bats with bears

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Here’s a thing I’ve been working on for a while, redesigns for a lot of Sonic characters! I don’t like that as the series went on, the characters became more and more tied to a mold, so my aim was to make them varied, fun, and at the same time, consistent between each other.

Some notes:

  • Amy and Shadow are no longer hedgehogs, decided to make Sonic the only hedgehog. To be honest I didn’t settle on what species Amy is supposed to be, though she has some bunny-esque features, but Shadow was based off of tasmanian devils.

  • Amy is now a witch, and her Piko-Piko Hammer acts like a magical girl wand and broom. She’s a spring witch, casting those yellow and red springs you see in Sonic levels from her hammer, which are also two springs!

  • The second Blaze is just her without her sleeves and with her hair untied, to show what her paws and hair look like.

  • Jet is based off of a peregrine falcon

  • Bark the Polar Bear is now a girl.
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Hibernation helps animals like bears, bats, and even frogs survive during lean times. But resting for months at a time also leaves them vulnerable.

For famous hibernators like black bears, predators such as mountain lions can present a threat during their winter rests. A more common one, though, is humans—not because they will attack a bear, but because they can wake it up.

Whether it’s a neighbor’s car alarm or the family dog needing an early walk, no one likes being pulled out of bed earlier than planned. For hibernating animals, an early wake-up call isn’t just an inconvenience—it can be downright lethal. Waking up from hibernation requires a lot of energy, depleting reserves that are key to surviving the winter.

It’s not just bears that are in danger if they wake up from hibernation at the wrong time. In colder areas of North America, many bats species sleep through winters in caves, mines, and other large roosts, known as hibernacula.

In recent years, these populations have been devastated by a disease known as white-nose syndrome, which is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The fungus itself isn’t deadly to bats, though.

“What kills the bat is that the fungus makes them wake up, which is very costly,” says Nancy Simmons, curator-in-charge in the Museum’s Department of Mammalogy whose research specialty is bats. “If they wake up too many times, it burns up all the fat they had stored for the winter.”

A version of this story originally appeared in the winter 2017 issue of Rotunda, the Member magazine.

have a photo post

Per @star-anise‘s request for kitty pics this week, I’m reminded that I actually really like pulling together an assortment of pics and telling stories about them, and I have a metric shitton of random photos on my phone. SO. You can safely expect the occasional post like this until I run out of photos or get bored with it, whichever happens first.

This is two batches combined into one, from back in 2013 (which is I think before I cracked and got a tumblr) and separated by a few weeks and a few hundred miles. One’s from the Milwaukee Zoo, where a friend of a friend is a zookeeper and took us through the exhibits on her day off. I seem to have lost the bat feeding and the polar bear feeding photos, sorry. :( The other set is from the Raptor Rehabilitation Center on the U of Minnesota campus, where they do some damn impressive work with birds of prey.

HELLO PRETTY SNOW LEOPARD what’s that, you want to eat my face? Oh. I guess we’ll stay out here then. Not shown: the back of the cage has an exit onto his native habitat; I forget why he was in back but I think he was due for yearly check-up?

Yes. Yes we did get to feed the giraffes. Yes their tongues are that sticky, which is why you make sure to only lightly hold one end. (No, I don’t remember exactly what the food was, I think a specially balanced grain-and-plant thing made into crackers? It was their treat-food not their regular food.)

MOOSE. This moose was seeing her favorite person and also her favorite food: bananas.

Our zookeeper guide had hand-raised many of the wolves from birth, so several came reasonably close to see who these strange new mammals with her were. 

And the birbs behind a cut because this is getting long…

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animals - norwegian vocab 🐾

🐕 en hund - a dog

🐈 en katt  - a cat

🐎 en hest - a horse

🐘 en elefant - an elephant

🐧  en pingvin - a penguin

🐳 en hval - a whale

🐠 en fisk - a fish

🐙 en blekksprut - an octopus

🐒 en ape - a monkey

🦀 en krabbe - a crab

🐬 en delfin - a dolphin

🐸 en frosk - a frog

🕷 en edderkopp - a spider

🐌 en snegl - a snail

🐜 en maur - an ant

🐝 en bie - a bee

🐦 en fugl - a bird

🐁 en mus - a mouse

🐇 en kanin - a rabbit

🐢 en skilpadde - a turtle

🐍 en slange - a snake

🐯 en tiger - a tiger

🐐 en geit - a goat

🦁 en løve - a lion

🦄 en enhjørning - a unicorn

🦋 en sommerfugl - a butterfly

🦆 en and - a duck

🦊 en rev - a fox

🦇 en flaggermus - a bat

🐻 en bjørn - a bear

🦉 en ugle - an owl

🐉 en drage - a dragon


et insekt - an insect

et husdyr - a pet

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For @scribble-monster because she asked for any of my characters to wear winter clothes so I made almost all of them wear winter outfits!