Copper alloy statue of a woman, perhaps a God’s Wife of AmunThird Intermediate Period (c.800-700 BC)via > tate.org.uk
Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)
These little fellows are highly endangered!
The Axolotl is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a “walking fish”, it is not a fish, but an amphibian. The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Instead of developing lungs and taking to land, the adults remain aquatic and gilled.
photo credits: Stephen Dalton/Animals Animals—Earth Scenes, Warren photographic
The moving balls create the overall impression (illusion) that all of the movement involved is circular. But in reality, the movement of each ball is straight, as can be seen in the gif with lines.
video gifs by Mathew Hayes
Baby brown bear.
Raccoon dogs look very similar to raccoons but have no genetic similarities between them. They belong to belong to the Canidae family, which are known to have distinct dog and wolf like characteristics and appearance. These animals are both carnivorous and omnivorous mammals.
They are monogamous and will mate for life. It is only if the mate dies or is killed, will the other search for a new mate. Two mates will hibernate in one den. During this period they will maintain close body contact to keep each other warm and will groom each other as well. This is a trait not practiced by canines, as dogs neither hibernate and nor are they monogamous in nature.