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Frolicking Moose Calves



Moose Family Has The Best Day Ever, Thanks To Kind Human

Temperatures have reached record highs in Alaska over recent days, but humans aren’t the only ones feeling the heat. Fortunately for wildlife also in need of relief during the unusually hot days, there are folks in the region who are more than happy to help them cool off.

On Sunday, Candice Helm noticed a mama moose and her twin calves wandering through her Eagle River community, appearing rather distressed to be stuck out in the unseasonably toasty late-spring weather. But instead of turning a blind eye to the forlorn little family, she decided to do the neighborly thing and assist them.

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Happy mooses!

I love this story – the animated pictures are great too! Happy moose 🙂


Quote: WB Yeats

A daughter of a King of Ireland, heard
A voice singing on a May Eve like this,
And followed half awake and half asleep,
Until she came into the Land of Faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
And she is still there, busied with a dance
Deep in the dewy shadow of a wood,
Or where stars walk upon a mountain-top

W.B.Yeats (via pagewoman)

Giant Chinese Salamander Found!


Mesozoic era amphibian: Giant Chinese salamander

A Mesozoic era Giant Salamander was discovered from Heyuan city, China by a Park Ranger in March this year. The creature is a living fossil from the Jurassic period since it’s physical form has remained the same through 170 million years. It is slimy, pale yellowish in colour, 2 feet and 9 inches long (83 cms.), and weighs close to 12 pounds (5.5 kg). This amphibian is known to make similar sounds like a crying baby and so it is named wa wa yu in China, meaning baby fish.

We have seen dinosaurs as fossils, but the giant salamander that once roamed the earth with dinosaurs is still a thriving species and represents a unique surviving lineage from a period long past. It is an enchanting feeling to witness a living, breathing creature that is a direct descendant of the Jurassic period giant salamander. Under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red list the giant salamander is considered critically endangered.

Despite being a protected species in China it is a culinary delicacy amongst the Chinese elite. It is rumoured to possess anti-aging properties which makes it a favourite food of the rich Chinese populace. The giant salamanders were a fairly common species in China, but this demand as expensive food items led to wild harvesting and dwindling numbers in the wild. The Chinese government has adopted strict legal measures to protect these creatures; anyone caught eating them may be imprisoned for ten years.


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