This photo popped up in my saved tag search on “armadillo.” Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that this is an aardvark.
Cuban Tree Frog, Florida
Photograph by James Snyder
This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead, having cooked himself from the inside. I’m happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished shooting him, I pulled the light out of his mouth and he was fine. Actually, I might be crazy but I don’t thin he was very happy when I took his light away.
From the article:
When asked for proper documentation to bring horses across state lines, he gave them a “Letter of Commitment to Jesus,” police said.
Maybe it’s just because I used to work for the Division of Animal Health at the state Department of Agriculture—which is responsible for issuing permits to allow animals to cross the state line—but I thought that was hilarious.
From the Bookie Wookie review of Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories comes this illustration of the three main characters in “The Beginning of the Armadillos,” which to my knowledge is a true and accurate portrayal of how armadillos came to be. (And which you should definitely read if you haven’t already, because the part where these three characters (a hedgehog, a tortoise, and a jaguar, if you couldn’t tell) are conversing by the Amazon River is hilarious.)
I love pangolins. They’re like the bastard child of an armadillo and an artichoke.
I interrupt the various bouts of rage and anger on your dash to bring you a seductive duck.
The Christmas fair at Askham Bryan College, near York, will feature other exotic creatures like … raccoons? I suppose it’s all about your perspective.