Fennec a.k.a. the desert fox a.k.a Vulpes Zerda is a very small fox with a grotesquely large ears. In their natural habitat in Tunis and Algeria fennecs are hunting for large insects and small lizards through the night and spending their days sleeping in the burrows or other natural shelters. Such kind of living made fennecs awesomely big eared and unbearably cute.
Ocelot or, how it’s called in the Sauth America, Tigrillo is a small wild cat. Scientists are also calling it a dwarf leopard. Ocelots are living in the jungles and dense forests of Central and South America. They are approximately two to three times bigger than the average house cat. They are spending daytime sleeping on the tree branches. When the night falls, ocelots are becoming the hunters, merciless predators leaving no chance for the rodents, lizards and frogs that were unhappy to cross their path. Want to learn more about this wonderful wild cats? Read this perfectly illustrated book.
Foxes domesticated in the first generation are not the rare. From time to time somebody finds the abandoned fox puppies and brings them home, feeds them, cares about them. Fox puppies grow and becoming faithful friends to their savior. Since foxes are closely related to wolves and dogs they are sharing most of the habits and behavior.
Asian Leopard cats nowadays are the most numerous wild cats specie on our planet. Also, they are the most genetically close to the ancient specie domestic cats came from. In India, where the Asian Leopard cats population is particularly large, the wild females are often mating with domestic males living among people in villages. The hybrids are known as Bengal cats.
To continue with the adorable Australians, let's talk about kiwi birds. Those are endemic to New Zealand, but that's ok, New Zealand is still closer to Australia than anything else. Also, being a size of a small cat with the feathers almost as smooth as cat's fur, they are totally adorable. And undoubtedly interesting:
- There are few birds who can't fly. Kiwi have the smallest wings among all of them;
- Most birds rely heavily on their vision. Kiwi are almost blind and use sense of smell to find their food;
In most bird species females take care about the eggs. Kiwi males take care about the eggs for the whole three months of the incubation period.
But the most interesting kiwi fact is not about the bird itself but about its egg. Kiwi eggs are huge. In fact, the kiwi keep the record of the largest egg to the body size ratio. Kiwi egg could be 20% of the size of the bird and weights as much as 450 grammes. Not bad for a creature not much heavier (the largest species weight only two kilos). And to push the degree of nature's madness higher, sometimes kiwi can have two eggs simultaneously.
Since the down of the agriculture and the human civilization itself ten thousand years ago people are tend to constrain and contain the nature, put it into the strictly-defined limits. This is how we are transforming our area of habitat, this is what defines us as a specie.
The nature says nothing against it. It is silent. It uses all the space available for growth and proliferation. If we draw it in squares, nature will shape itself in squares even though there are no perfect squares and cubes in the wild. Nature will fit the ever changing environment not matter if it is changing due to cosmic reasons or by the will of the people.
Here are some good illustrations for this. In urban environment trees are shaping their root system to replicate the man-made patterns: squares, cubes, octagons…
Carnivores aren’t really picky about their prey. They hunting herbivores and carnivores and anyone who looks tasty enough. In nature, nobody asks what your culinary preferences are before eating you whole, with your socks on. Carnivores are eating carnivores, and reptiles eat reptiles. Like in this case in Australia. The python is eating the goanna, Australian monitor lizard.
The whole process is taking about two hours. Look how much Australians are caring about their murderous wildlife—they put a sticks and do-not-cross tape around the scene so nobody would interrupt the lunch.