Thursday, 4 April 2013

Surprisingly Naked Animals

Wе all love little fluffy pets. It doesn't matter whether it's a rabbit, a puppy, a kitten, or a baby horse. But sometimes an animal is born ending up bald. Some people are attracted to bald animals and they grow them deliberately.

And that doesn't matter as long as they are treated well. Unfortunately that isn't always the case. Here are some of the crazy hairless animals found within a domestic setting.

Hairless Rabbits

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What you see is real – no trick photography, nor has the bun been shaved or artificially modified! This amazing little character is quite rare and was accidentally bred here in Australia.

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Many in the pet world are a bit horrified by this as to date furless bunnies that have showed up spontaneously in the pet population (and there have been many) usually die very early in their life suffering from all sorts of health problems. Besides this hairless animals might be OK in heat but they’d bake like a lobster in the sun with no fur to protect their delicate skin. 

Bald Baboon

hairless baboonLonely baboon ... the rare hairless female was spotted in Zimbabwe (link)

The animals usually hang around in troops of up to 250, but this female is forced to feed alone - after losing all her hair. The unfortunate creature was spotted by British-born gran Ann Warner near her new home in Zimbabwe.

Ann, 65, who is originally from Hartlepool, said: “Baboons are not the loveliest looking of animals at the best of times. “(She) gave us quite a fright on first glance."

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It's not known what caused the baboon to go bald - but monkeys and apes sometimes lose their hair in rare cases of alopecia, just like humans.

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This hairless baboon was seen being forever alone in Zimbabwe. All the other baboons won’t let this one join in their baboon games because of her appearance.

Hairless Cat

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Cats are typically fuzzy, soft little creatures that enjoy a good snuggle (once in a while, on their terms)! There are at least two genetically different strains of hairless cats out there forming the Sphynx breed and the Peterbald breed. There are several breeds on top of this but I have yet to discern if they’re playing with the same gene or are distinctive. Either way people love these little naked kitties.

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They’re obnoxiously friendly (or maybe just using your lap for heat – we may never know) and often are even colorful. Badly bred kittens may have heart issues later in life or other health problems while well bred ones are generally pretty healthy. In fact one of the world’s oldest cats, Grandpa, was a sphynx and he lived to be 34 years old! Not bad for a cat rescued from the Humane Society.

 Hairless Squirrel

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The fur loss is caused by a fungus or mange mites that spread easily from squirrel to squirrel in their winter dens. On frigid days, unrelated squirrels seek out the coziest dens and squish together. Most squirrels aren’t harmed by the fungal infection, the mites or the fur loss. They’ll regrow fur in the coming weeks. More pix after the jump.

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The animal first experiences hair loss over the chest and shoulders. The mange then eventually spreads over the entire body, causing the animal to become nearly bald.

blad squirrelNaked: Smoothie the squirrel has baffled vets (dailymail)

Hairlass Chicken

hairlass chickenMr Feather, the five-month-old featherless chicken, being chased by a cat (link)

It was one of 2,000 chicks born on a remote farm... but this is the bird that caused a real flap. Mr Feather, as he's been cruelly dubbed, won't feel cock-a-hoop though. That's because the poor chicken was born completely bald - and has remained so ever since.

Not only does Mr Feather look fowl, he must be a temptation to hungry humans - being oven-ready after all - and he's even had cats chasing him round. But, so far, he's survived. The bird of no feathers hatched in China's Shandong Province five months ago and since then he has become a local celebrity.

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Soon the shelves of European and American shops will decorate the new genetically modified chickens. They are fundamentally different from the usual chicken – not feathered friends, because the tail is completely absent from them …

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Israeli researchers set out to a new breed of broiler chickens, which would have saved time and money to producers of chicken meat. Genetically modified chickens have no feathers, and their skin is reddish in color.

Hairless Parrot

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While much of the media is touting Oscar the cockatoo as the world’s ugliest bird, the near-naked creature with nothing more than a tuft of feathers on her head is enchanting people world-wide by storm as she gives real meaning to the adage that true beauty comes from within.

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“She looks like a bald chicken. There’s no getting away from it.” said one of her keepers, adding, “I love this bird.” What’s even more miraculous about this special bird is that Oscar was diagnosed with Beak and Feather Disease — a virus highly contagious to other birds — and given 6 months to live. That was 12 years ago.

Hairless Horse

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Nobody is quite sure what causes a horse to be hairless. The breeds that seems to pop up as hairless most often are Drafts and Ahkal-Tekes. A hairless horse requires a lot of specialized care that a regularly coated horse does not. They can get fungal infections and are way more prone to sun burning. Without the protective coat their skin dries out easily.

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Brindle coats, curly coats, spotted coats, shiny coats... I've seen them all. However, I've never seen a hairless horse before! While it's more common in cats and dogs, hairless in horses is quite rare. Part of this is because the mutation that causes hairlessness in horses tends to be fatal.

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Below are several hairless horses including Bluebell the $25,000 "hairless wonder" and Wild Nell who was billed as the "india-rubber skinned mare (both from the 1890s) and an unidentified hairless horse from the 1900s.

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Hairless Dog (Obama offered Peruvian dog as White House pet)

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a new pet for the White House. But Malia is allergic to most breeds, he said on Friday as speculation swirled about the dog the family would choose. Owners of the Peruvian Hairless Dog, a breed dating back 3,000 years and depicted in pre-Hispanic ceramics, say it is perfect for kids who are sensitive to dogs.

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"They do not cause any type of allergy and are very friendly and sweet," said Claudia Galvez, 38, director of the Friends of the Peruvian Hairless Dog Association.

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The Peruvian Hairless Dog is a hairless dog breed that originated in Peru. Its entire body is hairless only having short hair on top of its head, on its feet, and on the tip of its tail. An absolutely hairless is much preferred in Peru. The skin color of Peruvian Hairless Dog can be copper, chocolate-brown or elephant grey mottled.

Extra Naked Snakes

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Biologists have found five specimens of an exceedingly rare amphibian, Atretochoana eiselti, in the Brazilian Amazon, reported national media on Tuesday (31)2012. The specimens, a species with an elongated cylindrical body and smooth skin, belonging to the family of so-called caecilians, were found near the construction site of a hydroelectric plant on the Madeira River in Porto Velho, capital of Rondônia state in Northern Brazil.

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Biologists consider the animal very rare, since only two specimens of the species were known to exist before this and there was no clear information about the area where those originated, except that they came from “South America.” The biologists found six of the amphibians – they returned three to the river, one died and they sent two others to research centers.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Animals Literally Half Male And Half Female

A gynandromorph is an organism that contains both male and female characteristics.  These characteristics can be seen in butterflies, where both male and female characteristics can be seen physically because of sexual dimorphism. Cases of gynandromorphism have also been reported in crustaceans, especially lobsters, sometimes crabs and even in birds.

Scientists solve half-cock chicken mystery

Bilateral gynandromorphism chicken-sex-cells-hybridThe left, white, side of this bird is male. The right, brown, side is female.link

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Researchers say they've solved the mystery of why some chickens hatch out half-male and half-female.
About one in every 10,000 chickens is gynandromorphous, to use the technical term. In medieval times, they might have been burned at the stake, as witches' familiars.

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A gynandromorph chicken looks lopsided due to the differing structure of muscle mass in hens and roosters. As well, the average gynandromorph chicken will typically have a spur on the male half’s foot but not on the female half’s foot. Do gynandromorph chickens crow with the sunrise? Maybe just a little… we can forgive them for going off half cocked.

 

Gynandromorph Lobster

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Batman fans will remember Two-Face, the villain with a mug that's half handsome and half gruesome. Recently a Maine lobsterman caught a different kind of two-faced prey—a lobster that looks half raw and half cooked. First noted in 1730, gynandromorph lobsters are extremely rare – they do attract notice, however, because the condition is often (but not always) characterized and/or accompanied by the male and female halves sporting different colors.

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Female lobsters produce eggs whether they’ve mated or not; a gynandromorph lobster was once captured in the wild carrying half the usual complement of eggs. The lobsterman who found the creature donated it to the Maine Department of Marine Resources who monitored the eggs. Though only two eggs were observed to hatch, one of the larvae was male and the other was female.

Gynandromorph Butterfly

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Butterflies are among the most frequently noticed gynandromorphs, owing to the creatures’ oft-exaggerated sexual dimorphism – that is, male and female butterflies of the same species can differ greatly in both size and coloration.

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Children from The Russell School in Richmond with Sir David Attenborough are charmed by a swallowtail at the Big Butterfly Count launch in our butterfly house this morning.

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Since butterflies display their brightest colors on their wings, marked asymmetry in the color and patterning of the wing scales is easily noticed from a distance by both human observers and hungry predators.

Gynandromorphic House Sparrows

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There was a taleJ.C. Abella, 2002 of two probably gynandromorphic House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in two cities in Catalonia, Spain encountered during banding surveys in the late 90s. These again, exemplify the relatively more rare case of male markings on the left and female phenotype on the right.

gynandromorph-rose-breasted-grosbeakA gynandromorphic Rose-breased Grosbeak in transitional plumage, as indicated by the red wing lining on the right (male) side only. © Robert Mulvihill and Adrienne Leppold/Powdermill ARC

Gynandromorph Crab

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One claw two claw red claw blue claw… now hold on a sec, Blue Crab males have blue claws while Blue Crab females have red claws. What to make of a Blue Crab with one blue claw and one red claw, like the one caught by waterman Dave Johnson (above) in a crab pot off the coast of Gwynn’s Island, Virginia on May 21st of 2005?

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The crab, called a "bilateral gynandromorph," is split right down the middle—its right half female and its left half male.

Gynandromorph Spider

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This is a spider from my captive groups. Some of you might find this interesting. It is a gynandromorph Poecilotheria subfusca, meaning that it is half male and half female. Aren’t spiders creepy enough without adding gynandromorphism to the mix? Actually, arachnids aren’t creepy at all – it’s all in your head, or ON your head if you don’t watch where you’re going!

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Spiders don’t exhibit as much sexual dimorphism as some insects (and spiders aren’t insects, trivia buffs) but gynandromorphs are still quite obvious even without an up-close-and-personal inspection.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Unique Swimming with Wild Predators

See wild animals-predators in their natural environment is always aroused the attention and mild chills in many people. But swimming and shooting predators rise in everyone adrenaline, fear of unexpected reactions that carry in their genes. Here are some rare photos recorded where people still muster. For some, it just seems to work.

Swimming in the Crocodile

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As prehistoric predators, crocodiles have a fearsome man-eating reputation, but little is known of their behaviour underwater in the wild. Now scientists are risking their lives to study the reptiles in their natural habitat. But can it ever be safe to dive with a crocodile?

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They have been around for more than 100 million years, but much crocodile behaviour remains a mystery, as they spend around 80% of their lives underwater.

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Nile crocodiles can grow up to 6m long, live up to 100 years old, and weigh up to half a tonne. Fully grown crocs have the strongest bite of any animal, and they are indiscriminate about what they eat - wildebeest, fish or humans.

Swimming with Anaconda

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It lurks just inches below the surface coiled and ready to strike - and yet you wouldn't know it was there.These remarkable images show the enormous 26-foot (eight metre) anacondas of Mato Grosso in Brazil searching for prey in the murky depths.

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An anaconda is a large, non-venomous snake found in tropical South America. Although the name actually applies to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer only to one species in particular, the common or green anaconda, Eunectes murinus, which is one of the largest snakes in the world.

They were captured by brave diver and snake enthusiast Franco Banfi, 53, who joined the beasts in their natural habitat armed only with a camera.

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Say cheese! Banfi, 53, goes up close to take an underwater shot of one of the anacondas. He saw six huge female snakes during his time in Brazil.

Swimming with Shark

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The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large lamniform shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is mainly known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 m (20 ft) in length, and 2,268 kg (5,000 lb) in weight. This shark reaches its maturity around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years.

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Divers pose face-to-face with the predators WITHOUT any protective gear

She described her dance with the massive animal, saying how in the beginning she watched ‘the shark acknowledge and observe me, while I peacefully and calmly allowed it to swim towards me, and then experiencing it accepting my touch, allowing me to dorsal and tail ride,’ in her description of the experience.

The shark lover wants to challenge the misconceptions people have about the oceanic predatorsThe shark lover wants to challenge the misconceptions people have about the oceanic predators

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Commonly thought of as the most voracious man-eating predators of the seas, these creatures actually need to gain confidence in their visitors from the surface before approaching them.Tail-riding through the ocean on the back of a great white shark Ocean Ramsey looks relaxed as she smiles confidently.The stunning show of bravery is even more impressive considering she is swimming with one of the world's most feared ocean predators without protection

swimming with the big white sharkA diver takes a swim next to a great white shark in “Disneynature: Oceans.”

Swimming with Orcas

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The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.

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Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses, and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators.

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swimming with orca in wellingtonIf a baby orca is in the pack, swimming with them is illegal

One eager man was seen snorkelling with them as they rounded the harbour side of the Miramar Peninsula – something which is against the law if a juvenile orca was present.

Bonus-Swimming with Hippo

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Is that a vegetarian diet, but can be very dangerous to man. Brave: Penny's daughter Holly learned to take calculated risks when living in South Africa, such as swimming with this hippo.

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The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse" (ἱπποπόταμος), is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the pygmy hippopotamus). After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third largest type of land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl.

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