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Red Panda
2007-01-22 14:41:19

The red panda, Ailurus fulgens also known as the lesser panda, bear cat or fire fox, is a mostly herbivorous mammal. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat 21.65 in (55 cm) long. The red panda has semi-retractile claws and, like the giant panda, has a "false thumb" which is really an extension of the wrist bone. Thick fur on the soles of the feet offers protection from cold and hides scent...

Sumatran Tiger
2007-01-19 14:51:36

The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island's national parks. Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers. They indicate that it may develop into a separate species, if it is not made extinct. This has led to...

Fossa
2007-01-19 12:05:24

The fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is a mammal native to the island of Madagascar. It is sometimes said to resemble a cross between a dog and cat. It is actually more closely related to the mongoose. It is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island. Anatomy Male fossas are 29 to 31 in (75 to 80 cm) long, plus a tail that is 27 to 35 in (70 to 90 cm) long. They weigh 13 to 22 lb (6 to 10...

Cuban Solenodon
2007-01-19 11:47:34

The Cuban Solenodon (Solenodon cubanus), known as the Almiqui in Cuba, is a soricomorph native to Cuba. It belongs to the family Solenodontidae along with a similar species, the Hispaniola Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus). The solenodon is unusual among mammals in that its saliva is venomous. Appearance With small eyes, and dark brown to black hair, it is sometimes compared to a shrew. It...

Amami Rabbit
2006-12-26 10:58:24

The Amami Rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi), or Amami no Kuro Usagi, also known as the Ryukyu Rabbit, is a primitive dark-furred rabbit. It is only found in Amami Oshima and Toku-no-Shima, in Japan. The Amami Rabbit is a living remnant of ancient rabbits that once lived on the Asian mainland, where they died out. There are only two small islands where they survive today. The Amami Rabbit has...

Boto Amazon River Dolphin or Pink River Dolphin
2006-09-01 13:00:57

The Boto, Amazon River Dolphin or Pink River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) is a freshwater or river dolphin. It is endemic to the Amazon River and Orinoco River systems. The Boto is the largest of the river dolphins. This species is not to be confused with the Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), whose range overlaps that of the Boto, but which is not a true river dolphin. Another river dolphin is the...

Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.