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A new angle for hippos

Here’s a pretty weird looking photo; it comes courtesy of Markus Bühler (of Bestiarium) and was taken at Berlin Zoo. I don’t think I’m spoiling the surprise by saying that it shows a Hippopotamus amphibius…. … albeit a peculiar individual who seems to suffer from prolapsed tissue around the corners of her mouth. Initially I…

My dinosaur colouring book # 2

Another one. Identify the creatures (all from the Barremian Wessex Formation of the Isle of Wight, England) – possibly more difficult this time! Remember that some of the animals are in ‘historic guise’, so are portrayed very much inaccurately. And no cheating, as labelled versions of this picture have been published before (in the Japanese…

When I was a kid I drew lots of dinosaurs. My efforts weren’t too bad, but of course I got a lot wrong (by modern standards) and – like so many dinosaur fan-boys and girls growing up in the 80s and 90s – I became a very good copier of Greg Paul. Here’s a Late…

Can you identify this peculiar odontocete? As always, dead easy. IF you know the answer. Thanks to Markus Bühler for the image. Oh, and while I’m here…

Ducks – like the Mallards Anas platyrhynchos shown here – lead fairly violent sex lives. As I said in a previous article… [A]s you’ll know if you’ve spent any time watching ducks, ‘forced extra-pair copulations’ are very common in ducks. The Mallard Anas platyrhynchos is the best (or should that be worst?) example of the…

Chito and Pocho, frolicking in the water

What’s going on in these pictures?

There are green furry dilophosaurs now?

Yes, yes there are. Stay tuned, all will be revealed. And if you know what this is all about, and where it went and how it ended up and so on, please don’t spoil it for everyone else. Yet.

Some days ago I went to the Isle of Wight Tiger and Lemur Sanctuary (which is where I saw all those big cats). And while there, one of the undoubted highlights was this amazing beast… What is it, and what can you tell us about it? You get points for being clever, not for trying…

Big cats on holiday

No time for anything substantive, but here’s a montage featuring some of the stuff we’ve been looking at while on holiday. Some of the cats here are rather unusual: the tiger in the middle of the top row was a Siberian x Chinese hybrid. Getting good photos of the jaguars proved not so easy (see…