Thursday, November 8, 2012

Animal News - Unique Two Headed Snake, One Head at Each End

A family in South Carolina, the United States found a unique animal: two-headed snake. However, unlike the other two headed snake, the two heads together, the snake has a head at each end. (Source: viva

Animal News - Drinking Alcohol, 50 Elephants Got Drunk and Raged in India

This is what happens when an elephant drunk. Elephant herd consists of 50 head raided a intoxicating liquor store in India and drank 18 jerry cans of Mahua.

A report said, the smell of the drink is interesting for herd of elephants out of the forest and raided the store. The elephants were drunk also invade surrounding shacks, looking for another alcohol liquor, unsatisfied by it. Thus published in Times of India article.

High levels of alcohol make a herd of elephants unchecked, they cause chaos and entered Dumurkota village, which is under the supervision of Kotwali police station last Sunday.

Until late at night, the police officers struggling, trying to lead a herd of elephants crossing the river Kangsabati.

"Unfortunately, these animals live close to humans, they also recognize the smell of alcohol," said police spokesman, Asish Samanat.

He added, similar to the human elephant drunk. They can become aggressive and unreasonable. The difference is, "they are much bigger than us."

Herd of drunken elephants allegedly were part of a large herd of 120 that come from other areas on Friday night. To cope with elephant acts that are not  fully aware, the police asked the villagers to help drive them away. Luckily Asian Elephants are smaller than African elephants and more easily tamed, although they can run at speeds of 30 miles per hour.

It was not the first time an elephant drunk and cause trouble. In 2007, six elephants had paralyzed for being wild and crazy after rice wine party. Meanwhile, in 2010, a herd of drunken elephants consisting of 70 raged villages damaging and  killed three people.

Currently only left about 50,000 Asian elephants in the wild. Although they have no natural predators. viva

Monday, October 29, 2012

Animal News - Rare Gorillas in Congo Park

Some travelers were escorted by troops M23 movement see where the mountain gorillas that are rare in the Virunga National Park, Congo, Tuesday (10/23/2012). The opening of the park is also intended as an effort to preserve the animals that have been categorized as rare. Photo: REUTERS / James viva



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Animal World - All about LORIS around the world

Loris is the common name for the strepsirrhine primates of the subfamily Lorisinae in family Lorisidae. Loris is one genus in this subfamily and includes the slender lorises, while Nycticebus is the genus for the slow lorises.

Lorises are nocturnal. They are found in tropical and woodland forests of India, Sri Lanka, and other parts in southeast Asia. Loris locomotion is a slow and cautious climbing form of quadrupedalism. Some lorises are almost entirely insectivorous, while others also include fruits, gums, leaves, and slugs in their diet.

Female lorises practice infant parking, leaving their young infants behind in nests. Before they do this they bathe their young with allergenic saliva that is acquired by licking patches on the insides of their elbows that produce a mild toxin that discourages most predators, though orangutans occasionally eat lorises.


Animal World - All about LLAMA around the world

The llama (Lama glama) is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times.

The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is 1.7 to 1.8 m (5.5 to 6.0 ft) tall at the top of the head, and can weigh between 130 to 200 kilograms (280 to 450 lb). At birth, a baby llama (called a cria) can weigh between 9 and 14 kilograms (20 and 30 lb). Llamas can live for a period of about 20–30 years depending on how well they are taken care of. Llamas are very social animals and live with other llamas as a herd. The wool produced by a llama is very soft and lanolin-free. Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for 5-8 miles.

The name llama (in the past also spelled 'lama' or 'glama') was adopted by European settlers from native Peruvians.

Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago. By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago), camelids were extinct in North America. As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the United States and Canada.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Funny Cats Photos

 Cute Photographs of the cats when they're in Action. viva


Animal News - New Monkey Species Found in Congo

A new species of monkey found in the Democratic Republic of Congo and suspected of being part of Lesula, Friday (09/21/2012). The monkey was first seen in 2007 and is the second finding that monkeys representing Africa in the last 28 years. (Photo: REUTERS / Hart Ja) viva

Monday, September 24, 2012

Animal World - All about TARSIER around the world

Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia.

The phylogenetic position of extant tarsiers within the order Primates has been debated for much of the past century, and tarsiers have alternately been classified with strepsirrhine primates in the suborder Prosimii, or as the sister group to the simians (=Anthropoidea) in the infraorder Haplorrhini. Analysis of SINE insertions, a type of macromutation to the DNA, is argued to offer very persuasive evidence for the monophyly of Haplorrhini, where other lines of evidence, such as DNA sequence data, remain ambiguous. Thus, some systematists argue the debate is conclusively settled in favor of a monophyletic Haplorrhini. In common with simians, tarsiers have a mutation in the L-gulonolactone oxidase (GULO) gene which confers need for vitamin C in the diet. Since the strepsirrhines do not have this mutation and have retained the ability to make vitamin C, the genetic trait which confers the need for it in the diet would tend to place tarsiers with haplorrhines.

At a lower phylogenetic level, the tarsiers have, until recently, all been placed in the genus Tarsius, while it was debated whether the species should be placed in two (a Sulawesi and a Philippine-western group) or three separate genera (Sulawesi, Philippine and western groups). Species level taxonomy is complex, with morphology often being of limited use compared to vocalizations. Further confusion existed over the validity of certain names. Among others, the widely used T. dianae has been shown to be a junior synonym of T. dentatus, and comparably, T. spectrum is now considered a junior synonym of T. tarsier.

Animal World - All about TROUT around the world

Trout is the name for a number of species of freshwater fish belonging to the genera Oncorhynchus, Salmo and Salvelinus, all of the subfamily Salmoninae of the family Salmonidae. The word trout is also used as part of the name of some non-salmonid fish such as Cynoscion nebulosus, the spotted seatrout or speckled trout.

Trout are closely related to salmon and char (or charr): species termed salmon and char occur in the same genera as do trout (Oncorhynchus - Pacific salmon and trout, Salmo - Atlantic salmon and various trout, Salvelinus - char and trout).

Most trout such as Lake trout live in freshwater lakes and/or rivers exclusively, while there are others such as the Rainbow trout which spend two or three years at sea before returning to freshwater to spawn, a habit more typical of salmon.

Trout are an important food source for humans and wildlife including brown bears, birds of prey such as eagles, and other animals. They are classified as an oily fish.