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animalworld:

SILVER PHEASANT
Lophura nycthemera
©Tamara Kenneally

The Silver Pheasant is a species of pheasant found in forests, mainly in mountains, of mainland Southeast Asia, and eastern and southern China, with introduced populations in Hawaii and various locations in the US mainland. The male is black and white, while the female is mainly brown. Both sexes have a bare red face and red legs.

This is a relatively large pheasant, with males of the largest subspecies having a total length of 120 to 125 centimetres (47 to 49 in), including a tail of up to 75 centimetres (30 in), while the males of the smallest subspecies barely reach 70 centimetres (28 in) in total length, including a tail of about 30 centimetres (12 in). Females of all subspecies are significanlty smaller than their respective males, with the largest only reaching about 70 centimetres (28 in) in total length.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Pheasant

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Eight-year-old Sumayya, whose uncle, Imran Ali, was injured in a shootout by unidentified gunmen, looks at him as he is brought to a hospital for treatment in Karachi August 23, 2011. Karachi faced a complete shutdown after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced that a day of mourning would be observed against the ongoing wave of violence that has claimed nearly 100 lives in less than a week, local media reported. 
REUTERS/Athar Hussain

At first I thought this was a take on a Van Gogh painting (you know which one I mean?), but it’s a photo of Batik Fabric being laid out to dry

kingcreative:

BATIK - photo byBeawiharta for Reuters

A worker lays batik cloth out on the grass to dry in Solo, central Java province August 2, 2011. Indonesia will host the World Batik Global Summit next month in Jakarta, Indonesia Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam said last week

I had NO IDEA deer grew fangs, but musk deer have fangs instead of antlers…weird for an animal that’s an herbivore.

animalworld:

SIBERIAN MUSK DEER
Moschus moschiferus
Posted by: fishytania.blogspot.com

MUSK DEER, maybe they should be called Tusk Deer? These little beauties resemble small deer with a stocky build, and hind legs longer than their front legs. They are approximately 80 to 100 centimetres (31 to 39 in) in length, 50 to 70 centimetres (20 to 28 in) tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 7 and 17 kilograms (15 and 37 lb). The feet of musk deer are adapted for climbing in rough terrain. Like the Chinese water deer, a cervid, they have no antlers, but the males do have enlarged upper canines, forming sabre-like tusks.

The musk gland is found only in adult males. It lies in a sac located between the genitals and the umbilicus, and its secretions are most likely used to attract mates. Musk deers have been hunted for their scent glands which can fetch up to $45,000/kg on the black market. It is rumored that ancient royalty wore the scent of the musk deer and that it is an aphrodisiac.

Musk deer are herbivores, living in hilly, forested environments, generally far from human habitation. Like true deer, they eat mainly leaves, flowers, and grasses, with some mosses and lichens. They are solitary animals, and maintain well-defined territories, which they scent mark with their caudal glands. Musk deer are generally shy, and either nocturnal, or crepuscular.

Males leave their territories during the rutting season, and compete for mates, using their tusks as weapons. Female musk deer give birth to a single fawn after about 150–180 days. The newborn young are very small, and essentially motionless for the first month of their life, a feature that helps them remain hidden from predators.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musk_deer

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Hiya FRIDAY NIGHT! What a week with Kev’s folks here…I feel like i’m just peeking out of my box to see if the coast is clear - I tell ya, nice as they are, Ineed a bottle of wine to unwind and relax ;)
animalworld:

“Milky Way” a Leucistic - SUGAR GLIDERPetaurus breviceps©Tortiebaby  
Sugar gliders can be found all throughout the northern and eastern  parts of mainland Australia, as well as the surrounding islands of  Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. They can be found in any  forest where there is food supply but are commonly found in forests with  eucalyptus trees. They are nocturnal — they sleep in their nests during the day and are active at night. At night, they hunt for insects and small vertebrates and feed on the sweet sap of certain species of eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees. The sugar glider is named for its preference for nectar-based foods and its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.
They live in  tree hollows in groups of up to seven adults, plus the current season’s young, all  sharing a nest and defending their territory, an example of helping at the nest.  A dominant adult male will mark his territory and members of the group  with saliva and a scent produced by separate glands on the forehead and  chest. Intruders who lack the appropriate scent marking are expelled  violently. [hard to imagine them doing anything violently].
When the food is scarce, as in winter, heat production within the Sugar Glider is lowered in order to reduce energy expenditure and enter “torpor” which is a lightweight hibernation.  With low energy and heat production, it is important for the sugar  glider to peak its body mass by fat content in autumn (May/June)  in order to survive the following cold season. In the wild, sugar  gliders enter into daily torpor more often than sugar gliders in  captivity
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider
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Hiya FRIDAY NIGHT! What a week with Kev’s folks here…I feel like i’m just peeking out of my box to see if the coast is clear - I tell ya, nice as they are, Ineed a bottle of wine to unwind and relax ;)

animalworld:

Milky Way” a Leucistic - SUGAR GLIDER
Petaurus breviceps
©
Tortiebaby  

Sugar gliders can be found all throughout the northern and eastern parts of mainland Australia, as well as the surrounding islands of Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. They can be found in any forest where there is food supply but are commonly found in forests with eucalyptus trees. They are nocturnal — they sleep in their nests during the day and are active at night. At night, they hunt for insects and small vertebrates and feed on the sweet sap of certain species of eucalyptus, acacia and gum trees. The sugar glider is named for its preference for nectar-based foods and its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.

They live in tree hollows in groups of up to seven adults, plus the current season’s young, all sharing a nest and defending their territory, an example of helping at the nest. A dominant adult male will mark his territory and members of the group with saliva and a scent produced by separate glands on the forehead and chest. Intruders who lack the appropriate scent marking are expelled violently. [hard to imagine them doing anything violently].

When the food is scarce, as in winter, heat production within the Sugar Glider is lowered in order to reduce energy expenditure and enter “torpor” which is a lightweight hibernation. With low energy and heat production, it is important for the sugar glider to peak its body mass by fat content in autumn (May/June) in order to survive the following cold season. In the wild, sugar gliders enter into daily torpor more often than sugar gliders in captivity

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider

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