SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Monday, August 27, 2012

Armadillos are cute!

The armadillo is a mammal classified as a toothless animal or an Edentatas . Yet ironically some armadillos have as many as 90 teeth and more than any other mammalian species. Their closest relatives are sloths and anteaters. Contrary to popular belief, the armadillo is neither a rodent nor a marsupial and is not related to the opossum in any way.

Armadillos are found in grasslands and open forests from the southern United States through most of South America.There are twenty different species of armadillos, all ranging greatly in size. The smallest, the pink fairy armadillo, comes from the plains of western Argentina. It measures about six inches and weighs only about three ounces. As you might guess, the giant armadillo is the largest species. It can be found in the eastern portion of South America and measures up to five feet and weighs up to 130 pounds.
Learn more about these cute animals by clicking on the link

Fun Facts-

  • Most armadillos cannot roll up into balls, as many people have believed. Their plates prevent it. (Only one species can since its shell is divided into three sections giving it “flexibility”).
  • Some armadillos can jump as high as 3 ft (1 m) straight up to confuse or avoid predators.
  • Most armadillos have a litter of four young—two males and two females.

Rustle the Armadillo loves three things: eating, sleeping and taking baths!