Christmas and New Year animals

Animal’s Christmas and New Year Greetings:
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones
Wishing you a truly fulfilling New Year
Have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year
From our animal family to yours: “May your holidays shine with the light of the season"

Best Merry Christmas animals quotes:
"Ho, Ho, Ho, and Merry Christmas!" – Santa (rabbit) Claus
"May peace and plenty of carrots be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through" – Snow-rabbit
"Joy and human friendship is the true gift of Christmas" – The loyal dog
"We will honor Christmas in our hearts, and try to keep it all the year" – The cool cats
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree are the presence of the entire animal family along with our beloved human friends” – The happy animals
"Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad cats live" – The bad cat

Fluffy – the lizard pet

David Robson, a young man from Bridlington has an unusual pet with the common name Fluffy. Now you probably imagine a cute little dog but Fluffy is actually a five-stone lizard that and it runs, jumps and is able to infuse the hearts of other animals with fear.

As any regular pet Fluffy goes for walks and loves playing with his owners and other people. David admits that older persons love Fluffy the most.

Robsons take Fluffy the pet-lizard to festivals in order to collect for charities and usually David holds him around his chest.

“The people think I hold a small child and are asking me to see the baby” – says David.

Robsons have a lot of animals in their home. There are several dogs and cats and Fluffy gets really well with most of them. When Fluffy arrived at home about 5 years ago he was only about 3in long. The lizard is now 5ft long from head to tail and weight more than 5st.

When Robsons got their latest cat as a just one month old kitten it went missing. They thought he was lost forever but found the kitten curled up next to Fluffy in his tank. Fluffy generates a lot of warmth from his body and probably attracted the kitten.

The pet-lizard Fluffy was trained the same was dogs are. Fluffy let his owners know when he wants to be let out or is tired or hungry. David uses a leash to lead him for walks and Fluffy recognizes the time and happily runs to the front door (just like a normal dog). He also loves running around the garden. Fluffy also likes doing night-walks but is very careful and silent and doesn’t break anything or wake anybody. There was a funny time when the lizard loved to climb over David’s father legs, sit on his face and then fall asleep. But the lizard is too big for his dad to move and he’d be pinned to the sofa.

Dorset polar bear mystery revealed – it turned out to be a badger

For the past year several people in Dorset County encountered a strange animal. It had a white fur and was rumoured to be a small polar bear (which is of course not possible). A photographer called Colin Varndell finally revealed the mystery by being able to take photos of the animal. It turned out to just be a badger. The rare albino badger managed to avoid any attempts to be tracked. The badger finally got photographed and it should be said that it is a small bear animal, nocturnal in habit.
Mr Varndell admitted that people have known about it for months. The first person to see it was a policeman and he described the animal as a small polar bear. Floodlights were used to take the pictures as Colin did not want to startle the badger. It is a very rare animal because of its sandy-colored fur, and Colin spent four nights waiting for the badger to take these pictures.

Slow Loris Kinako – eats rice balls

Slow Loris Kinako
The Slow Loris Kinako was born in Japan several years ago. It was bred in a pet store in Japan. The poisonous tooth of Kinako is not removed and she did not have any operations. Right now the Slow Loris Kinako is domestically breed and lives happily with her Japan owners.

The video above shows that Kinako loves rice and eat rice balls without any hesitation.


Penguins interesting facts:
- Penguins are shaped like a torpedo.  Their body is built for the most efficient swimming with their average speed in the water being about 15 miles per hour.
- Penguins are birds with black and white feathers and a funny waddle.  Unlike most birds, though, penguins are not able to fly.
- Penguins spend as much as 75% of their time underwater, searching for food in the ocean.  When they are in the water, they dive and flap their wings.  It looks just like they are flying!

- Penguins don't live near freshwater – all fresh water is frozen where they live.  Instead they drink salt water. They have a special gland in their bodies that takes the salt out of the water they drink and pushes it out of grooves in their bill. A handy in-house filtration system!
- Penguins eat seafood. Their main diet is fish, though they'll also eat squid, small shrimplike animals called "krill" and crustaceans.
- Penguins have many natural predators depending on their habitat, including leopard seals, sea lions, orcas, skuas, snakes, sharks and foxes. Artificial threats are also a problem for penguins, including oil spills and other pollution, global warming that changes the distribution of food sources and illegal poaching and egg harvesting. Fortunately, many penguins are receptive to captive breeding programs and those successes can help preserve penguin populations.

- If you look closely at a penguin's bill you'll notice a hook at the end, perfect for grabbing dinner.  Penguins also have backward facing bristles on their tongues that helps slippery seafood from getting away.
- Penguins spend a lot of time dealing with temperature.  They are warm blooded, just like people with a normal body temperature of about 36 degrees C.
- Penguins’ eyes work better underwater than they do on the ground, giving them superior eyesight to spot prey while hunting, even in cloudy, dark or murky water.

- Penguins don't live in the best habitats for finding nesting material, so they have to make do with what they can find.
- Just like whales, penguins have a layer of fat under their skin called "blubber".  Overtop of this they are covered with fluffy "down" feathers and overtop of those they have their outer feathers which overlap to seal in warmth.  Penguins rub oil from a gland onto their feathers to help make them waterproof and windproof.
- Depending on the species, a wild penguin can live about 15-20 years. During that time, they spend up to 75 percent of their lives at sea.

- During the mating season penguins head for special nesting areas on the shore.  The area where penguins mate, nest and raise their chicks is called a "rookery".
- Penguins often leap out of the water.  They do this to get a gulp of air before diving back down for fish.  Penguins cannot breathe underwater, though they are able to hold their breath for a long time.  They also use their ability to leap out of the water to get from the ocean onto land if there are cliffs or ice flows to deal with.
- The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species and can weigh up to 90 pounds when mature and not fasting to incubate eggs. The fairy penguin is the smallest and weighs only 2 pounds.

- Some penguins need help to stay warm. It is a common picture to see groups of penguins huddled shoulder to shoulder with their wings tight against their body keeping each other warm.  As many as 5,000 penguins will bunch together to warm each other up.
- Other penguins have overheat problem. For example the Galapagos penguins live in such tropical weather that they get too hot. These penguins spread out their wings and fluff out their feathers to help them cool off.
- Once a penguin finds a mate, they usually stay together for years -- for as long as they have chicks.

- During the mating season penguins head for special nesting areas on the shore. The area where penguins mate, nest and raise their chicks is called a "rookery".
- When the eggs are laid (penguins lay one or two eggs at a time), the female penguin dashes out for dinner, leaving the male to watch the nest.
- Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but their powerful flippers and streamlined bodies make them very accomplished swimmers. They are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of any birds.

- When the chicks hatch, they immediately start calling so that its parents could learn to recognize their voices.
- There are 18 species of penguins in the world. While some species are widespread and thriving, 13 of them have declining populations, and five of them are considered endangered and facing possible extinction if strong protection and conservation measures are not taken.
- All of the penguin species live in the Southern hemisphere. Many live at the South Pole on Antarctica. But some don't live in such cold places. They are found on the coasts of South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands.

- While the little chicks are still growing there is always one parent staying with them. Once the chicks become strong enough, both parents head for the ocean at the same time. The chicks then are left in a group together (sort of like a kindergarten). When the penguin parents return with dinner they recognize their chicks by their voice.
- Rockhopper penguins build their nests on steep rocky areas. To get there, they hold both feet together and bounce from ledge to ledge. Penguins may bounce up to 5 feet.
- When penguins are ready to mate, the male penguin stands with his back arched and wings stretched. The male then starts making calls and struts about to attract a female.

- When the penguins find a mate, they bond with each other by touching necks and slapping each other on the back with their flippers. Penguins also "sing" to each other so they learn to recognize each other's voices.
- Magellanic penguins dig burrows under the ground to form huge "cities" similar to gophers.
- Adelies and chinstrap penguins use rocks to build their nests. The perfect rock is a rare commodity for these birds. They'll often fight over or steal each other's stones!

- The penguins use camouflage as their protection.  Their white bellies blend with the snow and sunlight making it difficult for an underwater predator to see them. 
- A great number of birds also hunt penguins, for example, the Australian sea eagle and the Skua.  The penguins black backs blend against the dark ocean water, making it more difficult to spot them from above.
- Penguins are highly social, colonial animals. Penguins form breeding colonies numbering in the tens of thousands. They may use the same nesting grounds for thousands of years and the largest colonies can number in the millions, but parents and chicks use their superb hearing to easily keep track of one another even in a crowd.

- The yellow-eyed penguin is believed to be the rarest penguin species, with only approximately 5,000 birds surviving in the wild, though population numbers fluctuate. They can only be found along the southeastern coast of New Zealand and smaller nearby islands.
- The Emperor penguin is the only species that breeds and nests in Antarctica through the frigid winter.
- The naturally northernmost penguin species is the Galapagos penguin, which lives year-round near the equator on the Galapagos Islands, and is the only penguin species that can rarely cross into the Northern Hemisphere, which it may do while feeding.

- Emperor penguins and king penguins do not make any sort of nests. Instead, a single egg for each mated pair is incubated on a parent’s feet and kept warm by a flap of skin called a brood pouch. Incubation can take about 10 weeks and occurs during winter, so the egg must always be kept warm and safe.
- Emperor penguin males will incubate their eggs for two months in the winter without eating while the females are at sea. During that time, they live off their fat reserves and may lose half their body weight. When the females return shortly after the chicks hatch, they switch parental duties and the females look after the chicks while the males go to sea to replenish their fat stores.
- While swimming, penguins will leap in shallow arcs above the surface of the water. This coats their plumage with tiny bubbles that reduce friction, allowing them to swim as fast as 20 miles per hour (32 kph). It may also help them evade predators and allows them to breathe more regularly, and some scientists theorize that they may make these leaps out of sheer joy.

Little squirrel Minsk

Belarusian soldiers found a little squirrel two years ago. The little baby squirrel was just about to die but the officer of the team Peter Pankraty start feeding and taking care of it. The squirrel survived and two years later it just refuses to be separated by its saviour. Now Peter is taxi driver and squirrel Minsk makes him a good company through the entire shift. He uses the squirrel as an attraction and even promotes the tax at his taxi as “Just 45 cents and a few nuts per km”.


Okapi interesting facts:
- Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is closely related to giraffe but is smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs. It also looks like it is part deer and part zebra. It is native to the Ituri Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa.
- Okapi is solitary animal. Each one is stacking its own patch of turf and prefers to stay there as long as there is a enough food.
- The Okapi has a reddish dark back, with striking horizontal white stripes on the front and back legs. They have an oily, velvety coat of fur that repels the water.

- The Okapi has a keen sense of smell and hearing.
- Okapis are master at hiding. You usually won’t spot a herd of okapis no matter how hard you look.
- The Okapi weight varies from 200 to 300 kilograms (440 to 660 lb), the body length from 1.9 to 2.5 metres (6.2 to 8.2 ft) long and the height from 1.5 to 2.0 metres (4.9 to 6.6 ft) tall.

- The Okapi habitat are rainforests, the lifespan is about 25 years. It’s could speed up to 37 mph (60 km/hr). Okapis are herbivores eating mainly tree leaves, grass, ferns, fruit and fungi.
- Okapis are very picky on their food. Okapis will eat only the mature leaves of certain trees.
- The Okapi has a long black-blue tongue, like the giraffe. The Okapi can even reach its eyes and ears using its tongue.

- The Okapi was discovered in the deep forests of Belgian Congo by the explorer Henry Stanley.
- Male Okapis are known as bulls and female Okapis are known as cows.
- The only times you are about to see more than a single okapi is when it is a mother with her youngster. Young okapis stay with their mother for not quite a year, and then seek their own patch of turf.

- Okapis are ruminants i.e. they swallow their food initially and later regurgitate it for chewing and swallowing it the last time. The okapi stomach is divided into four or three compartments.
- The male Okapi has short, skin-covered horns called ossicones. The color of okapi’s body is chiefly reddish chestnut, the cheeks are yellowish white, and the fore and hind legs above the knees and the haunches are striped with purplish black and cream color.
- The Okapi is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'Near Threatened'. This means that Okapis may be considered threatened in the near future.

Funny animals meme

“I have the necessary koalafications”
“Your koalafications are completely irrelephant”
“Don’t listen to him. He’s lion”
“This arguing is becoming unbearable”
“Indeed. It’s making my voice horse”
“Horse please. When do you ever say something smart? Don’t worry, owl wait.”
“Ouch hawkward”
“I’m out of here! You all are giraffing me crazy”
“Alpaca your things”
“Let minnow when you get there”


Lynx interesting facts:
- The lynx is a lone cat that lives in the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia.
- A lynx is about the size of a small to medium sized dog. It weighs about 11 - 45 pounds.
- A 30 pound lynx has bigger feet than a 200 pound mountain lion.  Their big feet act like snowshoes, allowing them to hunt effectively even in deep snow.

- Lynx are covered with beautiful thick fur that keeps them warm during frigid winters. Lynx tufts of fur on their ears and huge feet. They have fluffy gray fur and very short tails.
- All lynx are skilled hunters that make use of great hearing (the tufts on their ears are a hearing aid) and eyesight so strong that a lynx can spot a mouse 250 feet (75 meters) away.
- There are several species of lynx. Few survive in Europe but those that do, like their Asian relatives, are typically larger than their North American counterpart, the Canada lynx.

- Lynx are very vocal.  They can make an amazing variety of chattering, hissing and yowling sounds.
- Lynx mate in early spring or late winter. About two months later, females give birth to a litter of one to four young.
- Lynx are large stealthy cats and they tend to avoid humans by hunting at night, so they are rarely seen.

- Lynx live primarily in the snowy and cold parts of the far north. They like cold wilderness areas far away from people.
- Lynx populations rise and fall in sync with the population cycles of their pray, especially the snowshoe hares. When hares are abundant, more lynx survive to reproduce and their numbers increase. When hare populations crash, about every 10 years, many lynx die of starvation.
- Lynx large paws are also furry and hit the ground with a spreading toe motion that makes them function as natural snowshoes.

- Humans sometimes hunt lynx for their beautiful fur. One endangered population, the Iberian lynx, struggles to survive in the mountains of Spain, far from the cold northern forests where most lynx live.
- The female lynx will nurse the kits for five months, although some meat is eaten as early as one month. The male does not participate in parental care.
- Although females continue to breed and reproduce they usually have difficulty supporting both themselves and their young on a reduced food supply resulting in fewer kits surviving.

- There are four lynx species: Eurasian Lynx, Canadian Lynx, Iberian Lynx and Bobcat. Eurasian Lynx are the largest species of their genus and are found all across northern Europe and Asia. Iberian Lynx are present in Spain and are amongst the most endangered of all wild cats.
- The lynx lives of maximum 12-13 years thought few survive to such age.
- The word Lynx is derived from the Greek word meaning 'to shine' and is a reference to the cat's bright eyes.

- Despite being solitary by nature, some lynx cats (particularly females) have been observed hunting cooperatively.
- Historical persecution for fur trade has meant that all the beautiful lynx cats have suffered heavily at the hands of man everywhere.
- Today hunting of lynx is prohibited in most of their natural habitats and there are signs of recovery in numbers of some of the lynx species.

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