Stranger Fruit

Category archives for Mammals

Daubenton’s Bat

Daubenton’s Bat, Myotis daubentonii Kuhl 1817, hunting over water. Named in honor of the French naturalist Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton who died today in 1800. [source]

Quick hit

They "get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them." They, in this case, are not worthless socialites and Hollywood starlets, but elephants in northeastern India, and the speaker is none other than Paris Hilton, who went on to comment that "It is just so…

Sad Day

I note that Minazo, Japan’s largest seal died this week. Minazo became an Internet icon: He will be missed. (HT to Ugly Overload)

Picture of the Day

Miniature wire-haired dachshund finds 13in, 8lb thigh section of a fossilized Southern elephant (Archidiskodon meridionalis) on English beach. Gets to look very happy about it. [Source]

Last October I blogged about the reappearance of jaguars in southern Arizona and the possible effect of Bush’s border fence on the species recovery. While jaguars have been seen in Arizona, the closest breeding population is 125 miles south of the border and is being studied by the Northern Jaguar Project. The population is estimated…

Optimism and the Yangtze River dolphin

ABC (Australia) is reporting that the Yangtze River dolphin or baiji (Lipotes vexillifer) may not be definitely extinct after all (see here and here). Wang Ding – who headed the survey team – is reported as saying: This is only one survey and…you can’t have a sample in a survey, so you cannot say the…

Back last December I reported that the Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) was "effectively extinct". Now I must report that the species has been declared officially extinct, the first official extinction of a large vertebrate for more than 50 years.

Baby hyenas

… because hyenas don’t get enough good press. Click to enbiggen. (source)

Fresh faced beauty for the Fourth

This little cutie (click for bigger version) is the first Maclaud’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus maclaudi) ever photographed and the first seen in the wild in 40 years. The species was rediscovered in the highland forests of Guinea and is one of the approximately seventy species of horseshoe bat within the genus Rhinolophus. Of course, nothing…

This image released by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing shows front views of a new fossil panda skull, Ailuropoda microta, from Jinyin Cave, Guangxi, China, left, and a living giant panda skull, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, right. The first skull of the earliest known ancestor of the giant panda has been discovered in…