With shaggy fur and chunky legs, a baby Musk Ox is taking center stage at the Calgary Zoo. The calf was born on April 23 to mom Shyia and dad Tlayopi. Though Musk Ox calves are big babies, they have a lot of growing to do before reaching their adult weight of 500 to 800 pounds.
See more photos of the big, adorable baby on ZooBorns!
A solitary bee drinks the tears from a yellow-spotted river turtle in Yasuní national park, Ecuador. The endangered yellow-spotted river turtle cannot easily brush them away while the solitary bee needs the sodium. The unusual interaction, believed to be the first time seen between these two animals, was captured by Dr Oliver Dangles | image by Olivier Dangles
A white stork in its nest on a turret of Castle Hohenberg, Hohenberg an der Eger, Germany | image by Filip Singer
For the first time in over a decade, the Phoenix Zoo has a Spectacled Owl chick. The chick was born on February 10th to the zoo’s pair of Spectacled Owls. The pair is quite experienced in rearing young having done so six times in the past, albeit not for some time. After over ten years without a baby, and with the female being 20 years old and the male 15, keepers were not sure if the lone egg laid would be fertile.
Visit ZooBorns to learn more about this expected birth and to see more photo of the fuzzy owlet!
The giant earthworm-eating terrestrial leech Haemopis ottae. This wasn’t discovered in some remote rainforest, but a garden in southern New Jersey. Presently, all 14 known specimens are from the Garden State, but considering how these leeches managed to be overlooked for so long, their exact distribution is far from certain. So next time you’re in a cedar bog on the East Coast, be on the lookout!
Wirchansky, B. & Shain, D. (2010). A new species of Haemopis (Annelida: Hirudinea): evolution of North American terrestrial leeches. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 226–234.
Orchid Plate Illustration
© Julianne Pasini 2010
plate 24 fromHistoire naturelle de la France: Papillons. (1884).12e Partie. Jean Étienne Bercé.
(via: Vintage Printable)