if you’ve never seen one before

deer are smaller than you think

raccoons are bigger than you think

bears are smaller than you think but you were pretty close

otters are bigger than you think no even bigger than that

wolves are bigger than you think

wild cats are smaller than you think but hopefully you’ll never see one

chipmunks are smaller than you think

so are mice but you’ve seen a mouse right

you were right about the size of moose, mostly

pigs are bigger than you think

coyotes are that size

so are foxes

woops bears are bigger than you think but only that one type

this is an informational post about mammals if you know more please do tell

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Dolphins in False Bay, South Africa

Why I love my Black Cat, Olivia

1. She was extremely adorable as a little kitten

and even more so when she grew up!

She is also so photogenic despise being a black kitty. It’s like having a mini black panther in your house.

She also loves to get up high and I mean UP HIGH.

and she is so precious when she is curled up in the sunlight

She also loves to go under covers

like really likes under the covers (that bump is her)

She also loves pizza boxes. or actually any box 

and purses… 

like literally anything that is out of place

She also gets along well with my doggies

(and she gets along with my turtle lmao xD)

She also loves to keep me warm by being on me, and a lot of times she actually sleeps on me <3 (excuse my face this was taken through my computer)

she also loves to bring me little babies to me <33333. 

So yeah I love my darling precious Olivia the best cat ever <333. 

Australian Mammals that you didn’t know existed

You hear a lot about Kangaroos and Koalas and such, so I thought I’d post some animals that are unknown to lots of people, even some Aussies don’t realise we have them. Sadly most of these are on the endagered species list.

Also some fun facts added so you can have an idea of how awesome they are.

Quolls

Considered Australia’s ‘native cat’ these guys are carnivorous marsupials and have the ability to bite through bone.
‘Quoll’ is an Aboriginal term meaning tiger cat (although they have spots not stripes so I think we translated wrong)
If you find an animal that has been killed an turning inside out, it’s probably been eaten by a Quoll. These guys use their nimble hands to get to the yummy meat and bones and avoid all the fur, very clever!
4 species; Eastern Quoll, Spotted-Tailed Quoll (or Tiger Quoll), Western Quoll (or chuditch) and Northern Quoll. ranging in size from 25cm to 75 cm long.

Kultarr

Cute little insect eaters, again a marsupial. Can move at speeds of around 13km/hr. Only about 10cm long.
So damn cute, look at that tail!

Bettongs

Marsupial. Of which there are 5 species (and at least another 2 extinct); Eastern Bettong, Boodie, Woylie, Northern Bettong and Rufous Rat-Kangaroo (or Rufous Bettong).
They seem to get along well with wombats, where I work they enter the wombat exhibits of a night to share their food.

Bilby

Marsupial. There was once 2 species of Bilby, sadly the Lesser Bilby became extinct in the 1950s and the Greater Bilby is greatly endangered.
In the same family as Bandicoots.
Omnivores with backwards facing pouches (as they dig a lot this stops dirt getting in their pouch).
Australian’s know these guys through the story of the Easter Bilby. Rabbits are considered a major reason for their decrease in numbers as they eat all the food and out-breed the Bilbies.

Numbat

Marsupial. Aka the banded anteater or Walpurti.
Mainly eats termites.
Emblem of Western Australia. Up to 45cm long.
One of the few marsupials that are diurnal (active of a day).
Eats up to 20,000 termites each day.
Estimated population of less than 1000.

Grey-Headed Flying Fox

Aka Fruit Bat. Placental mammal. Called a flying fox because they have a fox-like face and can fly.
Babies are called pups.
Megabat.
Wingspan of about 1m.
May travel 50kms in one night for food. Eats pollen, nectar, sap and fruit. Long distance seed distributors and plant pollenators. Each colony plants around 30,000 trees a night. Without these guys we don’t have any of our lovely bush and ecosystem that we all rely on.
Have very good eyesight and no echolocation.

Greater Stick-Nest Rat

Placental mammal.
Up to 26cm long.
Don’t have a ratty face.
Were extinct on the mainland but through breeding programs have been re-introduced.
Herbivores.
Chew branches to length and weave them together to make a nest which can be up to 1m high and 1.5m wide.

Other unknown Australian Mammals you can look up:

Antechinus
Pygmy Possum
Feathertail Glider (smallest glider in the world)
Southern Ningaui
Greater Glider
Potoroos
Pademelons
Eastern False Pipistrelle

Sadly lots of these could go extinct in our lifetime, and people haven’t even had the chance to really get to appreciate them yet.
**PS the Koala is also in danger of becoming extinct in the wild

news.nationalgeographic.com
Six New Tiny Anteater Species Found—Hiding in Plain Sight
Tree-dwelling and nocturnal, silky anteaters of Central and South America have often eluded scientists—until now.

“This is a good example of the startling results that can emerge when a widespread animal that has hardly ever been studied in any detail is examined with modern techniques for the first time,” says Kristofer Helgen, a mammalogist at the University of Adelaide in Australia. “I won’t be surprised if future research on these beautiful animals shows even more overlooked species,” he says.

Source: National Geographic