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A Box Jellyfish for a Pet?

My hubby and I watched the movie Seven Pounds with Will Smith a few nights ago, which was fabulous, I might add! In the movie, the main character has a box jellyfish as an exotic pet in a large cylindrical tank! What an amazing creature, which just happens to have the most deadly venom in the animal kingdom! In fact, there have been 5,568 human fatalities due to the box jellyfish recorded since 1954. Extreme care and caution needs to be taken when caring for a pet of this danger level. Also, you cannot store the jellyfish with any other creature in the tank, as [ ... ]

Please Stand Up To Save Sun Bears!

Have you ever heard about the plight of the sun bear, in particular, but some other species of bear as well? They are put in a cage where they cannot move, their bile is continually drained from their stomachs through a permanent wound for their entire lives. Often, each paw is harvested, while they are still alive, as a bear paw soup is ordered in many Asian restaurants. So, they have the wound in their tummy with their bile being drained, and their paws are cut off one by one as they suffer in their cage that they can’t even move in…Are you [ ... ]

Dugongs Are an Extremely Vulnerable Species

Dugongs are large marine mammals in the same order as manatees, and are often called “sea cows” as a nickname. The majority of them live in Northern Australian waters… I’ve had the amazing opportunity to see them out in the wild in Shark Bay off of Western Australia. Fantastic creatures! What an awesome blessing! (I know the video below is of dugongs in Shark Bay, but it will still tell you a lot about them and how they live…) Dugong bodies are fusiform, which means they are wide in the middle and taper off at both ends. Their

You Say Bearcat – I Say Binturong

The Binturong is also called the Palawan Bearcat, Asian Bearcat, Bearcat. However, it’s neither a bear nor a cat! LOL…It just resembles both of those animals. To me, it looks like a large raccoon species. It, too, is an arboreal species that is nocturnal – instead of sleeping in a nest of sorts, it simply sleeps on branches of rainforests in Asia, India & Indonesia. Although it is classified as a carnivore, it is omnivorous! It eats mostly fruit, but has been known to dabble in eating eggs, small animals like rodents and birds, shoots and leaves. Binturong are known for their happy chuckling [ ... ]

Orangutan May Be Extinct by 2012!

Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Hominidae Subfamily: Ponginae Genus: Pongo Species: P. pygmaeus, P. abelii As stated above, there are 2 species of orangutan. They are considered primates or apes. They differ from other apes in that they have longer arms than other species, twice as long as their legs, and have reddish hair, instead of the characteristically black hair other apes possess. Adult males can be up to 5’9″ tall – taller than me, and weigh up to 260 lbs…Females are typically half as heavy and reach 4’2″ tall. Orangutans are especially known for their great intelligence. These apes live in trees, making them an [ ... ]

Help Save the Moon Bear!

The moon bear can also be called the Asian black bear, Tibetan black bear or Himalayan black bear. The reason for it’s nickname is that it is a black bear with a cream or white colored “V” on it’s chest in the shape of a crescent moon facing up. They are a medium sized bear and a close relative to the American black bear. Adult females are typically half the size of the adult male, the latter weighing in at 220-480 lbs. Their lifespan is about 25 years. They inhabit high elevations and lowlands alike, often sharing habitat with the larger and stronger brown [ ... ]

Giant Pandas – Giant Cute

Seriously, what’s cuter than a giant panda?panda, giant A baby giant panda! LOL If you haven’t seen this video before, it’s must-see! Too funny & waaaaaaay too cute! Conservation Status: The giant panda is on the endangered species list! Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Ursidae Genus: Ailuropoda Species: A. melanoleuca Adult males can weigh up to

Our New Pair of Apricot & Black Oranda Goldfish

We welcome our new pair of oranda. I’ll bet you’ve never heard of apricot oranda before, and I had never seen anything like them before. They were actually labeled orange and black oranda and were in a tank full of them, except these two weren’t the typical orange or “gold” color. They are clearly apricot in color and stood out to me! Of course, loving unique animals, I fell in love right away. I left the pet store and ran a bunch of errands for most of the day, but could not get these two off my mind. So, What Did I Do? I drove right [ ... ]

Treats for Your Fish?

This past week, I went into one of our local pet stores and noticed something I had never seen before. I noticed they had thin slices of zucchini in the tanks for the goldfish…I didn’t look at the tropicals. I had to ask…They said they give them a treat in each tank every day. Sometimes thin slices of zucchini, cucumber or oranges. Since then, I’ve been “treating” my goldfish with something tasty every couple days. * Tip: Slice the vegetable as thinly as humanly possible, so that they can actually eat it, and easily. It may be of use to you to use a [ ... ]

Apparently, I’m a Goldfish Freak!

Who knew? I didn’t realize that I would be a goldfish freak! I didn’t know I’d get addicted to all of the brilliant colors and crazy mutations of different sub-species of goldfish. I have a goldfish wishlist – I’d love a bright orange Bubble-Eye, a chocolate brown Pom-Pom with vibrant orange puffs, a gorgeous colored Celestial Eye, and a blue Oranda! I need a bigger tank…LOL! When you go into a good pet store and look at the community goldfish aquariums, it is simply awesome with glitters of so many different colors. What’s even neater is that when I get these amazingly colored and unique sub-species, [ ... ]