April 28th, 2006


Cute, cuddly, and poisonous?!

chebutykin, I thought of you when I found this site...

I did a google search on Slow Lorises to find a picture because frozendragon was talking about the critters at the zoo that she thought were cute and I thought it sounded like a description of the Slow Loris. I was right, and we both looked at the pictures and went "aaaaawwwwww!!!!"
But then the first article listed caught my eye. It was part of a venomous animal website. WTF? So I clicked it and it took me here: Damn! These little guys are cute! Color me shocked though to find out that the Lorises are poisonous...
"The lorises are actually toxic! On the inside of their elbows, sebaceous tissue secretes a toxin (like sweat pores, which is rather fitting since the toxic mixture smells remarkably like sweaty socks). The lorises take it into their mouth and deliver it in the bite."
I started reading the rest of the guy's site too and it's pretty darn interesting.
Cowboy Monkey

Monkey news!

In my email:

The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce the birth of an endangered snow monkey on April 26, adding one more to our popular exhibit. Although its mother has been keeping it close, the infant will become more visible to you in the coming weeks. The gender of the baby is not yet known. The exhibit's second youngest monkey, "Higgins," was born one year ago and is quite curious about the new addition.

Baby monkey!
It's a baby one of these:

Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) Macaca fuscata


And we've got more birds...

I found a really great little park. It's right by a highway, but it still feels secluded and it's got lots of cool birds. In the short time I was there I saw a Green Heron, a Great Egret, a couple hawks (that I couldn't identify), a pair of Woodducks, and some Mallards.

I'd never seen one of these before... It's a Green Heron Butorides virescens

And egrets are always cool,
Great Egret, Ardea alba