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notactuallycute:

fritti-tailchaser:

notactuallycute:

 

I want to say this is either a private pet or a very small, unprofessional zoo. Having worked at a larger zoo —albeit not in the big cats department— we were told that interaction with animals that are a potential hazard (which, yes, includes tigers and other things, like maguari storks*) is limited if not prohibited with the higher risk animals. 
Followers? Do you guys know where this is from? 
-Romus


that tiger belongs to michael jamison, and nothing about this gif is ethical. for instance, tigers are wild apex predators, and therefore direct contact is discouraged by every responsible and ethical facility. other than that, any responsible facility would put the tiger under anesthesia first before pulling out a teeth. 
other than general unethicalness, keeping big cats (and yes, tigers included) is downstraight cruel and conservation damaging since it contributes to cub petting industries, tiger part trade in the black market, and many more.
as for michael jamison, i’m sure you’ll learn more about him if you go to tumblr user bigcatawareness or panthxra and search for the tag #michael jamison

I just looked into Micheal Jamison, and it’s sad that this post has over 300,000 notes.
Thank you for the additional information!
-Romus

notactuallycute:

fritti-tailchaser:

notactuallycute:

 

I want to say this is either a private pet or a very small, unprofessional zoo. Having worked at a larger zoo —albeit not in the big cats department— we were told that interaction with animals that are a potential hazard (which, yes, includes tigers and other things, like maguari storks*) is limited if not prohibited with the higher risk animals. 

Followers? Do you guys know where this is from? 

-Romus

that tiger belongs to michael jamison, and nothing about this gif is ethical. for instance, tigers are wild apex predators, and therefore direct contact is discouraged by every responsible and ethical facility. other than that, any responsible facility would put the tiger under anesthesia first before pulling out a teeth. 

other than general unethicalness, keeping big cats (and yes, tigers included) is downstraight cruel and conservation damaging since it contributes to cub petting industries, tiger part trade in the black market, and many more.

as for michael jamison, i’m sure you’ll learn more about him if you go to tumblr user bigcatawareness or panthxra and search for the tag #michael jamison

I just looked into Micheal Jamison, and it’s sad that this post has over 300,000 notes.

Thank you for the additional information!

-Romus

(Source: 4gifs)

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trynottodrown:

Skulls of Marine Mammals (L to R)

  1. Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus
  2. Orca - Orcinus orca
  3. Dugong - Dugong Dugon
  4. West Indian Manatee - Trichechus manatus
  5. Steller’s Sea Cow - Hydromalis gigas
  6. Dwarf Sperm Whale - Kogia sima
  7. California Sea Lion - Zalophus californiaus
  8. Hooker’s Sea Lion- Phocarctos hookeri
  9. Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata
  10. Crab Eater Seal - Lobodon carinophagus

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koryos:

Sometimes you are compelled by the science gods to make a photoset of the long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), a fanciful creature that probably belongs at a masquerade somewhere.

Rare, tiny (14 cm, less than 50 g), and nearly flightless, this little fellow can be found in forests of Abra Patricia in northern Peru. It has a froglike call and may eat insects, though no one has yet actually observed it eating. My guess is that it lives on stardust and David Bowie songs.

(Photos by Dubi Shapiro, Gunnar, Adam Riley, and Shachar Alterman, respectively.)

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Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #635

evopropinquitous:

There may come a time when, late one night deep in the forests of Madagascar, you stumble upon something that is magnificent in its diminution. A creature so glorious in its eensiness that you must steel every nerve to keep the squee at bay. But this encounter was no accident… you spent months of planning, weeks of waiting for permits and equipment, and so many long nights setting traps to ensnare this single, miniscule beast…

And now it is time.

Time to make the decision that will either bring these months to their most glorious fruition, or leave you bitter and empty-handed.

Will you…

1) Gingerly rub the soft mound of its belly… gently! Ever so gently…

2) Daub its tiny ventrum with rubbing alcohol? Cooling sensations help!

Or

3) Delicately squeeze it? It is, after all, roughly the size of a travel-sized toothpaste tube.

Choose, but choose wisely:

There are only so many ways to convince a mouse lemur (Microcebus spp.) to urinate.

And you NEED that urine.

Because science.

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Special thanks to my one of my favorite partners in gimlet-soaked-Jesus-hosted-glittery-burlesque crime for this post (and the International Primatological Society meetings in Hanoi for bringing us together again). Keep gingerly rubbing those fuzzy bellies, Luca. Keep gingerly rubbing.

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notactuallycute:

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feellng:

The “Lion whisperer” Kevin richardson.

notactuallycute ?

I don’t know who this man is but I’m very wary of anyone who calls themselves a “[insert animal name] whisperer”. Direct and unnecessary human contact with big cats is dangerous, and definitely not cute. Pictures like these promote the idea that lions are just “big house kitties”, which they are definitely not. Denying that these lions are in fact huge and powerful wild predators will benefit no one. The fact that there are white lions in this photoset is also a big red flag to me.

Maybe bigcatawareness could give us more info on this man?

- Fei

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biologicalmarginalia:

theladyshark:

You see pictures of Great whites breaching all the time. But they are not the only shark that breaches you know.

Here are some awesome pictures of the Basking shark breaching. A rare sight!

This is great… but there really needs to be attribution to the photographers!

First photograph — Anthony Robson

Second photograph — Wild Light Photography

Third photograph — Susan Brigden/Explore Mull

Fourth photograph — Stiofan O’Connor/Pelagic Shark Research Foundation

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libutron:

Golden-tailed Gecko - Strophurus taenicauda
Also referred to as Golden Spiny-tailed Gecko, Strophurus taenicauda (Gekkonidae) is a rare and beautiful species which is only found in Australia, from the Darling Downs to the coastal regions of central and south-eastern Queensland. This gecko’s eyes are especially amazing.
Currently, the Golden-tailed Gecko is listed as Near Threatened species on the IUCN Red List.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Stephen Zozaya | Locality: Arcadia Valley, Queensland, Australia (2013)

libutron:

Golden-tailed Gecko - Strophurus taenicauda

Also referred to as Golden Spiny-tailed Gecko, Strophurus taenicauda (Gekkonidae) is a rare and beautiful species which is only found in Australia, from the Darling Downs to the coastal regions of central and south-eastern Queensland. This gecko’s eyes are especially amazing.

Currently, the Golden-tailed Gecko is listed as Near Threatened species on the IUCN Red List.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Stephen Zozaya | Locality: Arcadia Valley, Queensland, Australia (2013)

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