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/r/Awwducational

5,691,178 Subscribers

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The giant otter shrew is named for its resemblance to both an otter and a shrew, despite not actually being either. It hunts nocturnally in forest pools and streams, swimming with a laterally flattened tail, like that of a fish or crocodile — an unusual swimming method among mammals.

4 Comments
2024/07/06
14:07 UTC

418

The white-tailed tropicbird performs noisy, aerial displays — swaying its tail streamer from side to side while gliding through the sky. A male courts a mate by flying above her and touching his tail to hers, they then glide away together in synchronized zigzag flight to find a nesting spot.

11 Comments
2024/06/29
13:28 UTC

270

Halszkaraptor was a small dromeosaur about the size of a duck. They had a long neck, legs and a short tail and arms. Short tail would have put their center of gravity at the front which would help them in swimming than walking. They would have hunted underwater due to sensory neurons on their snouts

7 Comments
2024/06/28
15:15 UTC

638

The dwarf mongoose — Africa's smallest carnivore — uses old termite mounds as shelter, living with a family of up to 30 individuals. When foraging for insects, these mongooses work together with hornbills; the mongooses flush out insects and the hornbills watch for aerial dangers.

14 Comments
2024/06/26
13:41 UTC

680

Unlike in "Winnie The Pooh", Bears eat more than just honey when they raid beehives. Both Black & Brown Bears will also consume the larvae & the bees themselves found inside the hive, as both are a good source of protein.

19 Comments
2024/06/24
13:43 UTC

878

The Luzon bleeding-heart dove is named for the vividly red marking on its white breast, which often looks like a real bleeding wound. During courtship, a male follows a female, inflating his breast to show off his "bleeding heart", and tries to win her affection with head bows and flirtatious coos.

22 Comments
2024/06/20
18:53 UTC

571

Coruros live in complex subterranean colonies — feasting on plant bulbs and tubers with their protruding upper incisors. Coruro colonies are nomadic; they move to a set of burrows, eat the plants, and then move on, letting them regrow before eventually returning. The species is endemic to Chile.

14 Comments
2024/06/18
18:49 UTC

1,468

African Servals have large ears that rotate like radar dishes, can hear in ultrasonic, and even hear up to 13 inches underground.

Got to meet one at Barn Hill Preserve in Ethel, LA. A great conservation/rescue. This handsome boy was rescued as a cub and can not survive in the wild.

35 Comments
2024/06/17
13:58 UTC

422

Male and female blond-crested woodpeckers look very much alike, apart from the red "moustaches" sported only by the males. These woodpeckers nest near arboreal ants, which seem to deter predators from their nests but don't harm their hatchlings — the woodpeckers also eat the ants.

11 Comments
2024/06/15
19:15 UTC

718

The coconut octopus carries seashells or coconut shells beneath its arms as it travels — using a few of its arms to hold the shells and the others to walk awkwardly along the sea floor. If this octopus encounters danger, it assembles the shells around itself, forming a kind of armour.

12 Comments
2024/06/13
19:21 UTC

316

The Indian Wolf (Canis Lupus Pallipes), made famous from Kipling/Disney's "The Jungle Book", is one of the world’s most endangered and evolutionarily distinct Gray Wolf populations. A study from the University of California said they could represent the most ancient surviving lineage of Wolves.

4 Comments
2024/06/12
13:36 UTC

893

The thick-billed raven is native to East Africa, where it hunts insects and reptiles, scavenges for carrion and eggs, and steals bones from vultures — its mighty bill supposedly intimidates the birds of prey. It also employs its large bill to dig; unearthing planted grains and hidden mole-rats.

20 Comments
2024/06/09
08:14 UTC

534

Thomas's leaf monkeys usually feed on vegetation — leaves, fruits, and flowers — in the forest canopy. However, the more adventurous females frequently visit the ground to eat toadstools and snails, while males keep watch for predators. This monkey can only be found in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

13 Comments
2024/06/05
17:57 UTC

749

Gaur are the largest cattle species in the world & are found in forested areas across South & Southeast Asia. They can weigh up to 1,000 kg & stand 2.2 meters tall at the shoulder. Due to their impressive size, Gaur have few natural predators; only Tigers have been known to kill healthy adults.

16 Comments
2024/06/03
13:36 UTC

891

The common cockchafer spends its first 3 to 5 years below ground, growing as a larva. Then, all at once, these beetles emerge as adults in great numbers during spring. They clumsily buzz about, using their frilly antennae to find mates and reproduce — they live for only 6 weeks in this form.

46 Comments
2024/06/01
03:44 UTC

5,654

Black-tailed jackrabbit kittens are born with fur with opened eyes.

64 Comments
2024/05/29
16:48 UTC

402

Endemic to the rainforests of Madagascar, the common sunbird-asity flits hyperactively from one flower to another and feeds on nectar with its remarkably downcurved beak. Depending on a flower's shape, instead of using its long beak, it occasionally sips nectar with a lengthy tubular tongue.

9 Comments
2024/05/29
15:34 UTC

537

Desert natives, Antelope Ground Squirrels use their tail as a sun umbrella and practice "heat dumping," pressing their bellies into cold ground to cool down.

10 Comments
2024/05/28
23:33 UTC

1,128

The pacarana is a rare creature, one that lives in the forested foothills of the Andes Mountains. This chunky rodent weighs up to 15 kg (33 lbs) and measures almost a metre (3.3 ft) from nose to tail tip. When eating, it typically sits on its hind limbs and holds food in its forepaws.

27 Comments
2024/05/27
14:07 UTC

671

The unique bill of a boat-billed heron allows it to hunt in varied ways. It can strike at fish and amphibians like other herons, or use its broad bill like a fishing net to scoop up swimming prey. It even employs its bill as a shovel to dig through soil and expose prey hiding beneath the surface.

15 Comments
2024/05/25
14:17 UTC

857

When it comes to ID’ing bears, people can get confused by “brown bears” that are actually a subspecies of black bear. Known as cinnamon bears, they are found across much of western North America.

29 Comments
2024/05/24
12:15 UTC

493

The Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox has an average wingspan of more than 5 feet and is the heaviest recorded bat at up to 3 pounds. Sadly, it is listed as Endangered & is only found in mature lowland forests within The Philippines.

7 Comments
2024/05/20
13:34 UTC

565

Irish Moileds are a rare breed of cattle from northern Ireland. The cattle are naturally polled, meaning they never grow horns!

8 Comments
2024/05/19
11:37 UTC

7,627

The smallest cat in the Americas, the kodkod is seen as an omen of disaster on indigenous Mapuche believes and often killed on sight.

143 Comments
2024/05/17
00:31 UTC

786

Golden pheasant. While they can fly clumsily in short bursts, they prefer to run and spend most of their time on the ground. This type of flying is commonly known as "flapping flight" and is due to a lack of a deep layer of M. pectoralis pars thoracicus and the tendon that attaches to it.

11 Comments
2024/05/13
08:35 UTC

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