Animals

Common kestrels fighting
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Common kestrels fighting


The name "kestrel" is derived from the French crécerelle which is diminutive for crécelle, which also referred to a bell used by lepers. Archaic names for the kestrel include windhover and windfucker, due to its habit of beating the wind (hovering in air)

 



Fibonacci pigeons!
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Fibonacci pigeons!


 



Hi, I'm the world's smallest known vertebrate!
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Hi, I’m the world’s smallest known vertebrate!


Paedophryne amauensis is 7.7 mm long. This frog from Papua New-Guinea was first described in 2012

 



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A whale peacefully feeding in a cove in Alaska!

 



To infinity and beyond ! The sugar glider taking off
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To infinity and beyond ! The sugar glider taking off


 



Return to base confirmed, over.
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Return to base confirmed, over.


 



The Venus flytrap in action
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The Venus flytrap in action


 



Horses are so last century: ride a moose instead!
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Horses are so last century: ride a moose instead!


Domestication of moose was investigated in the Soviet Union before World War II. Russia thought of using moose as pack animals as well as meat, skin and milk cattle. But "moose-farming" turned out not to be profitable enough

 



Naked mole rats can survive up to 18 mn without oxygen
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Naked mole rats can survive up to 18 mn without oxygen


Naked mole rats are the superheroes of lab animals. They show few signs of aging, are resistant to some types of pain, and almost never get cancer! But in 2017, scientists have discovered another superpower: they can live up to 18 mn without oxygen! They do that by essentially switching their bodies from using one fuel (glucose) to another (fructose)

 



Swans can mate for life since they are 20 months old
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Swans can mate for life since they are 20 months old


Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life

 



The proboscius monkey is a great jumper
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The proboscius monkey is a great jumper


Nasalis larvatus is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey with an unusually large nose. It is endemic to the southeast Asian island of Borneo

 



At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London
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At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London


Their presence is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it"

 



A kitten learning how to clean itself from its mother
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A kitten learning how to clean itself from its mother


 



Lions are great hunters... but even bigger scavengers!
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Lions are great hunters… but even bigger scavengers!


Carrion provides more than 50% of their diet. These big cats are in competition with spotted hyenas for eating!

 



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An octopus egg hatching!