A newborn baby gorilla at Melbourne Zoo in Australia gets a checkup at the hospital and shows suprise at the coldness of the stethoscope. Like humans, gorillas have two legs and two arms, 10 fingers and 10 toes, small ears on the side of the head, forward-looking eyes and 32 teeth. Unlike us, their arms are longer and more muscular than their legs, and their big toes look like thumbs. Their bodies are covered by thick dark hair, except on the face, chest, underarms, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. An adult male gorilla becomes a “silverback” at about age 15 when he is full grown and the hair on his back turns silvery-grey.
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There have been many cases in which animals took in cubs that didn’t belong to them, or even their species. But I’ve never seen a monkey taking so well to a couple of tiger cubs before. After Hurricane Hannah ravaged the state of South Carolina, the tigers of one of the zoos started acting very aggressive and were considered a danger to their young. So these two white tiger cubs were separated from their mother and adopted by a 2-year-old chimpanzee. As you can see from the photos he’s really taking parenting seriously. I wonderhow their relationship will evolve…for those fans 14 years and older and able to access Facebook here’s the source: http://www.facebook.com/Milkyway.Nasa
Orphans No More: Elephant orphans form intense bonds with their caregivers and vice versa. “It’s not for the wages,” explains one veteran keeper. “The more you’re with them, the more you satisfy yourself. You just love them.” photo by Michael Nichols shared by http://www.facebook.com/greenrenaissance
Another wonderful photo we just had to share with you from the guys at Green Renaissance http://www.facebook.com/greenrenaissance Often it is our earliest encounters with Nature that shape our future thinking.
Fastest mammal on land, the cheetah can reach speeds of 60 or perhaps even 70 miles (97 or 113 kilometers) an hour over short distances. It usually chases its prey at only about half that speed, however. The cheetah’s excellent eyesight helps it find prey during the day. Sometimes it perches on high places and watches for prey. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/cheetah/