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Colorful Nicobar Pigeon

Colorful Nicobar Pigeon

Colorful Nicobar Pigeon The Nicobar pigeon is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss, hunting, the pet trade, and the introduction of non-native species like cats and rats to their breeding islands. The body shape of these birds is typical for pigeons‒ a chunky body and a relatively small head. ...

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Chinchilla

Chinchilla

Chinchilla Chinchillas are native to Chile and Peru. In the wild they live in groups and make their home in burrows and natural outcroppings and crevices. These small, cute rodents have plush, soft coats of fur. They weigh around 1 to 1.5 pounds and can be up to a foot long. They have rounded ears and eyes on either side ...

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Armadillo

Armadillo

Armadillo The armadillo is really strange looking. Although most armadillo species look like they have no hair, they do have wiry hairs on the sides and the belly. Some people refer to the hairs as curb feelers, since armadillos can feel their way around an area at night as the hairs touch objects. The one thing that tells everyone they ...

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Chamois

chamois

Chamois The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a goat-antelope species native to mountains in Europe, including the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, the European Alps, the Tatra Mountains, the Balkans, parts of Turkey, and the Caucasus. The chamois has also been introduced to the South Island of New Zealand. Some subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European ...

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Wild boar

Wild boar

Wild boar Wild boar or wild pig is a species of the pig genus Sus, part of the biological family Suidae. The species includes many subspecies. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridizes. Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean region (including North Africa’s Atlas ...

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Badger

Badger

Badger Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the family Mustelidae which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels and wolverines. The 11 species of badger are grouped in three subfamilies: Melinae, Mellivorinae and Taxideinae (the American badger). The Asiatic stink badgers of the genus Mydaus were formerly included within Melinae, but recent genetic evidence indicates these are actually members of the skunk ...

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Harp seal

harp seal or saddleback seal

Harp seal The harp seal or saddleback seal is a species of earless seal native to the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Arctic Ocean. It now belongs to the monotypic genus Pagophilus. Its scientific name, Pagophilus groenlandicus, means “ice-lover from Greenland”, and its synonym, Phoca groenlandica means “Greenland seal”. Originally in the genus Phoca with a number of ...

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Polar Bear

Polar-Bear

Polar Bear The polar bear is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear. A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–700 kg, while a sow (adult female) is about half that ...

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Spiney Orbweaver Spider

Spiney Orbweaver Spider

Spiney Orbweaver Spider The Gasteracantha cancriformis, or Spiney Orbweaver Spider is also known in some areas as a Crab Spider has a very distinctive and colorful “shell” looking back with several “spines” usually bright in color protruding out. It is thought that this is mainly a development of protection from predators as it looks dangerous. They are small in size, ...

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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin-Duck

Mandarin Duck The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and “whiskers”. ...

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