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/r/Awwducational

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Discovered in 1983 by Li Weidong, the Ili Pika is a teddy bear-like mammal found in China's Tianshan Mountains. Critically endangered, with just a few hundred left, it's threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

12 Comments
2024/04/15
03:55 UTC

258

The Marsupial mole features a golden coat, large claws, a shield-like nose, and no visible eyes. Instead of burrowing, it backfills tunnels in the sand. Seen roughly 10 times a decade, this mole thrives in Australia, dining on insects, eggs, and lizards.

11 Comments
2024/04/15
01:50 UTC

325

Steller's sea-eagle is a rare raptor from the rocky coasts and rivers of northeastern Siberia — flying southwards to Hokkaido, Japan, in winter. It's the world's heaviest eagle and a particularly aggressive species, known to frequently steal fish caught by other eagles.

14 Comments
2024/04/11
15:22 UTC

413

Female wool-carder bees (Genus Anthidium) harvest the soft, downy hairs that grow on certain plants, gathering them up in bundles and then using the material to line their nests

13 Comments
2024/04/08
23:10 UTC

368

The Oriental Blue Clearwing Moth (Heterosphecia tawonoides): these fuzzy blue moths can be found in the rainforests of Malaysia; they were regarded as a "lost species" for more than 130 years, until they were finally spotted again in 2013

8 Comments
2024/04/06
03:29 UTC

464

During breeding season, the male great argus will clear an open space in the forest and begin calling loudly. He may initially appear plain, but when courting a female he'll fan out his tail and enormous wings — creating a wall of "eyes" around her.

19 Comments
2024/04/05
13:47 UTC

603

The Jaguar has the most powerful bite of all The Big Cats but unlike others will aim for the back of the prey's skull. They can take down prey 3 to 4 times their own weight like Caimans & Tapirs, along with being able to bite through the hides of Crocodilians & shells of both Turtles & Armadillos.

14 Comments
2024/04/03
13:48 UTC

441

The South African springhare is a large, bounding, nocturnal rodent that lives in burrows — from which it departs with a swift leap to avoid ambushing predators. Its sharp forepaw claws are used to excavate its tunnels and a flap of skin on each ear can be closed to prevent sand from entering.

21 Comments
2024/04/02
13:52 UTC

282

The Mexican mole lizard may look like a giant earthworm from a distance, but its stubby legs are actually muscular enough to burrow rapidly by scraping aside earth, hence the name

5 Comments
2024/03/30
03:48 UTC

969

The Kiger Mustang is a strain of Horse located in Southeast Oregon descended largely from Spanish Horses brought to North America in The 17th Century. One named Donner, as pictured here, was used as a model by animators for the titular character of DreamWorks' "Spirit: Stallion of The Cimarron".

38 Comments
2024/03/25
13:36 UTC

582

Made famous by Dreamworks “Madagascar”, the Fossa is a mid-sized carnivorous mammal that serves as the island’s apex land predator, being the only one large and strong enough to tackle prey as big as adult Lemurs.

12 Comments
2024/03/24
15:45 UTC

305

Vampire bats strike their victims from the ground. They land near their prey and approach it on all fours. The bats have few teeth because of their liquid diet, but those they have are razor sharp.

9 Comments
2024/03/17
14:13 UTC

443

The spotted pardalote, one of Australia's tiniest birds, is frequently seen high in eucalypt canopies. Its nest, however, is most often found at the end of a long — up to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) — underground burrow.

7 Comments
2024/03/17
13:45 UTC

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The Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink: these lizards are only able to produce one egg at a time, so the mother protects her egg throughout its development, often curling herself around it; she then spends 2-3 weeks taking care of the hatchling after it emerges

28 Comments
2024/03/17
09:23 UTC

571

Crested Caracaras and Black Vultures will often clean each other's feathers, especially in parts they cannot reach by themselves, such as the head and neck. This behavior is called allopreening and may serve to strengthen their association. The two species also hang out together to forage and roost.

6 Comments
2024/03/16
12:06 UTC

1,384

The fat sand rat is a heavyset gerbil that lives in deserts and primarily feeds on the leaves of salt bushes — low-nutrient plants made of mostly water and salt. So it must eat a lot, using very efficient kidneys to pass excess salt from its body in urine that is 18x as concentrated as a human's.

20 Comments
2024/03/15
13:52 UTC

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Keas use a mix of statistical, physical, and social information to make predictions. Experiment found that keas, like humans, have something known as "domain general intelligence"—the mental ability to integrate several kinds of information.

24 Comments
2024/03/14
16:20 UTC

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When feeding cubs, female Sloth Bears are reported to regurgitate a mixture of partially digested fruit & honeycomb that hardens into a sticky, bread-like mass. This ‘Bear’s Bread’ is considered a delicacy by some of India’s natives.

38 Comments
2024/03/11
13:40 UTC

388

The goliath heron is the largest heron in the world — at 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) tall, with a wingspan of 2 metres (6.6 ft). It hunts in shallow waters and can spend 75% of its time standing completely still. It ignores most fish, only striking at the largest, usually catching just two or three a day.

8 Comments
2024/03/11
13:26 UTC

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The Amazon milk frog isn't named for its milky white appearance, instead, its name refers to a poisonous milky substance that it secretes when threatened. It also uses the fluid as "sunscreen" — lathering it over its body to prevent itself from drying out in the sun.

21 Comments
2024/03/08
12:59 UTC

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The Barred eagle-owl is a species of owl native to Southeast Asia. They probably pair for life and are very attached to a particular nesting site, where they will nest for years unless disturbed.

18 Comments
2024/03/08
05:50 UTC

281

Moths in Disguise (Arctiinae and Sesiidae): these are all just harmless moths that have developed the ability to mimic wasps, bees, and/or hornets; there are many arctiine and sesiid moths that rely on this tactic as a way to deter predators

10 Comments
2024/03/07
22:12 UTC

581

The ears of the long-eared hedgehog — longer than half the length of its head — are much larger than those of other hedgehogs. It lives in steppes and deserts, employing its astute hearing (and smell) to track down food, as well as using its ample ears to radiate heat and keep cool.

21 Comments
2024/03/05
16:10 UTC

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The Emperor Tamarin, named after named after Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany for it's impressive mustache, is tiny weighing less than 500g. Native to parts of Brazil and Peru, this tiny primate is playful and friendly, living in families of up to 15 individuals,. Females usually give birth to twins.

1 Comment
2024/03/03
15:08 UTC

663

The wompoo fruit-dove is a large rainforest pigeon from Australia's eastern coast and New Guinea. Despite its size, this bird is more likely to be heard rather than seen — identified by the plop of fruits dropping to the forest floor as it feeds or its deep "wom-poo" vocalizations.

16 Comments
2024/03/03
04:50 UTC

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Scarlet macaws form monogamous pair bonds that last for life. Once paired with a mate, they may show affection by licking each other's faces and mutual preening.

7 Comments
2024/03/01
18:47 UTC

4,151

The black-footed cat may be Africa's smallest feline, but it's also one of the world's most adept mammalian hunters — successfully catching its prey 60% of the time (compared to a leopard's 38% and a lion's 25%). A single cat can capture 12 - 13 meals a night and upwards of 3,000 rodents a year.

61 Comments
2024/02/29
15:11 UTC

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