Chinese Pangolin swirl! It sounds like a really gross flavor of ice cream, actually.
I know it’s a holiday here in the States, but there’s art to be done so that I can declare my own independence from the book later on this week.
So here is the wonderful axolotl! The story behind this piece is “missed connections”. The axolotl is believed to be extinct in the wild because the very few freshwater bodies they lived in were either drained or polluted with fertilizer run-off, which is pretty awful. The plus side is that there are lots of them in captivity, because they make for good test models for regeneration research and there are efforts being made to create a genetically diverse colony that can be released back into the wild.
So, perhaps these were the last two axolotls in the wild, and they could have saved their species… if not for this missed connection.
READING IS GOOD.
OMG looks like my Smudge <3
Deep down, he has the spirit of a giant rat.
Tufted ground squirrel? You mean TUFTED DEER ASSASSIN.
Ok, they don’t actually kill deer. But according to legends they do! www.iflscience.com/plants-and-…
I was going to do a silky anteater next, but I discovered this brilliant beast today thanks to IFLS and, well, sorry anteater fans, the Tufted Ground Squirrel wins this round. Why? First of all, that tail is no exaggeration. Google it, it really is that huge and amazing!
Even better is the folklore of this bad boy: “…according to folklore, the fierce squirrels have attacked and killed tusked deer called muntjacs to eat their stomach contents, liver, and heart. The squirrel waits on a low branch, then jumps on to the back of a passing muntjac and bites its jugular, forcing the larger animal to bleed out. A disemboweled deer or domestic chicken with none of its flesh eaten is a sure sign of a squirrel kill.”
So yes. A squirrel from the tropics of Borneo that holds legendary status of nimble deer assassin? GOES IN THE BOOK.
OM NOM NOM.