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Fun animal facts I have learned being a zoo docent

1. There are several ways to classify the large cats, one of the more useful ones is into the roaring cats (tigers, lions) and the purring cats (bobcats, lynxes). The puma (also known as the mountain lion) is the largest cat that purrs. I’ve heard it up close, it’s amazing. A cheetah’s purr sounds like an idling motorcycle engine.

2. Kangaroos cannot move their legs independently of each other, they have to move them in sync - when they’re on land. When they’re swimming, they can move them separately. Hopping is their most efficient way to move - a walking kangaroo is awkward as hell. They swing both legs forward using their tail as a third leg to prop up while their legs swing.

3. People often think that flamingoes’ knees bend the wrong way. They don’t - the joint you’re seeing in the middle of their leg isn’t their knee, it’s their ankle. Their knee is up by their body, and it bends the same way ours does.

4. Giraffes only sleep 1-2 hours a day.

5. Bald eagles’ vocalizations are not what you expect. When you see a flying bald eagle in the movies and hear that majestic caw sound? That isn’t an eagle, it’s been dubbed over with another bird, usually a red-tailed hawk. Bald eagles actually sound…not majestic. Kind of like if a kitten could be a bird.

6. Elephants are one of only a handful of animals that can pass the mirror test - in other words, they can recognize their own reflection (and not think it’s another animal, as dogs and cats usually do). They tested this by placing a chalk mark on an elephant’s forehead and then showing it a mirror. The elephant investigated the mark on its own forehead, indicating it knew that it was looking at itself.  The only animals that pass this test are the higher primates, the higher cetaceans (orcas, dolphines), elephants, and weirdly, magpies.

7. One-fifth of all the known mammal species are bats.

8. A kangaroo mother can have three joeys simultaneously at different stages of development: an embryo in her womb (kangaroos can do what’s called embryonic diapause which means sort of putting the development on pause until she’s ready for it to develop further), a joey in her pouch attached to one nipple, and a joey out of the pouch on the ground who nurses from the other one. The amazing thing? Each of her nipples make different formulations of milk for each joey’s different nutritional needs.

9. Bonobos, our closest genetic relative (they are more closely related to us than they are to either chimps or gorillas) are almost entirely non-aggressive, matriarchal, and use sex to solve all their problems. They engage in both same and opposite sex interactions, non-penetrative sex (oral, rubbing, manual) and with any age. That’s an interesting area to work in, lemme tell you.

10. Tortoises have super loud sex. Like, really loud.

11. All grizzlies are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzlies (grizzlies are a sub-categorization of the brown bear).

12. Reindeer are the only deer species where both males and females grow antlers. The males shed theirs the beginning of December, the females shed theirs in the spring. So all of Santa’s reindeer are girls, heh. I love telling little kids that.

13. If a rhinoceros knocks off its horn, it grows back faster than you’d expect. One of ours, Rosie, has knocked hers off twice.

14. Gorillas get crushes on each other. And on the humans that take care of them. Male gorillas also masturbate. I don’t know if the females do, I’ve never seen it. Sometimes it’s like a soap opera up in there.

15. Langur monkeys are silvery-gray in color - their babies are bright orange. Like Cheeto orange, I do not exaggerate.

16. Polar bear fur is not white, it’s transparent, like fiber optics. Also, their skin is black.

Welp, I didn’t make the update for SSLL today.  Sorry about that!  I had intended on it, but I literally spent all of my day off with my grandparents, and I’ve been trying to get it done now, but dammit if I’m not exhausted.  I need to go to bed.

Don’t worry, though.  I only lack two scenes and then I’ll be done, so it’ll seriously be Wednesday night at the latest.  

To hold you guys over, here’s another preview:

Blueberry steps back, though keeps one of your hands enfolded in his, tugging you along with him.  "I HOPE YOU’RE PREPARED FOR THE MOST MAGNIFICENT DATE YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED!“

Is it just you, or is he shouting that louder than usual?  You hear a bit of commotion from the inside of Blackberry and Mutt’s house, but you continue through the woods.  

"Oh, I’m prepared!  Where’re we going?”

“YOU’LL SEE.”  His smile is mischievous as he leads you toward the road.  It doesn’t take long for you to reach his motorcycle, and you feel a thrill go through you; this explains his leather jacket. You’ve secretly always wanted to ride one, but you haven’t gotten the chance to ask him about it.  You don’t realize you’re squeezing his hand in excitement until he has to pry it loose to pick up a spare helmet and hand it to you.  

“This is too cool, biker Blue.”

“IF I HAD KNOWN YOU’D SMILE LIKE THAT, I WOULD HAVE SUGGESTED RIDING WITH ME WEEKS AGO!”

anonymous asked:

When you first started out your SSLL story, did you expect.. well, all of this?? What I mean is, people recognizing you within the community, being (basically) popular, having people make stories based on yours all because of how inspiring it was for many writers, having a bunch of adoring fans, etc..? When you first starting gaining popularity, how did you feel about it as opposed to now?

Oh, no, not a chance.  I started SSLL because I was stressed out and wanted to write some skeletal fluff and shenanigans.  It was just my silly little side project, and completely self-indulgent (though let’s be real–it still is). The fact that people accept some of my headcanons and that the nicknames Mutt, Crooks (-fingerguns- at @with-a-whisper because that’s totally all her), and Axe have become pretty popular is really cool, too.  (I also kinda feel like I’ve helped boost Horrortale and introduce more people to those spooky skeletons, and that makes me happy.)  And the fact that I can inspire people to write, be it something based on my writing, a fanfic of my fanfic, or just something they feel like writing because they liked the way I portrayed a character/imagine and wanted to expand on it–well, that’s so crazy to me.  And so awesome.  Every time I read anything that someone’s sent my way or see my name get tagged in fanart, I just feel so genuinely giddy.  I mean, someone read a scene I wrote and then liked it enough to bring it to life? 

Not gonna lie, I’ve legitimately teared up or cried over it.   

This is my first time actually being part of a fandom community like this.  I usually just obsess on the sidelines (though I did have a semi-popular Bowser/Peach fanfic at one point, but what else did you expect from me?  I miiiiight re-write it at some point.), so being able to actually be apart of it like this is incredible.  

When I started gaining popularity, I pretty much thought “hoo boy, they’re in for a disappointment” because I didn’t have all that much confidence that I could be consistent–and I used to feel such anxiety whenever I posted a chapter because I was worried that someone would end up tearing me apart or being let-down by my writing.  But now?  Since I’ve gained some awesome friends and incredible followers, I have confidence.  Instead of anxiety, I feel excited whenever I post anything, because people tell me what they loved–or hated– about the chapter.  They usually do it in all-caps, and some of it is incoherent, and I love it.  

I always wanted to be a writer.  I tried getting published at one point; I used to send query letters to literary agents every day.  I have a couple of original works that’ll never see the light of day, and for good reason– I had lost my confidence.  But through SSLL and my imagines… I get to experience what it’d be like if I had become published, only I feel like it’s even better because I get to interact with everyone.  I get to have a taste of that dream on here.  

So whenever I say thank you to those of you that actually take the time to read what I write–I really, truly mean it.  Thank you so much, for every kind word, for every bit of your excitement, and for sticking with me even when I don’t always provide the most prompt updates.  

I have a sudden immense need for LOTR daemon AUs. I don’t know if I want to read them, write them, draw them, or see them, but I need me some Fellowship + Daemons.

official-jellybellyrulez-acc  asked:

So uhh.. Is there ever gonna be an actual encounter between axe and the ex? I dunno I just wanna see the skelebae get protective yeeeeee!!!

Yup. ;)   It’s gonna kinda go along with this ask: 

All that actual plot I had built up before we got around to fluff and dates is going to come back next month, after the Halloween chapters.  

So, to spoil a few things– there’ll be the dinner with the parents (though she’ll probably go home for that, and her family’ll come to the lodge later), and the re-appearance of the ex.  Because I mean, really, her life is going pretty well right now, so of course he’d try to weasel his way back.

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Everyone it’s been a long time!
It’s Minho!! Are you guys doing well?
This time I went to Maldives with Onew!
The sea is really pretty and it was warm so I felt so happy!
Especially with a board called [SEABOB] that can enter the water, do you know? It was really fun so you guys should try riding it! I saw tortoises in the sea and drank mojito even thought it was work, it was enjoyable that it helped to change my mood ^^ I though that I must come personally the next time!

pic cr. minoutshine
translation: iheartshinee_

Back in the 1940’s my grandma and grandpa moved into a cute little house. One day, they saw a little tortoise wandering in the road and took her home. They thought she was an escaped pet and put found tortoise signs out. Over time they gave up on finding her owner (not knowing she was a native tortoise but luckily before it was illegal to collect wild tortoises) so they kept her! She’s been with my grandma ever since. Her name is Tina. We don’t know how old Tina is or if Tina is even really a girl, but Tina has been with my family for so long and I really hope she will be with my family for a long time more.

@choclety-tortoise i don’t think this has really been addressed in the show but i remember it being confirmed in a podcast a while back that matt & shiro were friends before kerberos & shiro was a family friend of the holts and had like been to their house for dinner before?? (i think this was in an interview with one of the writers but i don’t remember exactly.) and they were in the same place when the ship took off, because if you look closely in the background of the scene where pidge says goodbye to matt you can see keith & shiro standing in the near distance lol. i mean i guess it’s possible they were both there but didn’t really interact with each other, but that does seem a little weird if it was just pidge, her mom, and keith watching the ship take off. 

anonymous asked:

I didn’t know flowers has symbolizing? ô_o

*Yep, flowers have symbolism!  Each one has a different meaning.  It’s useful when you’re sending a bouquet or making an arrangement and you want to really put your feelings behind it.  

Here’s a couple of sites to check out!     [ cick ]  &  [ click ]

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Somewhat speculative art of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus hunting a speculative species of “swamp-turtle”. I couldn’t really find anything about turtles/tortoises in the fossil-record of the Chenini formation but it seems highly likely turtles would have inhabited such giant swamp-area. I based the turtles on Axestemys and modern species of similar kinds.

Also I tried doing a background for once. Took me an entire day.