Atchoum the Cat gives the Death Stare.

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To look into Atchoum the hairy 9-month-old kitty’s dreadful gaze is to look death itself in the eye; it is a glance into the deep and eternal void.
His piercing gaze will condemn your soul to death.
He is an ordinary cat, to be sure, albeit a bit hairy due to his hypertrichosis.
His owner Nathalie even says that he’s a sweetie if you get to know him. But his eyes… good lord, his eyes…
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How Elephants built the Ancient World.

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The Battle of Zama by Henri-Paul Motti. Public domain illustration
Without elephants, the ancient Library of Alexandria might not have existed.
By 275 BCE, Alexandria was the largest, most beautiful city in the world.
Its buildings were made of limestone and marble, imported from places worlds away. Its relatively temperate climate meant that flowers were almost always in bloom, impressing foreigners both from warmer and cooler climes.
Scholars from around the world came to study and work at the Museum and Library. Life in the city was good.
But it wasn’t always that way.

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Just seven years earlier, when Ptolemy Philadelphos (second of the rulers of the Ptolemaic dynasty) took the throne, Alexandria was but another city on the Mediterranean.
In less than one hundred years, it went from a small seaside town founded by Alexander the Great to the city you learned about in your high school world history classes, with its famous lighthouse and library.
All because of elephants.
via How Elephant Armies Built the Ancient World.

Tree Kangaroos, Australasia.

Tree Kangaroos inhabit the tropical rainforests of New Guinea and far northeastern Queensland, and some of the islands in the region — in particular the Schouten Islands and the Raja Ampat Islands near the northwestern coast of New Guinea. 
Although most are found in mountainous areas, several species also occur in lowlands, such as the aptly named lowlands tree-kangaroo.
Most tree-kangaroos are considered threatened due to hunting and habitat destruction. Because most of their motion and living involves climbing and jumping from tree to tree, they developed better locomotion.
Tree kangaroos thrive in tree tops as opposed to their cousin the kangaroo which survives on mainland in Australia.
Two species of kangaroo are found in Australia, Bennett’s which is found north of the Daintree River and Lumholtz’s.
Tree kangaroos have adapted better to regions of high altitudes. Tree kangaroos have at least fifteen known subspecies living in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
They must find places comfortable and well adapted for breeding as they only give birth to one joey per year.
They are known to have one of the most relaxed and leisurely birthing seasons. They breed cautiously in treetops during monsoon season.
Their habitats are breeding grounds for danger as they can easily fall prey to their natural predator, amethystine pythons, which also climbs and lives amongst the treetops in the forests.
Tree kangaroos are known to be able to live in both mountainous regions and low-land locations.
via Tree-kangaroo – Wikipedia

The White Bears are Back.

_86133154_nadinelamoureux_003For 15 years, Irish anthropologist Martina Tyrrell has studied the relationship between humans and animals in Arviat, an Inuit community on the west coast of Hudson Bay, where the townspeople are increasingly having to cope with a large and dangerous visitor – the polar bear.
It’s a Sunday afternoon in mid-October. I’m standing near the cemetery at the eastern end of Arviat, with a handful of other people.
All eyes are fixed on the newly formed sea ice where a polar bear bellyflops into the sea, hauls itself back on to the broken ice, and bellyflops again.
Inuit men and women, accustomed to close encounters with polar bears, seem to be no less in awe of this creature than I am.
There are gasps of delight at the bear’s antics, and informed discussion about its age, size and sex – and the reasons why it is behaving like this.
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This is the seventh or eighth bear I have seen in as many days. Daily, I join townspeople on the dock near my house.
Binoculars are passed around as we watch a mother bear and two yearling cubs on the snowy slope on the far side of the town.
Continue reading via The polar bears are coming to town – BBC News

Black & White Photos – African Wildlife.

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Laurent Baheux is a French photographer known for high contrast black and white photographs of nature and wildlife.
His work is often associated with that of portraitists such as the famous French photography Studio Harcourt.
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Baheux’s work on Africa and wildlife is also featured in various awareness campaigns for conservation and environmental organizations.
He is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the anti-poaching initiative.
More info: laurentbaheux.com
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