Animals with funny faces!
14 January 2014, Nirapad News :
Lemurs have been popularized in pop culture thanks to the successful films, Madagascar. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen lend his voice to the funny and energetic lemur King Julien in the film’s trilogy and many spin off films. These arboreal primates are only found on the island of Madagascar, which is 250 miles off of the coast of southern Africa in the Indian Ocean. This endangered species mostly live in trees or resting at the top of the rainforest’s canopy and rarely on the ground. They range in size, but are said to be around the size of a house cat.
Giraffes are also one of the many animals played up in pop culture in films, and cartoons. It is the tallest terrestrial animal alive and like the lemur, a part of the Madagascar film franchise. Former Friends castmate, David Schwimmer gave life to this camel like animal in the film series. It is an African based mammal, but lives in many parts of Africa to the west of Somalia. Its spotty appearance serves as camouflage for the herbivore, allowing them to blend into the shade of the savannah woodlands. Its neck is usually as long as 6 foot 7 inches. It is quite the intriguing animal.
Who doesn’t love a cute chihuahua dog? It is one of the smallest dogs and it has many varieties including; the short haired and the long haired. The Techichi is its alleged ancestor, but the facts surrounding the chihuahua breed’s origins is unclear. It is in fact named after the state in Mexico, where it is believed to have originated. These little lovable pets are to be handled with extreme care in all facets. If overfed the chihuahua can become overweight, which shortens its 15 to 20 year life span and can get diabetes.
The odd looking animal lives up to its’ name anteater, because it is known for eating ants and termites. It is in the Pilosa order, along with the sloths. Its extremely thick fur protects them from the insects it eats. It does not have teeth, but it uses its long claws to rip apart whatever necessary. The anteater has a very long tongue and an elongated snout. They also eat spiders, and normally have to ingest at least 1,000 insects to satisfy its appetite. Each anteater has their own specific preference when it comes to what insects to feed on.
The sloth always appears to look like it is smiling from ear to ear. Fortunately for this mammal, it has been one of the most shared memes this year and 2013. They are known for moving extremely slow, hint hint the name sloth. They have distinguished claws, which is used to defend themselves, and are very similar to the anteater. They live in the tree and house many different insects including; cockroaches, moths, beetles, algae and many others. Some have been documented for eating insects and human faeces, but for the most part they are folivores. They are often found in the Central and South America jungles blending in its environment.
The arctic fox is known by many names including; polar fox, white fox and snow fox. It resides in the arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is well adapted to the cold. It has very thick white fur that obviously blends in with the snow. The thick fur turns brown in the summer time. It feeds on many small animals like; owls, lemmings, carrion, eggs and many others. It is known for its sharp hearing, which helps them hear their prey even when they are hidden underneath the snow. The arctic fox also survives on berries, seaweed and small fish below the ice.
The raccoon is one of the few animals that are considered intelligent thanks to their ability to memorize solutions for at least three years. They have a distinct look , which was mimicked by several Native American tribes in mythology. Raccoons are nocturnal and are often labeled as pest because they go through homeowners garbage. The omnivores are adaptable and live in urban areas, mountainous areas, the forest or coastal marshes. Thanks to its wide range in taste for food, raccoons actually develop strong preferences for what to eat.
Thanks to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, beavers are pretty cool to kids everywhere. It is a nocturnal rodent, semi- aquatic and one of the hardest working animals. Known for building their homes from canals, and lodges, they are the second largest rodent in the world. The beaver plays an important role in the ecosystem, shaping its landscape and creating wetlands that other species benefit from. It creates dams to protect itself from its many predators such as; wolves, bears, and coyotes. These hard working rodents also create their own lodges, and utilize fresh mud during autumn season which freezes during the winter.
Whoever took this horse’s selfie couldn’t have gotten a funnier shot. This herbivore, who has an advance sense of taste, is all teeth in this shot; 24 to be exact. Some horses, the stallions and geldings have four additional teeth hidden behind their canine teeth called tushes or the incisors. These mammals also have the largest set of eyes, which keeps them aware of their surroundings at all times. Because they are one of the most preyed upon animals, their eyes are set on the sides of their faces giving them a 350 degree range. They also only have two color vision, but see very well day and night.