Giant 53-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Rescued From Texas Drain Pipe
The turtle "struggled to keep his head up as water rushed over his body," the Houston SPCA said.
By ABC News

Animal rescue staff then called the Rosehill Fire Department for assistance, the Houston SPCA said. Firefighters used a hydraulic rescue tool known as the Jaws of Life to open up the pipe, and a veterinarian was able to free the 53-pound animal…


Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphus columba), Oregon coast

You might have an easier time spotting a Pigeon Guillemot than other members of the puffin family (like auks, puffins, and murrelets). These beautiful seabirds tend to feed in shallower waters, often keeping them closer to shore!

Photo by Kevin Cole and Roy Lowe/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

(via: Portland Audubon)

Touring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest: Randle to Burley Mountain, Washington, 2016

The American Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)

… is our most widespread and adaptable mouse species, found through nearly all of North America except the southeast and the far north. Western subspecies are mostly terrestrial, but eastern mice are good climbers, and spend a lot of time in trees - and sometimes on feeders.

They feed on seeds, but also fruit, insects and certain fungi; excess food is often collected and stored in caches for periods of food shortage or bad weather. Nearly any cosy cavity may serve as a nest or roost - from underground burrows to old woodpecker holes or nestboxes; these are lined with fur, plant down and other soft materials.

Deer mice are active all year, but largely nocturnal so infrequently seen; often the only evidence of their presence is their tracks in the snow.

photograph by J. N. Stuart on Flickr CC

(via: Peterson Field Guides)