Image Credit: Photograph by Ken Drake.
This orphaned Black Flying Fox, called Luka, was rescued by the RSPCA Queensland.
Ken, who photographed Luka for the RSPCA’s Hope Calendar, says that his goal in this image was to enhance the public’s attitude towards Flying Foxes, an ecologically-valuable species, in the wake of negative press.
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The German biologist Ernst Haeckel was fascinated by medusae, the umbrella-shaped animals commonly called jellyfish.
For Haeckel, whose imagination was shaped in the Romantic era, medusae expressed the exuberant yet fragile beauty of Nature. And in their ethereal forms he glimpsed a reflection of his great love Anna Sethe, who died tragically at the age of twenty-nine.
Haeckel had been engaged to Anna for four years when, in 1862, he became associate professor of zoology at the University of Jena.
The job gave the adoring pair the economic security they needed to finally marry. In the same year, Haeckel published a book on radiolaria (microscopic plankton) which he furnished with stunning illustrations.
In Jena, the newlyweds lived together in bliss for eighteen months. Then, on the day he was supposed to celebrate his thirtieth birthday and receive an award for his radiolaria book, Anna died suddenly, probably of a burst appendix
”Haeckel travelled to the Mediterranean town of Nice to attempt a recovery from his suicidal malaise.
One day he took a walk and saw a medusa in a rock pool: “I enjoyed several happy hours watching the play of her tentacles which hang like blond hair-ornaments from the rim of the delicate umbrella-cap and which with the softest movement would roll up into thick short spirals.”
He made a sketch and named the species Mitrocoma Annae [Anna’s headband].
Bird Island, Seychelles
Esmeralda the World’s heaviest free roaming Giant Tortoise.
The Royal Zoological Society say he broke the scales at 298kg (800lb) back in the 1980’s.
He lives with 19 other smaller tortoises on the island.
Image Credit: Photograph by Geoff Moore/REX/Shutterstock
Some of the animals on this list are albinos, while others are simply members of rare white species. Whatever the case, mankind has been fascinated by such animals for ages.
Some consider them to be sacred, and others – demonic.
Whether you find them strange, beautiful, ghostly or freakish, we hope you enjoy this collection of animals that nature simply forgot to color in.
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This frog appears to have a big smile for the camera in Russia.
Photograph: Artyom Krivosheev/Barcroft Images