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Post Sary on Thu 15 Nov - 10:55

It is understandable why this species of large Australian bats are named flying foxes.  Their faces are very similar to the fox, with their beady little eyes and large pointy ears.  They very cute,especially the babies.
People often do not realize that bats are mammals.
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Post Neon Knight on Thu 28 Mar - 19:42

I saw a bat the other evening when I'd taken some rubbish out the back. They react so quickly.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6821975/Pensioner-72-left-baffled-tidying-garden-shed-night-discovered-mouse.html




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Post OsricPearl on Mon 1 Apr - 3:18

@Neon Knight wrote:I saw a bat the other evening when I'd taken some rubbish out the back. They react so quickly.

Did you hear about this? Smile 1

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6821975/Pensioner-72-left-baffled-tidying-garden-shed-night-discovered-mouse.html

That is super cute!
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Post Sary on Mon 6 May - 0:13

Spring is the perfect time of the year to hear various birds. I love to hear them singing in the early morning
These are some common species of birds that are native to the northeastern USA.
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Post Neon Knight on Tue 7 May - 0:34

I was interested in birds as a child and have still got a few books about them. Two American birds I liked were the blue jay and the bluebird. Do you get bluebirds? The British robin looks very different to the American one. I like magpies and we have a folk rhyme about them:

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One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret
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Post Sary on Tue 7 May - 20:22

I was interested in birds as a child too. We kept canaries and parakeets as pets.

Every now and then I will see a bluebird but, I suspect that their numbers are dwindling.
On the other hand there are plenty of blue jays  around here.

Jays are loud birds and can be very aggressive too!

A couple of years ago I witnessed a blue jay having an aerial battle with a much larger Red tailed hawk.
Probably the hawk was in close vicinity to the blue jays nest. The blue jay was relentless and continued to dive bomb the hawk, until eventually the hawk gave up and escaped by increasing altitude flying  beyond reach.

The magpie is a very handsome bird, he kind of looks like a crow, all dressed up in a fancy blue and white jacket. I read that magpies are one of the most intelligent of birds.
They are not native to my area.
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Post Neon Knight on Thu 16 May - 22:42

Apparently this young deer and wolf cub came up to the photographer by theirselves:

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I can see in young animals the same innocence, curiosity and playfulness that there is in human children.




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Post Neon Knight on Thu 27 Jun - 0:46

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7168807/Black-bear-breaks-Montana-home-locks-inside-nap.html  Quoting:

Black bear breaks into a Montana home and locks himself inside for a nap -
and refuses to leave when cops try to move him

Authorities say a black bear somehow locked himself inside a Montana home before nestling onto a closet shelf for a nap. According to officials, the bear broke in to the Butler's Creek residence early Friday morning before somehow locking the deadbolt once inside. The bear began ripping apart the property's mudroom and homeowners quickly called the Missoula County Sheriff's Office for help with the Goldilocks-style situation.

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Once officials arrived on the scene, the animal had settled in for a sleep on the closet shelf. Cops say the bear was less than impressed when they knocked on the window and tried to coax him outside. In a post on Facebook, the sheriff's office wrote: 'He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door. Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.'

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials had to be called in to tranquilize the bear so he could be re-located . . .
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Residents in Montana have long had to contend with black bears, which are populous in the state. Their numbers are rising across the United States, with 300,000 of the creatures in the country - with most residing in Montana and surrounding states including Idaho and North Dakota.




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Post Sary on Fri 28 Jun - 1:50

There was a bear on our deck a few weeks ago.
Every year there are more of them. They are not afraid of humans
I am afraid of them, they are known to attack dogs and some of them weigh 300 lbs!

Here is an interesting discovery about octopus.

How octopus arms make decisions
Date:
June 25, 2019
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American Geophysical Union
Summary:
Researchers studying the behavior and neuroscience of octopuses have long suspected that the animals' arms may have minds of their own. A new model is the first attempt at a comprehensive representation of information flow between the octopus's suckers, arms and brain, based on previous research in octopus neuroscience and behavior, and new video observations conducted in the lab.
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Post Sary on Thu 11 Jul - 13:08

Awwww look, one of the neighborhood black bears pale

a young one, not very big.


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Post Neon Knight on Sat 13 Jul - 2:03

There was an octopus that seemed to be able to predict the winners of games in the 2010 football World Cup competition: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/07/09/paul.predict.learn/index.html

What would you say the personality of bears is? More like dogs or cats, or neither?




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Post Sary on Wed 17 Jul - 8:27

I suppose that if human beings can have extra sensory perceptions having just one brain,  an octopus with nine brains should be even more apt to possess psychic gifts. I had never heard of Paul before...cool!

Black bears have a few things in common with dogs and cats.
Bears will get into garbage and knock over trash cans if given the opportunity and like cats they’re very good at climbing trees, but I would say that BB are a unique species, unlike any other.
http://westernwildlife.org/black-bear-outreach-project/biology-behavior-3/
I will try harder to put aside my fears of bears and coexist with them.
It seems that are not going anywhere, anytime soon.
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Post Neon Knight on Wed 28 Aug - 23:34

Black bears are funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UucHtYr29cE


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bears-wolves-lynx-wolverine-ancient-woodland-woods-forest-bristol-a9007386.html Quoting:

Native bears and wolves will live side by side for the first time in more than 1,000 years in a patch of ancient British woodland. European brown bears, which are thought to have disappeared in the Middle Ages, will roam beside grey wolves, the last of which were hunted to extinction in the 17th century, in a wood near Bristol.

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The project, called Bear Wood, will give visitors the chance to see how these animals would have coexisted in the woodland that used to cover much of Britain. Today only 13% of the UK's total land area is covered in woodland and only 2% is covered by ancient woodland, which has existed continuously since 1600 or before. Across the EU, an average of 35% of land is covered in woodland.

Two Eurasian lynx and two wolverines will also live beside the bears and wolves in Bear Wood. At first the four species will live in separate areas of the woodland, but it is hoped that in the near future they will be able to share the same 10,000 sq metre paddock. From Wednesday the wolves will be brought into the adjoining paddock next to the bears which have been getting accustomed to the woodland over the past few months.

Visitors will be able to observe the animals from a raised wooden walkway and a viewing den with floor-to-ceiling glass windows

Dr Justin Morris, the chief executive of Bristol Zoological society, said: “. . . It’s fascinating to see the bears climbing to the top of massive ash and oak trees. Of course, they are perfectly adapted to climb these trees, but it’s surprising them balancing on the smaller branches.”

He added that experience of living alongside other native species would be enriching for the animals . . . [and] that he hoped the reintroduction of these “charismatic species” to the wood will encourage visitor to think about the issues of climate change and rewilding. “We're excited that people are starting to recognise the value of British woodland, which is often overlooked when zoos concentrate on more exotic locations such as the African savannah and rainforest. We have a unique change to reach out to people so they can recognise the importance of our ancient woodland that remains.”




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Post Sary on Sun 22 Sep - 20:25

13% of the U.K. covered in woodland does not seem like enough space to support large populations of wildlife. It is good that Bristol is taking steps to change that.
 Bear Wood is a great way to introduce  animals back into their native habitat.  I am curious as to how well the bears and wolves will get along, it may take a generations or two for them acclimate.
American brown bears are much larger and ferocious than black bears.  

The raccoon is another animal that I frequently see around here.  Like bears, they will get into garbage cans if given the opportunity.  They are very clever and dexterous as well as
being extremely cute and funny.  I don't believe that there is a significant number of raccoons in the UK.

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I did not know that people keep them as pets.




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