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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm)

Pallas Cat_7


One of these guard cats only tells lies. The other only tells lies as well.


Basically, cats don’t care about your petty human concept of “truth”.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 18th, 2017 06:01 pm)

Prairie Dog_5


“Thou wilt be throng’d to shortly.”




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 18th, 2017 02:01 pm)

Porcupine_1


Porcupine that just downloaded the Shazam app and is realizing that it is of no use whatsoever in identifying the plaintful music that he hears in his dreams, echoing strains of melody like tendrils holding his mind hostage until the wee hours of the morning yawn and spread wide to welcome the day.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 17th, 2017 11:00 pm)

Pallas Cat_6


Pallas cat kittens are not all equally brave.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 17th, 2017 06:00 pm)

Meerkat_6


And then he got him to a rock aloft,

Where having spied her tower, long stared he on’t,

And prayed the narrow toiling Hellespont

To part in twain, that he might come and go;

But still the rising billows answered, “No.”




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 17th, 2017 02:00 pm)

Giant River Otter_56


Giant river otters play in the water just like small ones.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 16th, 2017 11:01 pm)

Wombat


The wombat enclosure at the LA Zoo is kept so dark that it is almost impossible to see anything. For those who follow such things, this show was a 1/6 of a second exposure at f/3.3 and ISO 12,800. I am optimistic that my newer experiments with low light photography will allow me to do better the next time I visit.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 16th, 2017 08:34 pm)

Dead Tree_1


Some people are taking civil war erasure a bit too far.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 16th, 2017 06:01 pm)

Short Nosed Echidna_20


The echidna is a monotreme like the platypus. They can be found in some zoos but, with them being very nocturnal, it can be very hard to get good photos of them. I lucked out that on this one day, there were two of them just wandering around as if they didn’t know it was daytime.


Now I just need to photograph three more species of echidna and a platypus and I’ll have collected the whole set.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 16th, 2017 02:00 pm)

Tasmanian Devil_17


Tasmanian devils are unpopular at parties – they always hold onto the joint.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 16th, 2017 02:07 am)

Cinereous Vulture


“Cinereous” means “color of ash” because “grey vulture” sounds stupid.


As I was reading about grey, I stumbled upon the claim that you can define grey as all solutions of the inequality: 0 ≤ (R = G = B) ≤ 255


There are rather more than 50 options.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 15th, 2017 11:01 pm)

Tapir_7


The tree is starting to worry that the dwarven armorer she met in the previous village might not have been entirely truthful about the magical properties of the chain mail he had sold her.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 15th, 2017 06:01 pm)

Perente_1


This lizard doesn’t think it’s right that Minnesota’s abbreviation “MN” looks more mountainy than all the other states and thinks it should swap names with Colorado.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 15th, 2017 02:01 pm)

Peninsular Pronghorn_12


The pronghorn is doing fine. This is, however, a sub-species of pronghorn that lives on the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.


It looks almost entirely like the regular pronghorn, from which it has been isolated long enough to start to form its own species. However, this particular breed of pronghorn is down to 150 individuals in the wild. Several zoos are working to species.


But what happens if they fail? If we lose this species, and the Baja area no longer has these “ghosts of the desert”? Will we let them fade into myth, a fading memory that only pops up here and then when someone gets a glimpse of white and tan in the far distance? Will this become their Loch Ness monster, their Bigfoot?


Or will we take some of our existing pronghorn from elsewhere in North America and just plop a herd back in that area? If we did that, would it be the same? For many, yes. Could the transplanted animals thrive? Quite possibly. Would there be any practical difference between letting the current pronghorns die out and just replace them once the land has been repaired? Most would say no.


150 would say yes.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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