It’s #InternationalSlothDay ! 😊Don’t Hurry Be Happy! 😊
But have you ever wondered why sloths are sooo #slow ?
#Sloths are incredibly slow movers, but for a very simple reason: #survival . The fact that slow sloths have been on this #planet for almost 64 millions years shows that they have a #winning#strategy !
Sloths’ main #predators – big #cats like #jaguars , ocelots and #birds such as harpy #eagles – all primarily detect their prey visually, and it is likely that sloths simply move at a pace that doesn’t get them noticed.
The sloth life is certainly not the “lowest form of existence”, but as #strategic as that of any other #animal . They are energy-saving #mammals taking life at a slow pace to avoid the rush and tumble for food, while subscribing the movement patterns that help them avoid being identified as #prey . #animals#dontworrybehappy#dentist
There must be a lesson somewhere in that for all of us. 😉
Un'altra delle quattro specie di scimmia del #Costarica , la scimmia ragno, intenta a mangiare il suo cibo preferito con "normali" acrobazie. Buon appetito!...
Another of the four #monkey species of Costa Rica, the #spidermonkey , intent on eat its favorite food with "normal" acrobatics. Enjoy your meal!
One iconic species that I really wanted to see on the Pacific coast was the sea otter. This is another animal "celebrity" that you hear about in documentaries and books pretty often, due to their interesting behaviors and inherent cuteness. I was a little far south to see them in the Channel Islands, so when my workshop was over, I booked it up the coast to a cool and picturesque coastal town that is a well-known location for them. I wasn't disappointed, as I saw a large group of 15-20 individuals pretty close to the shore, allowing for nice close looks. This group was taking a communal rest, anchoring themselves to the long strands of bull kelp and taking naps after a good long forage for food out in the bay. Most were on their backs, and some even had furry little pups on their stomachs, napping away in the sunshine. Way cuter in person than in books and film.
Have you ever heard of the vaquita porpoise? This species is the most threatened marine mammal in the world, and there may be as few as 30 of them left.
A bold conservation rescue operation is currently ongoing in the Gulf of California, and the rescue team has made conservation history today by locating and capturing the first vaquita.
The calf had to be released since it was showing signs of stress, but this demonstrates that the project can be successful in locating and capturing vaquitas.
The goal is to bring up to 10 of them into captivity to ensure the species does not go extinct - find out more here: http://ow.ly/MAk030g1b6n
Photo credit: VaquitaCPR
“We find that by #artificially increasing or decreasing the levels of a family of #proteins called #Kruppel -like transcription factors (KLFs), we can actually get C. elegans to #live for longer or shorter time periods,” study first author Dr. Nelson Hsieh said to Sci News. “Since this same family of proteins also exists in #mammals , what is really exciting is that our data suggests KLFs also have similar effects on #aging in mammals, too.” https://futurism.com/we-may-have-found-a-pathway-that-controls-aging/
Los hermanos José María y Luis Benedito se han ganado un puesto de honor en la taxidermia mundial. En el MNCN se exhiben sus mejores naturalizaciones, muchas de ellas auténticas obras maestras. En la imagen puede verse un primer plano de un cachorro de zorro con los restos de un faisán en sus fauces. Pertenece al grupo biológico de los zorros, formado por una pareja de raposos con su camada a la entrada de la zorrera, realizado por Luis Benedito. Una escena entrañable que genera empatía hacia una especie que en la época en la que se realizó este diorama se consideraba una “alimaña”. #MNCN#Mamíferos#Zorros#Taxidermia#Biodiversidad#HistoriaNatural#Mammals#Foxes#Taxidermy#Biodiversity#NaturalHistory