Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) undulating at a local zoo. Moon jellies feed by moving slowly and catching unsuspecting prey in their wispy tentacles, which then contract in a corkscrew motion to bring the prey in to the body. While moon jellies in zoos have been known to live for several years, those in the wild usually live only 6 months, often dying due to being exhausted from reproduction and thus contracting bacterial infections from warming waters.
SW: “The answer is easy! When someone enters the book, it scans their memories, and uses them to shape the world, for a better experience. One of the things that does is to take certain iconic and important ponies to the reader, to appear in the book itself as important figures, in this case Rarity, Sweetie Belle’s sister, replaced the Queen of the Marias.”
BV: “Exactly! It’s not your real Rarity, but to us, book-ponies, the change is seamless, for us is like Queen Rarity was always there.
There will probably be more of these“familiar faces” in this world, waiting for you!”
The most adorable mouse opossum there ever was. He even gave me a “tail hug” (wrapping his tail around my pinky, resulting in the lower photo) before we released him back to frolic in the dry tropical rainforest. :)
The plains pocket mouse, Perognathus flavescens. The reason this little guy’s cheeks are so big is because he has cheek pouches, like a chipmunk, to store seeds. Little information is known about these mice because little research has been done on them.
This is an ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata). She was quite elderly and only had her two front legs completely intact- both of her back feet were mangled, probably from fights in the past. However, she was still very much alive and, when we put her down, she kept turtling (is there really a better verb?) through the forest, determined as ever.