The Chimpanzee from the Twycross Zoo in England managed to get hold of a CD, presumably from a keeper and she loves it. The ape is holding the CD delicately in front of her face and uses it as a mirror to keep checking herself out. Maybe the next beauty blogger for some beauty tips. It looks like something in her eye or on her nose got her attention and she is trying to rectify it with help of her reflection on the CD. She’s really quite focused on what she is doing. I was trying to read what kind of CD it was when she flips the CD around, but wasn’t able to read it. 🙂 She then takes the CD in her mouth and walks off with it.
The Bonobo Family from the Twycross seemed to be having a spinning competition. First up is mum showing how it’s done. She is really going for it. You can really see her long legs which sets them apart from the Chimpanzee. She’s looking around to see if she’s been watched or not. The primate is even spinning on one leg. Next up is dad, he’s taking the stage/Platform near the window to show his skill and performing for the crowd. Looking at him ‘breakdancing’, I think mum deserves the stage, she’s definitely better at it. Last but not least is the little baby bonobo, who is copieng mum and dad with a little twirl. Formally called the pygmy chimpanzee, the dwarf or gracile chimpanzee the Bonobos are part of the great ape family and are our closest living relatives, sharing around 98% of our DNA. Like so many animals these ape species are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth.
Twycross Zoo is the only zoo in Great Britain that breeds the Bonobos, which are often mistaken for chimpanzees.
These are the Asian small clawed adult Otters from the Twycross Zoo in England. They seem to be kissing each other every time after drinking and it’s amazingly cute to watch.
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The aardvarks are so lovable. So strange but yet so cute. I’ve been lucky enough to see them again, as they are normally in deep sleep during the day, as they are nocturnal animals. This one tries to get into the mood for his valentine. Making advances and chasing after his mate, but not quite getting what he wants. When he pushes her into the corner, he somehow manages to fall into a paddle (off camera), I’ll guess more cold water than hot! He doesn’t seem to like it at all and comes running back like a mad man, shaking his head so that his ears flop all over the place and for some reason starting to dig a hole in which he suddenly crouches down. I’m not quite sure why he does this, but did you see his huge powerful feet and claws when he starts digging? They’re like spades. That’s probably why he’s called earth pig in the South African. The mammal spends the hot African afternoon holed up in cool underground burrows dug with their powerful feet and claws.
They can way up to 65kg. The aardvark excavates branching burrows, usually 2–3 metres long but sometimes up to 13 metres, with more than one sleeping chamber. At night they travel 6-19 miles in search for food like termites. A 12 inch sticky tongue definitely helps to lap up the insects. Although aardvarks look like anteaters, they are related to elephants, hyraxes and manatees.
Aayu, the Asian Elephant from Chester Zoo in England showing his strength against Indali by keep pushing her and trying to drive her of the rocks. Aayu who was born to Sithami Hi Way doesn’t give up and when Indali moves to the side it only takes a big shove to succeed.
Aayu Hi Way and Indali were born a month apart last year.
Asian elephant has been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. There is a rapid decline in population. Elephant is predominantly threatened by loss of habitat and poaching.
Did you know that African elephants have large ears because it helps them to cool down in the sun. Asian elephants have smaller ears, as they’re tend to live in the much cooler jungle.
Lope is having one of his days where he has to annoy everybody. These are little clips from the day. He’s chasing his little brother Shufai around the inside enclosure and mum is really on his radar today. He keeps pinching her, grabbing her or maybe he’s trying to grab Shufai who is in mums arms. She just can’t get a minutes peace. You can see her running after him when she finally had enough, but Lope is too quick and runs outside. Later outside when Ozala and Shufai are sitting in the winter sun, Lope can’t stop clowning around, that’s when mum grabs him as to say enough is enough and Lope just walks off in his strut.
Then Dad Oumbi comes into the picture, following Lope and you would expect him to bounce in any minute, but I’ll guess his body language says it all and Lope is not sticking around.
The best bit is at the end, something I haven’t seen before and it really made my day. Little Shufai is running up to Lope and climbs on his back. Almost like, hey I’ve got you big bro and they run off together.
Eyes can reveal hundreds of stories and emotions, here is a selection of 34 different animal eyes; what are they? See how many animals you correctly identify. Many people still believe and cite that “the eyes are the window to your soul” and it seems to be true for many of our emotional states. Wide-open eyes can communicate our fear or surprise, whilst squinting can display anger, hatred or a need to visit the optician. Day-dreamy eyes were often believed to portray love and affection and of course the drowsy eyes when sleep beckons. Naturally, animals are no different and their emotional state can often seem recognizable and obvious to us. The day-dreamy gaze of the lemur, the fearfully alertness of a lookout meerkat or the intensely focused stare of a hungry big cat are all too obvious.
Interesting eye facts:
Domestic cats are generally nocturnal and can open their pupils super-wide to benefit from the smallest amounts of light. At brighter times the pupil can revert down to a thin vertical slits if necessary. The large cats such as lions and tigers have human-like circular pupils.
Animals with a horizontal slit pupil, such as some sheep, deer and goats benefit from an expanded panoramic view, which helps early detection of predators, even when eating with their head down. The eyeball rotates when they lower their head keeping the pupil line parallel with the ground.
Snakes have two sets of eyes – one set used to see, and the other to detect heat and movement. They also don’t have eyelids, just a thin membrane covering the eye.
Pigeons are known to have extraordinary vision and can see millions of different hues, and have better colour vision than most animals on earth.
Eyes on horses and zebras point sideways, giving them amazing peripheral vision, to the point of almost being able to see behind them, but it also means they have a blind spot right in front of their noses.