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A few weeks back, I updated you on the story of Macho B, the male jaguar that was captured in southeastern Arizona and subsequently euthanized due to apparent chronic kidney failure. The Arizona Republic is reporting that Sharon Dial, a pathologist at Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, is claiming that the euthanization was premature and that…

Asian small-clawed otter pups @ San Diego Zoo. More here.

The truth about red pandas

This is Toby, a red panda at Houston Zoo. This article lead to this comment: Don’t be fooled. The Red Panda’s "cuteness" is simply a reflection of the human tendency to anthropomorphize animals. In reality, the Red Panda is a vicious omnivore, willing to eat (or try to eat) anything it can put into its…

Update on Southwestern jaguars

Last week I reported that AZ Game and Fish had recently captured, collared and released a jaguar for the first time. At that time, folks were speculating whether the specimen was ?Macho B,? a male that had been seen in the area a number of times over the past 13 years. This turns out to…

A tough question

Zooborns asks us to ponder the question: “What’s cuter than a fennec fox?” As if there can be any reply. More photos over at Zooborns.

I’ve written before about efforts to study jaguar (Panthera onca) populations here in the desert southwest and Mexico, most recently to note that the Bush administration had declined to formulate a recovery plan for the species in the Southwest. The following is therefore encouraging for those of us who care about these magnificent animals. Three…

Poem: The Stoat

The Stoat Walking in the warmest afternoon this year has yielded yet, through slopes of whin that made the shadows luminous, and filled the slow air with its fragrance, we went down a narrow track, stone-littered, under trees which with new leaf and opening bud contrived to offer a green commentary on light; and as…

Bornean clouded leopard

Bornean clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) … now with mounted headlights. See here for previous story on the species. (click for larger version / image source)

Eno, a four month old American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the North Carolina Aquarium (source). Click for larger version.

The Sunday Mustelid

I’ve been remiss for a while and those of you who like the Monday Mustelid haven’t been getting your fix. So here is a little something to tide you over. Three video full of badgery goodness. The world’s most fearless animal – the ratel, Melivora capensis. This guy is 100kg of attitude in a 10kg…