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The Smallest Ratite: The Kiwi

As promised, here is the 5th ratite, which is a family of flightless birds.  Unlike the emu, ostrich, rhea, and cassowary, the kiwi is small.  Some are no bigger than a domestic chicken.  They are also endangered, so there are … Continue reading

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The Dhole: Endangered Asiatic Wild Dog

My son and I first learned about the Dhole (pronounced like Dole) from an episode of the Wild Kratts.  These are wild dogs are found in various areas of Asia.  They have many names too.  Whistling dog, red dog, mountain … Continue reading

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The Kagu: Last of the Rhynochetos

First, Rhynochetos is this genus of this animal.  Second, the Kagu is a bird, which might have thrown a few people off if they didn’t see the pictures.  I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto this one. The Kagu … Continue reading

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The Coatimundi: Arboreally Adorable

What is a coati or coatimundi? This omnivore is found in North, Central, and South America.  They’re a relative of the raccoon, but they’re diurnal (daytime) instead of nocturnal.  You’ll see in the pictures that they have long tails, which … Continue reading

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The Endangered Giants: Elephants

I was surprised to see that I never made an animal post about elephants.  Didn’t even have them on my list.  Maybe I did it and can’t find it, but you would think they would be early in my posting … Continue reading

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The Okapi: Ghosts of the Forest

The Okapi is a relative of the giraffe discovered in the 1900’s. It’s even called the forest giraffe, Congolese giraffe, and zebra giraffe.  Yet, it doesn’t have a long neck, so you wouldn’t think this.  There are only an estimated … Continue reading

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The Giraffe: Masters of Reaching the Top Shelf

The giraffe is a favorite of children everywhere.  Mostly because it has such a unique appearance with its long neck.  We see them at zoos and you can even find a few at petting zoos for various reasons.  For example, … Continue reading

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World’s Smallest Cat: Rusty Spotted Cat

They weigh 1.8-3.5 pound. They are 14-19 inches long without counting the 7-9.5 inch tail. And those are the adult sizes for the Rusty Spotted Cat. They are the world’s smallest cats and they are found in Sri Lanka and … Continue reading

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The Huggable Manatee

SAVE THE MANATEE! That’s the link part, so let’s get into this animal.  I’m sure anyone who has ever heard of a manatee now has an image in their mind.  Chubby, grayish blue, wide tail, floating around, maybe some scars, … Continue reading

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Take Your Time Because We’ve Got Sloths Here

I do find these animals fascinating.  They’re so slow that they have microbiomes living in their fur.  Their metabolism is so slow that they take days to digest food other animals can breakdown in hours.  They stay in the trees … Continue reading

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