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Comb Duck and Knob-Billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos) -

Comb ducks are one of the largest species of duck, and they are the only members of the genus Sarkidiornis.  There are two subspecies of comb duck.  They differ only slightly by size and color.  These ducks are common in pan-tropical regions of Madagascar, southern parts of Asia and northern parts of Argentina.  

Male ducks have a large knob on their beaks and are larger than females.  Juveniles are more mottled and their feathers are duller brown.  As they mature, their wings become black and iridescent, and their breasts and undersides become whiter.  They live and feed in groups, eating mostly water vegetation and sometimes fish.  Unlike many other ducks, they prefer to perch in trees.

Photos: (top) (bottom left) (bottom right)

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Malaysian Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus) -

True to its name, they are native to Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Singapore.  Aeluroscalabotes is the only genus in its family, and this gecko is the only species in that genus.  The term cat gecko comes from the habit of curling its tail at rest and wrapping it around itself as it sleeps.  

Unlike most geckos, it does not have the adhesive feet pads.  Instead, it climbs trees using small claws and its prehensile tail.  It is thought to be one of the more primitive species of gecko.  Its small build likens it to some fossilized gecko ancestors. 

Their coloration can vary from yellow to red, and their eyes can be black, silver and sometimes a dark green.  They are nocturnal and not picky eaters.  In certain regions, they are protected from poaching for pet trade, but in other areas, populations are unknown. 

Photos: (top) (bottom left) (bottom right)

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Today (19.05.2015) a horrible incident took place in my home country (Azerbaijan, Baku). An apartment building was flamed up, and engulfed almost the whole building. More than 50 people have been injured, and 20 have died, including 1-5 years old children. This is the second building that burned to the ground in the last 2 months. The reason is, I quote, “The bad quality of plastic paneling covering the building contributed to the fire and a criminal probe has been launched to determine the culprits.” Numerous building apartments like this one are covered with this particular material, and after this incident, they’re tearing it down of the surface of the buildings. But this isn’t the solution, because that isn’t the main issue. The issue is the actions that my government is showing out in order to get ready for the Olympic Games. They’re  displacing people from their houses to use the era, they’re using cheap material to cover the surface of the buildings, so they would look appropriate on the outside, but it causes disasters, 6 months ago they burned almost 300 homeless dogs alive, to get the streets cleaned out. They’re closing the roads, and changing the rotation of the buses, it causes horrible traffic and inconvenience among the citizens. If that’s not the worse, they had reduced people’s salary, no matter where you work or how low is your payment.  My government is only trying to please the tourists that are to come here for the Olympic Games, they don’t give a damn about their own people, and we’re truly suffering.
And those tourists have no idea what is actually going on here, and I am so mad that I can’t make my voice heard.

Today, I didn’t slaughter animals.

Tomorrow, I won’t slaughter animals.

Next week, I won’t slaughter animals.

Next month, I won’t slaughter animals.

Next year, I won’t slaughter animals.

In a decade from now, I won’t slaughter animals.

In a lifetime from now, I won’t slaughter animals.

Why?

Because I care.

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Gonatodes (Gonatodes daudini)-

Gonatodes is a genus of dwarf geckos that include many different species. Almost every species has a dramatic and unique color variation (in the males mostly). They mostly live in the forests of South America although some have adapted to live in cities and have been taken as pets.

They eat almost any bug that they can swallow.  Some species of Gonatodes are becoming critically endangered due to deforestation.

Most of the species have pointed noses and are rather narrow in body size.  However Gonatodes Daudini, shown here is the only one with large  scales, bright orange irises and the 3 eye shaped patterns displayed by the males. 

Photos: Strategy Forum INC on Flickr 

Posted this image some days ago, reposting because of the originality of the comment I read today. Such a fine specimen misfit-today is, such a genius, what creativity! This person displays exceptional superior intellectual ability. Such talent most at least remain framed forever on tumblr:

Breaking news! fucking-fucked-faced-fucker wants vegans to know:

EVIL VEGANS and their agendas!!!!

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has something to say:

I’m here to say clearly and unabashedly that I’ve got an agenda: it’s to stop violence against of billions and billions of animals. It’s to empower people to make informed food choices so they experience optimal wellness – in body, mind, spirit, and community. It’s to share the joys and benefits of living such a life.

It’s true: I have an agenda. It’s called compassion. It’s true – I confess: I operate from biases of kindness, mercy, and nonviolence, and I’m proud of it. These biases compel me to not contribute to violence against animals, to make thoughtful, conscious decisions in order to cause the least amount of suffering. This biased lens through which I see the world dictates every decision I make, and that’s true for all of us, including those who eat animal flesh and fluids.

Understanding this means the difference between feeling empowered and confident rather than apologetic and defensive.

I have a vegan agenda, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Aardwolf (Proteles Christata) - 

Despite its name, the aardwolf is a member of the hyena family.  It is smaller than its Hyaenidae cousins and it does not hunt large prey.  Instead, it has a modified, long sticky tongue that it uses to eat insects and termites.  Occasionally, it will scavenge for carrion.  Because of its diet, sometimes their teeth wear or fall out.

They are nocturnal and live in burrows.  They are social and pairs will both work to raise cubs.  However during foraging, they will typically separate and feed alone.  

Since they cannot run very quickly, they rely on their foul smelling spray, and their mohawk like manes that can be raised to seem more threatening.