A Russian zoo is home to a unique animal - the liger. It is half-lioness, half-tiger. Mother Zita is pictured licking her one month old liliger cub
I DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT YOU CALL IT LOOK AT HER HAPPY LITTLE FACE IN THE LAST PICTURES SHE’S SO PROUD OF HER LIL CUB AND HER SPOTS AND SHE’S GOTTA BE TOUGH MOMMA WHEN THE BABY’S LOOKING BUT AS SOON AS THEY TURN AROUND, SHE’S LIKE,
":3 Look at it. I made a thing. I made a rly good thing. :3"
We rescued this sweetheart last week. She’s half pit and half Italian greyhound…meet Piper
leopard seals weigh over a thousand pounds and have a reputation for being one of the most vicious predators in the sea. a leopard seal even killed a marine biologist in 2003. but photographer paul nicklen was befriended by a leopard seal who was patrolling a penguin rookery near anvers island, antarctica.
over the course of a five day photographic study, this female leopard seal would bring him about thirty penguins as gifts to eat. at first nicklen was confused. and very scared. “it takes a leap of faith when you get in the water with an animal like that, you’re completely vulnerable,” nicklen said.
but this seal began to bring him live penguins, which would swim away when he failed to grab them, and which she would swim after and return to him. realizing nicklen didn’t know what to do with the penguins, she started to bring him dead ones she had drowned. when he still didn’t know what to do, she showed him how to eat them (this involved ripping the head off the penguin and using the body like a cup to slurp down the entrails)
“it was a very deliberate effort at interspecies communication, whether it was because she was nurturing me, trying to communicate, or bored and lonely and wanted to hang out,” nicklen said. she even protected him from other approaching leopard seals, stealing their penguins and bringing them to him.
he considers the encounter the most rewarding experience of his twenty year career in photography. “when you spend a month trying to get a picture of a polar bear, then all of a sudden you have a top predator in antarctica force feeding you penguins all day, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
That story is super cute, but leopard seals are still terrifying.
Are you a bear
I told her to go find a toy and she brought me a leaf.
let the inter-species games begin!
A way for the punters to entertain the animals!
I approve of this.
It reminds me of a wolf sanctuary I visited where the Wolves had to pens, so at one point they put the wolves into their feeding pen and gave us all meat to hide around their ordinary pen.
Once we were all out and the gate was securely locked they let the wolves back in and they had so much fun hunting down and pulling out the meat.
Ways to safely play with the animals in a respectful manner that is enjoyable for the animals need to be incorporated into zoos and wildlife parks so badly.
It’s so important for the mental health of the animals that they (A) have something to do and (B) have a positive experience from having all of these strange humans watching them all day.