“Little Kids and Their Big Dogs” is a heartwarming photography project by Andy Seliverstoff that focuses on the unbreakable bond between little children and their supersized dogs.
The photographer, 58, spent four months taking thousands of pictures in St Petersburg before compiling a book from the hundred best images.
Andy has been a photographer for years but he’s only recently started to take it seriously.
He has a particular fondness for dogs, Great Danes especially, although his canine subjects also include Briads, Newfoundlands, and Black Russian Terriers.
“I always take plenty of time with the dog who’s in front of my camera so I get to know the personality of my dog model the best I can,” writes the photographer on his website.
“The personality and the character is unique for every individual dog.
The human aspects we often recognize in our dogs are, among other things, what makes us feel so close to them.
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A pair of spotted hyenas search for scraps of food on the streets of Harare in Ethiopia.
Featured in the cities episode of Planet Earth II.
Image Credit: Photograph by Paul Thompson/BBC NHU
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by Ameena Schelling
Everybody knows what a puppy or a kitten looks like. But there are some equally awesome animals that, for some reason, we just never see when they’re young.
That ends now. Here are animals that we all recognize, but rarely see as babies.
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Red pandas aren’t pandas. Despite their name, red pandas aren’t actually closely related to giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), but it wasn’t until the last ten or fifteen years that scientists settled upon just where red pandas fit on the evolutionary tree of life.
It was clear that red pandas were members of the taxonomic “infraorder” Arctoidea, placing them in a group with bears, pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus), raccoons, and mustelids (weasels, skunks, otters, and badgers).
Research published in 2000 in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution determined that they were not most closely related to bears or to raccoons as had been previously suggested.
Instead, red pandas form their own phylogenetic family, alongside skunks, raccoons, and mustelids.
From a genetic perspective, they’re more like the skunks and raccoons you might find in your own backyard than the giant pandas with whom they share habitats.
Herbivorous carnivoran. As a member of the Order Carnivora, the red panda is a carnivoran.
But unlike most carnivorans, it’s not actually a carnivore.
That is, the red panda is a mostly an herbivore.
It’s actually one way in which the red panda is more like the giant panda than its genetic relatives: its diet consists almost entirely of bamboo leaves, plus bamboo shoots when in season, and the occasional fruit, flower, and (rarely) an odd egg or bird.