Late at night in certain (Miyazaki-animated) regions of Japan it’s possible to catch a ride on the Catbus. So what’s the late night animal transportation situation in other countries? We’re glad you asked! Camera traps set up by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, a nature reserve in South Africa, recently captured these awesome images of an adventuresome Large-spotted genet hitching a ride on the backs of Cape Buffalo and White Rhinos in the middle of the night.
"Large-spotted genets are small nocturnal omnivores related to civets. They are mostly tree-dwelling creatures and prey on insects, birds, frogs, and rodents, although there have been recordings of them killing baby antelopes, a seemingly impossible feat for a creature of their size."
And now we know genets also like to use much larger animals as transportation. These photos were captured on different nights, which means that these Buffalobus and Rhinobus rides weren’t a one-time occurrence.
[via National Geographic News]
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The sequined (or mirror) spider has silvery patches covering its abdomen. Because the speckles reflect and scatter light, they may make the spider harder for predators to see. Amazingly, the patches with change in size depending on the spider’s level of agitation.
Image credit: Andrew Ker
Thwaitesia nigronodosa (Theridiidae)
Happy World Rhino Day!
Started by WWF South Africa in 2010, World Rhino Day is celebrated every 22nd September.
It is easy to become disillusioned when contemplating rhino conservation, with the threat of poaching ever increasing. So here’s some positive rhino deets to celebrate these fantastic animals:
- The southern white rhinoceros was considered extinct in the late 19th century, until a small population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in 1895. Now there are estimated to be more than 20,000 southern white rhinos in existence!
- In Nepal, where a small population of the Indian rhinoceros is found, there was not a single instance of poaching for all of 2013. In 2012, there was only one, and in 2011 there were also none at all.
- Sumatran rhinos are a very ancient species, and they are related to the now extinct Woolly Rhinoceros, Coelodonta.
- The closest living relatives of rhinos are tapirs, zebra and horses
- A group of rhinos is called a CRASH
- An adult rhino can produce up to 22 kg of excrement per day
If you’d like to lend a hand to rhino conservation, here’s a few organisations you might like to check out:
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Sunday’s Featured Photographer: (Aurel Manea)
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