Category: Animals

Wolverine

wolverine in the wild

The wolverine, Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for “glutton”), also referred to as the glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae (weasels). It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.

Wolverine the ferocious

The wolverine is found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest numbers in northern Canada, the US state of Alaska, the mainland Nordic countries of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia. Its population has steadily declined since the 19th century owing to trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation. The wolverine is now essentially absent from the southern end of its European range.

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Okapi

The okapi is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae. The okapi stands about 1.5 m (4.9 ft) tall at the shoulder and has an average body length of about 2.5 m (8.2 ft). Its weight ranges from 200 to 350 kg (440 to 770 lb). It has a long neck, and large, flexible ears. Its coat is a chocolate to reddish brown, much in contrast with the white horizontal stripes and rings on the legs and white ankles. Male okapis have short, hair-covered horns called ossicones, less than 15 cm (5.9 in) in length. Females possess hair whorls, and ossicones are absent.

Okapi browsing

Okapis are primarily diurnal but may be active for a few hours in darkness. They are essentially solitary, coming together only to breed. Okapis are herbivores, feeding on tree leaves and buds, grasses, ferns, fruits, and fungi. Rut in males and estrus in females does not depend on the season. In captivity, estrous cycles recur every 15 days. The gestational period is around 440 to 450 days long, following which usually a single calf is born. The juveniles are kept in hiding, and nursing takes place infrequently. Juveniles start taking solid food from three months, and weaning takes place at six months.

Okapi has long tongue

Okapis inhabit canopy forests at altitudes of 500–1,500 m (1,600–4,900 ft). They are endemic to the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they occur across the central, northern and eastern regions. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) classifies the okapi as Endangered. Major threats include habitat loss due to logging and human settlement. Extensive hunting for bushmeat and skin and illegal mining have also led to a decline in populations. The Okapi Conservation Project was established in 1987 to protect okapi populations.

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Tibetan wolf

Tibetan wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf and found across Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is present in considerable concentrations along the north of Pakistan some are even sighted inland as far as Islamabad Margala hills. It has shorter legs as compared to grey wolf and a bit smaller size. It is also called Himalayan wolf.

Tibetan wolf

 

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Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America. Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States, particularly in Florida and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada. Feral Muscovy ducks are found in New Zealand, Australia, and in parts of Europe.

They are large ducks, with the males about 76 cm (30 in) long, and weighing up to 7 kg (15 lb). Females are considerably smaller, and only grow to 3 kg (6.6 lb), roughly half the males’ size. The bird is predominantly black and white, with the back feathers being iridescent and glossy in males, while the females are more drab. The amount of white on the neck and head is variable, as well as the bill, which can be yellow, pink, black, or any mixture of these. They may have white patches or bars on the wings, which become more noticeable during flight. Both sexes have pink or red wattles around the bill, those of the male being larger and more brightly colored.

Although the Muscovy duck is a tropical bird, it adapts well to cooler climates, thriving in weather as cold as −12 °C (10 °F) and able to survive even colder conditions. In general, Barbary duck is the term used for C. moschata in a culinary context.

The domestic breed, Cairina moschata domestica, is commonly known in Spanish as the pato criollo (“creole duck”). They have been bred since pre-Columbian times by Native Americans and are heavier and less able to fly long distances than the wild subspecies. Their plumage color is also more variable. Other names for the domestic breed in Spanish are pato casero (“backyard duck”) and pato mudo (“mute duck”).

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Turkish Angora Cats

Overview

Is the Turkish Angora the Right Breed for you?
  • Low Maintenance: Occasional grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. Though we see cats regularly lick their coats to clean themselves, some regular grooming can be good; it removes hair, prevents matting, and stimulates circulation. Frequency should be once a week.
  • Moderate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
  • Generally Healthy: It doesn’t have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.
  • Moderate Vocalization: Its vocal behavior can be tolerable. Eliminating stimuli that cause the vocalization or modifying the cat’s behavior, such as keeping it occupied and content, can reduce vocalization.
  • Attention Seeking: This breed needs lots of attention. Owners who are home often or are able to participate in activities with this cat breed will be delighted. Time alone spent can be 4 to 8 hours per day.
  • Very Active: It likes to engage in activities. Try to spend 10-15 minutes actively involved with this breed several times a day. Daily exercise will help maintain its body weight and keep its muscles toned and strong.
  • Good With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.

urkish Angora HistoryAngora Cat

The origins of the Turkish Angora remain a mystery, although longhaired cats have been seen in parts of the Middle East for centuries. Formerly known as “Ankara Cats,” in honor of the city of Ankara in Turkey, the name for a particular strain of these longhaired felines was changed to Turkish Angora when the name of the city was changed from Ankara to Angora.

Turkish Angoras and other longhaired cats where first introduced to Europe in the late 1500s. The breed came to the United States in the 1700s. Subsequent crossbreeding to other longhaired cats nearly destroyed the breed until in the 1900s, the Turkish government began a breeding program to save the all-white Angora. A pair of cats from this program were imported into the United States, and the breed experienced a resurgence.

Although still somewhat rare, the Turkish Angora is growing steadily in popularity. The breed is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.

The Look of a Turkish Angora

Turkish Angoras are most known for being all white, with blue eyes, or one-blue and one-amber eye. The breed also comes in many other cats colors, although these colors are less common than white.

The coat of the Angora is long and silky. The tail is full and brushy, and the body is long and lean.

Talk About Turkish Angoras

An energetic and intelligent breedAngora Cats

My favorite breed is the Turkish Angora. The reason I love them is because they have so much energy – they like to show off in front of people and they are really smart. It is great to live with them because you don’t know what they are going to do next. They love constant attention and they are a very loving breed. I recommend this breed because they are good for all types of people. Turkish Angoras would be a great breed for pet therapy, because the Turkish Angora is a very social cat and gets along with all types of people.

~Hope C., owner of a Turkish Angora

Shy with strangers, affectionate with family

I have had my Turkish Angoran for 10 years, and I can’t imagine a better cat. She bonded with my husband, who thought he hated cats, and now they are best buds.

She has the sweetest temperament, and loves to play. She is shy around strangers, but affectionate with her family. I can’t imagine life without her.

~elizabeth, owner of a Turkish Angora

A loving, intelligent companion

My female Angora, Calypso, is a very loving and intelligent companion. She is all white with amber eyes and is now 17 years old. She says “GO OWW” to go outside, gives me ‘kitty bites” on the hand when asked to do so. She also loves to kiss me on the chin and nose and will do it if I ask her. She used to run and play a lot, but has recently slowed down. She lost interest in hide ‘n seek when my daughter moved out in 2006. She loves attention and will lie on my lap for hours. She likes to be brushed! I love her and her sweet ways.

~Dennis G., owner of a Turkish Angora

A wonderful, playful cat

My husband gave me my dear Turkish Angora for our first anniversary! Since then we both look forward to getting home to see him and play! He makes us laugh, he loves water, sometimes he goes in the shower with us, or he just plays in the sink! It’s awesome! He does things you never think a cat would do! Sometimes my friends’ kids come over and he plays with them and treats them nicely. He is very friendly and will always want to be with you!

~Mirela J., owner of a Turkish Angora

The PURRFECT breed 🙂

What’s NOT to love about Turkish Angoras? Mine is unlike any breed I’ve owned. She is intensely loyal and forms unbreakable bonds with any/all familiar faces. She is soooo warm and affectionate, even to strangers. You can pet her for hours without irritating her (she’s NEVER scratched or bitten) –. she can’t get enough lovin’!

And she’s superplayful. She jumps 3 to 4.5 feet in the air when we play; she fetches, scales the tallest of furniture with ease, and is constantly “hunting” us, hiding under drapes or behind furniture and jumping out to scare you when you walk by!

She’s quite adventurous, too. She loves water; she rolls around in the sink with the faucet on, and even hops in the bath/shower with us. And she LOVES taking trips in the car!!! She gets mad if I run to the store and DON’T bring her along. 🙂

My little cutie turns the most mundane of tasks into a fun game for all of us. She’s really the light of our life! And for a longhaired cat, she doesn’t shed much and requires very little grooming.

The only minor downside with this breed is their stubbornness/determination, that makes them harder to train than other breeds. She doesn’t take “no” for an answer and will argue for hours. And she shamelessly manipulates the other people in the house (i.e: I feed her, then she runs to dad crying like she’s STARVING so he feeds her… and so on).

~Dallas, owner of a Turkish Angora

Playful and sweet

I got my Turkish Angora, King Boo, last year. I love having him around. He is not like some other cats in that all they want is to be the center of attention and don’t give you any back. He cuddles my feet every night and gives me little bites.

He also follows me all around the house when I am going to do anything, just like a dog. He loves to play and no matter what he will sleep with the kids or us at night.

Turkish Angoras are so smart. They figure things out in no time and they are very friendly with other pets (he has never been mean to our hamster, he just lets her be).

~Gladys M., owner of a Turkish Angora

A cat who demands a bath

Diesel got his name because as a kitten he purred like a tractor. Now 6 years old, he has every attribute of the breed. He’s intelligent, loyal, and demands a bath when cleaning himself becomes a mega task (we live in a farming village in Turkey, so he does get very dirty at times).

He has two blue eyes and is stone deaf. We felt sorry for him at first, but having never heard a sound, he lives in a beautifully quiet world full of everything a cat would want without the fear of loud noises. His other senses are heightened as a result. and he is aware of our presence when we arrive home wherever he is in his territory.

He has trained my wife to feed him early in the morning by selectively knocking items off the dressing table — yes, he just loves breaking things. I’ve loved all the cats I’ve had, but Diesel really is something special.

~Cliff F, owner of a Turkish Angora

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