the Guinness Record holder for World’s Biggest Dog. Hercules is an English Mastiff and has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.
With “paws the size of softballs”, the three-year-old monster is far larger and heavier than his breed’s standard 200lb. limit. Hercules owner Mr. Flynn says that Hercules weight is natural and not induced by a bizarre diet: “I fed him normal food and he just grew, and grew, and grew”.

Top 5 Most Disturbing Bugs


5. Lymantrid moth (Dasychira pudibunda)

The Lymantrid moth (Calliteara pudibunda) is widespread in Danish beech (Fagus sylvatica) forests. The species has one generation in Denmark, with the dull grey moth flying during June. Each female can lay 300-400 eggs which she normally does very near the place where she emerged from the pupae. The small caterpillar is very hairy and can easily be transported by the wind. In late autumn the caterpillar is fully grown, is about 5 cm long and is very beautifully coloured. Pupation takes place among leaves on the ground where a silken cocoon is made.

Charm a Snake Of Sri Lanka



In Sri Lanka people have more confidence in traditional healers that in official medicine. Shami is a hereditary healer, his father and grandfather also worked here. He is the main antidote-maker in the area. There is a special outhouse where the snakes live. Although, nowadays business isn't going so well, thanks to the tourists the man earns $5 for every snake demonstration.

Most Beautiful Dinosaur Park


In this time most of little kids don’t know about dinosaur because they are not still alive but our 3d and historical Hollywood films give a good view on dino life and therefore kids know very well. In old age dinosaur is most biggest animals on the earth and dinosaur also have different species some dinosaur is like to eat vegetable and some dinosaur love to eat others small animals or small dinosaurs some time one big dinosaur is killed another big dinosaur but its so rare. Today I get to you in dinosar park but dont worry these are just sculptures and well painted. Therefore dinosaurs looks real and horoor too. Here are a lot of images below of dinosaur park.
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10 Previous Winners of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (2002-2011)


Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the second oldest sporting event held in the United States of America, the oldest being the Kentucky Derby. The annual two-day breed show is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City and features top-dogs from each of the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club competing to be the Best in Show. There have been a total of 135 WKC dog shows, the first one being held in 1877 that featured over 1200 dogs. 2011’s WKC Dog Show had 2,500 dogs from 179 breeds.

Competing dogs are judged on the basis of how closely they match their breed standards. The Best in Show title is given to the dog that matches its respective breed standards more than any other at the show.
Following are pictures of the ten previous Best in Show winners (covering years 2002-2011) below each of which you will find mentioned the respective breed.
GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind (2011)
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The Largest Bird - Ostrich

The Ostrich, Struthio camelus, is a large flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae and its genus, Struthio. Ostriches share the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, Emus, and other ratites. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 45 miles per hour (72 km/h), the top land speed of any bird). The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any living bird (extinct elephant birds of Madagascar and giant moa of New Zealand laid larger eggs).

The diet of the Ostrich mainly consists of plant matter, though it also eats insects. It lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and fifty birds. When threatened, the Ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can attack with a kick from its powerful legs. Mating patterns differ by geographical region, but territorial males fight for a harem of two to seven females.

The Biggest Rabbit - Amy

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the world’s largest rabbit is a Continental Giant called Amy.

Amy, from Worcester in the UK, is more than 120 cm (4 feet) long and weighs as much as a medium sized dog.

Her weight? Well that depends on which report you choose to believe. In February this year, the Daily Mail reported that Amy weighs two and a half stone (15 kg). But then in March, it reported that the giant rabbit weighs three and a half stone (22 kg).

Perhaps she put on 7 kilograms within a month!

In any case, whichever weight it is, this could make Amy the heaviest rabbit in the world too.

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The Largest Snake - Titanoboa

Titanoboa was 13m (42ft) long - about the length of a bus - and lived in the rainforest of north-east Colombia 58-60 million years ago.

The snake was so wide it would have reached up to a person's hips, say researchers, who have estimated that it weighed more than a tonne.

Green anacondas - the world's heaviest snakes - reach a mere 250kg (550lbs).

Reticulated pythons - the world's longest snakes - can reach up to 10m (32ft).

The largest dead snake ever found, over 50 feet.


World's largest snake found dead in India This is a video of the largest snake ever discovered. The Titanobia, long thought to be extinct, measured over 50 feet long and was found by...
 
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10 Fastest Land Animals in the World

If wild animals could participate in the Olympics, the land animals of the wild would outrun any human. Most animals use their speed when overpowering prey or escaping a predator. The following maximum speed measurements "are based on measurements recorded over approximately quarter-mile distances. Exceptions are the lion, which was clocked in the act of charging, and the cheetah, which was measured over a 100-yard distance," notes the TravelAlmanac.com.


1. Cheetah

The world's fasted land animal is the cheetah. The cheetah has an "acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust; a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3 seconds," according to the National Geographic. This large cat has exceptional eyesight to scan for prey. The sleek and flexible spotted body of a cheetah provides camouflage for dry grasslands in Southern and East Africa, where about 12,000 endangered wild cheetahs exist.

Top 5 of the World’s Smallest Animals


5. World’s Smallest Dog: 12.4 cm (4.9-inch) tall



At 1.4 pounds and 4.9 inches tall, Ducky, a yappy short-coat Chihuahua from Charlton (Massachusetts, USA), holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest living dog (by height). Ducky succeeds Danka Kordak of Slovakia, a Chihuahua who measured 5.4 inches tall. The smallest dog ever, according to Guinness, was a dwarf Yorkshire terrier who stood 2.8 inches tall.

Top 5 Fascinating Albino Animals


5. Albino Alligators


From over 2 million alligators in the United States, only about 40 are albino. This 14 year-old albino alligator (Alligator mississppiensis), named ‘White Diamond’, was born in Louisiana in the U.S. grew up at the St. Augustin-Alligator Farm in Florida, and is now part of a travelling reptile show called ‘Land der Reptilien’.
4. Albino Frogs

Lurch - World’s Largest Horns

This is Lurch, the proud bearer of the world’s largest horns. Lurch is a Watusi bull living in an Animal shelter, whose horns measure 92.25 cm and weigh more than 100 pounds each. He’s quite the attraction in his home state and he’s favorite pass-time is acting as bodyguard for a crippled horse that’s being harassed by fellow horses. He looks amazing doesn’t he?


World's Largest Living Insect - Chan's Megastick

The world’s largest insect has been discovered by scientists in London.




At nearly the length of a human arm, the stick insect is not the kind of creepy crawlie you’d want to find sheltering in your bath tub.

Named Phobaeticus Chani - meaning "Chan's megastick" – the insect is more than half a metre with legs outstretched – 55.6cm between the tips of its long spindly legs.

No living examples of the creature have ever been seen, but they are thought to live in the tops of giant rain forest trees on the island of Borneo.

Scientists have only just twigged that the stick insect, which belongs to the Natural History Museum in London, is a new species.

It is more than one centimetre longer than the previous title holder for world’s largest insect.

Dr George Beccaloni, curator of stick insects and their relatives at the Natural History Museum, said: "What seems very likely is that they live at the top of massive rainforest trees, which is why no-one has seen any of them alive. Our specimen probably fell out of a tree or died."

Kiwi Bird - Largest Eggs In Proportion To Its Size

The chicken-sized species that make up the kiwi family Apterygidae exhibit many unusual traits. The wings are tiny and hidden within the soft, hairlike, gray-brown plumage, and the nostrils are located at the tip of the long flexible bill (rather than at the base, as with most birds). The legs are stout and muscular, with a large claw on each of the four toes. Kiwi are solitary and nocturnal; they live in the forests of New Zealand, sleeping in burrows during the day and foraging at night for worms, insects, and berries.

Kiwi eggs are huge with respect to the size of the mother: the female kiwi lays an egg equivalent to 15–20 percent of her body mass. In contrast, ostrich eggs equal a mere 2 percent of the female ostrich's weight, and a newborn human weighs just 5 percent of its mother's weight at birth.

DNA analyses in 1995 and 2003 redefined the kiwi family structure by identifying five distinct species. These are the North Island brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli); the little spotted kiwi (A. owenii); the great spotted kiwi (A. haastii); the rowi (A. rowi); and the tokoeka kiwi (A. australis). The latter is further divided into numerous subspecies.


Wandering Albatross - World's Largest Wingspan More Than 3.5 Metres

The Wandering Albatross, Snowy Albatross, or White-winged Albatross, Diomedea exulans, is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean. It was the first species of albatross to be described, and was long considered the same species as the Tristan Albatross and the Antipodean Albatross. In fact, a few authors still consider them all subspecies of the same species. The SACC has a proposal on the table to split this species, and BirdLife International has already split it. Together with the Amsterdam Albatross it forms the Wandering Albatross species complex. The Wandering Albatross is the largest member of the genus Diomedea (the great albatrosses), one of the largest birds in the world, and is one of the best known and studied species of bird in the world.


World's Largest Dog - Zorba the English Mastiff

If there are any large dogs that are well known in the world, Zorba is probably one of them. Zorba is an English Mastiff from the UK that made the Guinness Book of World Records because of her massive size. The English Mastiff is a large breed of dog with an excellent reputation from those who know of them. Many people are not familiar with the Mastiff breed, until they read about one of them being in the Guinness Book of World Records. They are a dog of great courage and dignity that walk with a sense of look of grandeur. They are good natured, calm, easygoing with a great sense of humor. Not only do adults love them, but they are wonderful with kids and easy to train if you follow the advice in training manuals such as the free free Matiff Breed Personality, Fitness & Care course.

The Fastest Animal on the Planet - Peregrine Falcon


The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known simply as the Peregrine, and historically as the "Duck Hawk" in North America, is a cosmopolitan bird of prey in the family Falconidae. It is a large, crow-sized falcon, with a blue-gray back, barred white underparts, and a black head and "moustache". It can reach speeds over 320 km/h (200 mph) in a stoop, making it the fastest animal on the planet. As is common with bird-eating raptors, the female is much bigger than the male. Experts recognize 17–19 subspecies, which vary in appearance and range; there is disagreement over whether the distinctive Barbary Falcon is a subspecies or a distinct species.

The Peregrine's breeding range includes land regions from the Arctic tundra to the Tropics. It can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests; the only major ice-free landmass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. This makes it the world's most widespread bird of prey. Both the English and scientific names of this species mean "wandering falcon", referring to the migratory habits of many northern populations.


Hercules - World’s Largest Big Cat

Hercules is a 900-pound-heavy, 6-feet-tall and 12-feet-long liger who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest cat.

Born from a lion father and tiger mother, Hercules grew into an impressive creature, able to run at speeds of up to 50 mph and eat 100 pounds of food in one sitting. Ligers have been known to be fat and unhealthy cats, but Hercules is an exceptional specimen that got the best from both feline races.

During a recent photo-shoot, Hercules’ caretakers wanted to show his enormous size by placing him against popular English symbols, like an old double-decker bus or a black cab. He was actually able to climb the bus to receive a tasty treat. It might look like the world’s biggest cat is actually in London, but he’s really quite close to home, at Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, Southern California.

Despite his gigantic size, Hercules is very tame and Dr. Bhagavan, one of the liger’s caretakers, says looking into his eyes is “like looking into God’s own eyes”.

Top 10 Strongest Animals Compared to Body Weight


Meet the top ten in most extreme strength.
10. Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear They are strongest mountain animal, can lift 0,8 times their body weight. Their weight is 1500 pounds and can lift until 1200 pounds.
9. Mussel
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10 Animals With the Longest Life Spans


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There are tortoises alive today that were 25 to 50 years old when Charles Darwin was born. There are whales swimming the oceans with 200-year-old ivory spear points embedded in their flesh. There are cold-water sponges that were filter-feeding during the days of the Roman Empire. In fact, there are a number of creatures with life spans that make the oldest living human seem like a spring chicken in comparison. Here’s our list of the 10 animals with the longest life spans.

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Top 10 Best Jumper Animals in the World


The world’s latest high-jump champ just might live in your backyard.
10. Bharal
They live in Himalayan and one of the best jumpers among animals. They’re adapted to jump from cliff to cliff and hill to hill.
9. Hare
They are one of fastest animals which have great ability to jump. They can run up to 45 mph or 72 km/hour, hard to get caught by predators.
8. Red Kangaroo
They are fastest jumper among all mammals. They can jump with speed up to 35 mph or 56 km/hour.
7. Klipspringer
Their height around 1,5 m., they can jump 10 times their own body height. They are highest jumper among all mammals compared to body size.
6. Grasshopper
They can jump 20 times their own body length. Imagine a person who can jump as long as basketball court.
5. Kangaroo Rat
They can 45 times their own body length. Imagine a person who can jump over a football court. They are longest jumper among all mammals compared to body size.
4. Froghopper
They can jump 70 times their own body height. They’re the 2nd highest jumper among animals compared to body size.
3. Jumping Spider
They can jump 100 times their own body length. Imagine a person who can jump as long as 2 jumbo jets.
2. Tree Frog
They can jump 150 times their own body length. Imagine a person who can jump as long as RMS Titanic. They are 2nd longest jumper among animals compared to body size.
1. Flea
They can jump 220 times their own body length and 150 times their own body height. They are longest and highest jumper among animals compared to body size.
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The World's Bravest Mouse


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This mouse danced with death when it tucked itself into the lunch of a hungry leopard. Like a little child and seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the mischievous rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of pouncing on the tiny intruder, the 12-year-old leopard, called Sheena, appeared to be afraid of the daring mouse and kept her distance. At one stage she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but the determined little guy carried on chewing away until he was full.
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World's Fastest Muscle (In the tongue of a salamander)


World's Fastest Muscle (In the tongue of a salamander) 01 We all know chameleons, especially for some of their performances, like the ability of changing color or for their special hunting technique.
While the ability of changing color is not so singular in the animal world (many fishes, cephalopods like octopuses and squids, or even other lizards have it), their technique of projecting an enormously long sticky tongue is regarded by many as very specific.
That's wrong, as exactly the same method of catching prey is employed by a group of salamanders from the Americas.
Moreover, a new research at University of South Florida found an unusual record for these animals: the giant palm salamander of Central America shoots out its tongue with the fastest speed developed by any known muscle in the animal world.
The species, Bolitoglossa dofleini, can shoot out its tongue at 18,000 watts of power per muscular kilogram, about twice more than the power output broken out by the previous record detainer, the Colorado River toad Bufo alvarius.

Bolitoglossa extends its tongue (which measures more than half of its body length) in about 7 milliseconds, 50 times faster than an eye blink. The research team employed high-speed video cameras and electrodes implanted in the salamanders' tongue muscles to check the animals' performances as they hunted live crickets.
World's Fastest Muscle (In the tongue of a salamander) 03 The fact that the tongues were propelled outward much faster than by sheer muscle contraction made the researchers suppose there must be an unknown elastic tissue connected to the salamander's tongue that stores up the energy amounts required by the explosive projection.
The process can be compared to the stretching and shooting of a rubber band: the recoil occurs faster than the act of releasing a rubber band pulled taut. "The amount of energy doesn't change; it's just released faster," said lead researcher Stephen Deban.
Tongue-launching systems found in other species is formed by three components: a motor to produce energy, a spring to store it and a latch to control the unloading of the spring, but by now only the motor in the salamander system has been found. "What remains to be discovered are the anatomical structures that make up the spring and the latch" said Deban.

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The World's Biggest Bugs


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Bugs tend to freak us out. Mosquitoes, spiders, wasps, centipedes... you name it. If it crawls, bites or buzzes (especially anywhere near our faces), then we squirm, swat and run. But what's worse than a little bug crawling on, or biting you? How about a really, really big one?

Here are some pictures of the biggest bugs on Earth. Enjoy!


Belostomatidae

Belostomatidae is a family of insects better known as "giant water bugs" or "toe-biters." Most species in the Belostomatidae family are relatively large (2 cm or more) with some of the largest, such as Lethocerus, exceeding 12 cm, and nearly reaching the dimensions (length and mass) of some of the larger beetles in the world.

All bugs in the Belostomatidae family are fierce predators which stalk, capture and feed on aquatic crustaceans, fish and amphibians. They often lie motionless at the bottom of a body of water, attached to various objects, where they wait for prey to come near. They then strike, injecting a powerful digestive saliva and suck out the liquefied remains. Yum!

Their bite is considered one of the most painful that can be inflicted by any insect. The saliva liquefies muscle tissue. In rare instances, their bite can do permanent damage to humans. So don't get drunk and pass out with your face near one of these guys.

 

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