Penguins vs Rope: The Video You Never Knew You Needed In Your Life
Penguins are designed for the water, where they are quick, sleek hunters. Put them on land, and these flightless birds are awkward waddling butlers. Put them on land in front of a rope, and they are hilarious.
Check out the sixth penguin to “walk the line” and who’s just shocked he was able to cross with no issues at all.
The lesson here is all those who choose to use a beach with a clear penguin population should use extra precaution when dropping an anchor line. Luckily in this video no penguins are hurt, outside of their pride, but lines like this run the risk of seriously damaging a flipper or worse.
Nonetheless, enjoy, and please someone make a gif set of this!
Barn owls are shockingly the most popular owls.
Zoe’s Top 5 Museum Animals!
Family Day Weekend is approaching and the ROM is talking about animals! I have many favourite animals and they can all be found right here at the ROM, so come and check them out!
- Snow leopards are not only beautiful and endangered but they can also be found 3500 meters above sea level and their scientific name is Uncia Uncia.
- Panda’s are simply just awesome and can up to 14 kilograms of bamboo a day. The dark eyespot of a panda cub is shaped as a circle but as the cub grows the circle becomes a teardrop shape. The name of the Panda originated from the Nepalese word poonya, which translates into “bamboo-eating animal.”
- There’s no doubt that you’ll miss the striking white rhino in the Schad Gallery at the ROM. The White Rhino is one of the workd’s largest land mammals. White Rhinoceros’ can be found in Africa’s grassy plains or wallowing in mud.
- Without doubt the Zebra’s one of my favourite animals! It’s one of the only animals that start with the letter “z” like my name. The famous zebra stripes are a defense mechanism that makes it harder for predators to pick out which zebra to chase. Zebra’s are also very social animals and they can run up to 56 kilometers per hour.
- My final favourite animal is Toronto’s night-time mascot, that is notorious for snooping through our garbage at night. Raccoons are very vocals and have a large variety of calls to communicate with. The raccoon’s scientific name is Procyon lotor, which translates into “washer dog.”
If you’re nearby, stop at the ROM during Family Day Weekend and find out more about my favourite animals. What’s your favourite animal?
Liz Butler Draws The ROM: Canids!
This week I continued to look at families of the order Carnivora (see cats and bears, previously), and looked for members of the canid, or dog, family. Once more, I visited the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.
This week I drew a wolf, an arctic fox, and a raccoon dog. These three species certainly show the diversity that exists in this family!
Grey wolves can be found across North America and Eurasia, and include the white-phase arctic wolf I drew at the museum. Arctic foxes, while they share some of the same geographical range as wolves in the tundras of Canada and Europe, are easy to distinguish from their larger cousins. Although white-phase wolves and arctic foxes may both have white coats, an arctic fox is a much smaller predator, about a tenth the weight of a wolf. Also, unlike wolves, arctic foxes’ coats change colour with the seasons! In the summer, arctic foxes have a ‘blue’ or grey coat colour, while they are a bright white in the winter.
There are two arctic foxes on display in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity – see if you can find both, and compare their coat colours. Can you see the any of the grey coat showing on either fox?
The third animal I drew this week is the raccoon dog. Although raccoon dogs have coats that are very similar in colour to the raccoons you may see in your backyard, this resemblance is only ‘skin deep’. Raccoons are members of the family procyonid, while raccoon dogs are canids.
Can you think of any other examples of animal look-alikes?
- Liz Butler is an artist and teacher who loves natural history and museums. She loves drawing, painting, and making crafts of all kinds. She is happiest when she can find ways to combine art projects with science content.
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Guest Post By Liz Butler. Last Updated: February 1st, 2014.