In recent years, biologists have recognized that birds engage in play. Juvenile Common Ravens are among the most playful of bird species. They have been observed to slide down snowbanks, apparently purely for fun. They even engage in games with other species, such as playing catch-me-if-you-can with wolves, otters and dogs. Common Ravens are known for spectacular aerobatic displays, such as flying in loops or interlocking talons with each other in flight.
They are also one of only a few wild animals who make their own toys. They have been observed breaking off twigs to play with socially.
Buster is so acutely shy that researchers at the Seattle Aquarium can’t tell whether this giant Pacific octopus is a boy or a girl. If Buster is a boy, he’ll have a special tentacle (the third to the right, going clockwise, from the front of its mantle) that is both an arm and a dick. And, since the suction cups on octopuses also function as taste buds, his special tentacle will be an arm and a dick and a tongue—making all octopus sex fisting and intercourse and cunnilingus, simultaneously.
Ant Mimic Spider (Myrmarachne sp.)
Some species of spiders have evolved to mimic ants. They hold their front legs aloft and wave them to copy the antennae of ants. By doing this, they deter predators, including other ants.
L. Shyamal, Wikipedia Commons
Chicks in Hats by Julie Persons
The Internet was pretty much invented so that we could look at pictures of animals in funny hats, but Julie wants to help you cut out the middle man by offering specially designed hats for baby chickens at her etsy, though you’ll have to procure the chicks yourself.
(via: Incredible Things / Technabob)
a freaking cute mini chameleon found in Madagascar