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Playing Opossum in Dallas: Saving Our Wildlife

It’s 12:45 am in Dallas, Texas right now… I just took our kitchen garbage out to the trash can and noticed one of our neighborhood stray dogs laying in the middle of the street. As I focused in and started approaching, I noticed that it was sitting next to another animal, also in the middle of the street…I thought it could have been a run over cat or something like that… …As I came upon the dog, I took a look at what kind of animal was laying there and lo and behold, it was the opossum I’ve been noticing walking through the [ ... ]

Cassowary of the Great Barrier Reef

A Cassowary is a flightless Australian bird, and is native to the tropical forests of New Guinea. It’s funny because Australia has another flightless bird, the emu, making it and the cassowary the 2nd and 3rd largest flightless birds in the world, behind Africa’s ostrich. Females are larger than males and are more vividly colored, and may reach up to 2 meters tall! That’s a big bird! Known to be a timid bird, it can inflict serious injury to human adults, and fatal injury to dogs and children. They have 3 toes and extremely sharp talons/claws. Check out this great, but short, video showing [ ... ]

What in the World is a Kinkajou?

Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammal Order: Carnivora Family: Procyonidae Genus: Potos Species: P. flavus * There are also 7 subspecies of kinkajou. The Kinkajou is also known as the Honey Bear and is an arboreal animal native to Central and South America. They are not monkeys or ferrets…In fact, they are related to the raccoon, coati and ringtail to name a few. Kinkajous only weight between 4-7 lbs and have a long, curled tail, which is prehensile. This means that it can use it as a “limb” or 5th hand of sorts and can hang on to branches, etc with it. Although they have a Yup, that's right! [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Watch Out For Animal Thieves In The Night…

This is one hilarious video that I had to share with you… See more funny videos at CollegeHumor *** Great video…such funny, little animals! Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia???????? ????? ???????? Order: Carnivora Family: Procyonidae Genus: Procyon Species: P. lotor Conservation Status: The raccoon is considered a species of least concern. *** I hope you enjoyed this North American Animal post on Exotic Animal Lover! Until next time… Live Exotically, Kimberly Edwards P.S. Check out this adorable Raccoon poster: Barbara Von Hoffmann Raccoon Framed Art Poster Print – 20″ X 16″ “You are looking at a great poster, that comes with a fully pre-assembled frame, for easy set-up. Black frame is made of high [ ... ]

Out of Hedgehog Food at the Pet Stores

This is a first…Anytime I have ever gone for hedgie food at the store, my hedgehog’s staple food, I have never ever had a problem finding it. No word of a lie…I went to 5 pet stores in our area, and every single one of them was out of hedgehog food. A conspiracy? Maybe…LOL… Not really…but now what? Well, I went online immediately and thought I’d try a new shopping search engine for pets, ShopWiki.com/wiki/Pets, that I’ve been wanting to use for a while. It worked out very well…I figured it would since it’s a wiki site. I looked up hedgehog food and it spit [ ... ]

Picky Hedgehog? Not Mine…

I often hear that people have pet hedgehogs that are picky with what they eat… NOT MINE! LOL My hedgie will eat just about anything I feed her…I may not actually see her eat it, but it’s gone in the morning when I check on her… I try to stay away from dairy, as it sometimes upsets her tummy, but other than that…she is a feeding champion! She loves her meal worms, either freeze dried (my fave) or in a can (not live), any brand of hedgehog food I’ve tried, all vegetables and fruits that I’ve given her, seeds, nuts, coconut… I try giving her [ ... ]

Piglet Survives Toilet Roll Ordeal As A Stowaway

Exotic Animal Newflash: Did you see the news article about the stowaway piglet, nicknamed Andrex, that survived being stuck in a toilet roll delivery truck in Ilkestone, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom? He is too cute! Check out the article here: Stowaway piglet survives toilet roll ordeal *** Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Suidae Genus: Sus . There are 14 species of pig: 1. Sus barbatus 2. Sus bucculentus 3. Yup, that's right! I have always wanted to start an animal refuge of my own...If you would like to help me start my animal refuge, please Click Here! Live Exotically!Social [ ... ]