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Massive Amounts of Blorpiness

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

Just exactly what is blorpiness you say?  Well, see for yourself!

The amazingly cute blorpy wonder above is called a pygmy hippo.  It is the much smaller and less dangerous version of the massivly huge hippo that most people are familiar with.  I had no idea, but apparently the regular size hippo kills more humans every year than any other animal.  Go figure.  The pygmy hippo is far less dangerous and far cuter than the regulation size.  It grows to be just about 3 feet tall – only 1/5th the size of other hippos.  The 3000 left in the wild live in the tropical rainforests of West Africa.  They are endangered due to loss of their habitat and over hunting.  Pygmy hippos are reclusive creatures who must live by water to keep their skin hydrated.  They are vegitarians that feast mainly on grasses, fruits, and leaves.  Efforts are underway at zoos all over the world to keep these cuties from vanishing from the Earth forever.

Strangely enough the topic of pygmy hippos has crossed paths with another favorite topic of mine – inter species motherly love.  Lisha the Labrador retriever, who is a resident of the Cango Wildlife Reserve in the Oudsthoorn area of South Africa, has helped raise one of these orphaned blorpy little guys.

Lisha and the Blorpy One

Lisha and the Blorpy One

Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Graham Ten

Check Out These Cute Rare Animal Sightings

July 1, 2009 3 comments

Oh Hai!

Check out this cute rare animal slide show courtesy of AOL.  I especially love the adorable baby lynx.

Cute Rare Animal Sightings

It’s good news that many of these animals are trying to make a comback.

Thank You for Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Late On Cute Animal Sunday

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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Despite the late hour, I still got this cutey in on cute animal Sunday.  For your oohs and aahs I present Matschie’s tree kangaroo.

These cuties live in the mountanous rainforests of  north eastern Papua New Guniea.  They spend most of their time in trees where they consume leaves, bark, flowers, shoots, insects, and moss.  They are solitary creatures that can jump over 30 feet down to the next tree.  When necessary they can jump up to 60 feet without injury.  Like the more familiar Australian Kangaroo, the babies are born live and then crawl into their mother’s pouch where they grow and mature for about 350 days.  Unfortunately they are an endangered species.  There are approximately 76 in captivity in North America and 1400 in the wild.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Who Named These Poor Creatures?

June 20, 2009 Leave a comment

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Apparently there is a penguin that lives off the coast of Africa called the Jackass penguin.  Poor things.  What a horrible moniker to be saddled with.  Did they earn their name because they are always doing stupid things like stapling their private parts to their legs?  Are they dumb creatures?  Do they lack commonsense?  Are they rude to others or inconsiderate?  Nope.  None of the above.  Apparently they were labeled Jackass Penguins because their call sounds like that of a donkey.  Poor things.  Do they really deserve such a unflattering name when they are so cute?  Isn’t it bad enough that they are severely endangered?  Wouldn’t donkey penguins have been a nicer name?  Who ever it was that stuck this unfortunate nickname on these adorable, endangered creatures should be ashamed of themselves, and get down on their knees and apologize to the birds that they wronged so horribly.

Who Are You Calling a Jackass? We are African Penguins Thank You.

Thank You for Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Cute Animals are Hard to Resist

June 7, 2009 Leave a comment

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I don’t want to become known as the cute animal lady, but I get lots of response to cute animal pictures.  I am a sucker for any cute furry thing.  Here are some more cute animals for your enjoyment.

I am not even sure what some of these cuties are.  I do know, however, that many of them are endangered.  We just can’t afford to lose any cuteness from the world.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Unusually Cute Animal Sunday

May 17, 2009 Leave a comment

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It seems that the small number of people who read my blog really enjoyed the post about the Honduran White Bats. In that vein , I have found two more unusually cute and unique animals that I thought might catch your fancy.

First up I will continue with my tiny bat obsession:

The Bumblebee Bat

The World's Tiniest Cuteness

The World's Tiniest Cuteness

More Tiny Cuteness

More Tiny Cuteness

These bats were given their names because they are about as small as a bumblebee and weigh no more than a dime. They hover like humming birds as they feed on insects at the top of bamboo clumps and teak treas. Unfortunately the bumblebee bat is considered one of the twelve most endangered species in the world. They are found in only a small area of Thailand that has been hugely impacted by deforestation. In 1982 the Thailand government could only find about 160 of these cuties living in three limestone caves. Lets hope they have not already disappeared. (http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~timm/dm/bumblebee.html).

Next Up

The Streaked Tenrec

Streaked Cuteness

Streaked Cuteness

tenrec2

There are 23 species of Tenrec that live mainly on the island of Madagascar. These tiny insectivores have long snouts and limbs. The Streaked Tenrec looks a little bit like a mammalian caterpillar and has quills like a porcupine. They live in family groups inside of shallow burrows dug in damp humus. The detachable quills are very useful for defense when driven into a predators snout or paws. They are possibly endangered but have not reached the level of the bumblebee bat yet. (http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/35.htm)

Look for more unique animal cuteness next Sunday.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham 10


And Now For Something Really Unusual

May 8, 2009 1 comment
A Colony of Living Snowballs

A Colony of Living Snowballs

Hunduran White Bat

Hunduran White Bat

The Cutest Snowballs You Will Find in the Rain Forest

The Cutest Snowballs You Will Find in the Rain Forest

The Honduran White Bat

I first saw these guys on Cute Overload (another one of my obsessions) and fell in love.  I didn’t know bats even came in white.  These bats live in Central American banana groves.  They make cuts in the leaves so the leaves bend over and act as shelters where they congregate in precious little snow ball piles.  Their diet is primarily fruit.  Unfortunately, these bats are endangered.  It would be a shame to eliminate such cuteness from the world.  We need as much cuteness as we can get.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham 10