The Red Panda
The Red Panda is on the endangered species list. It’s an herbivore around the size of an average house cat. They use their ringed, big bushy tails as wraparound blankets to stay warm in the mountains. Found in Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma), as well as in central China, they spend their lives in a high-altitude forest habitat. They eat bamboo and have an easy time doing it thanks to their strong and sharp curved claws. Although a distant relative of the giant panda, the red panda was once thought be a relative of the raccoon. They tend to be shy and solitary but if you happen to see one in person, you’ll find they’re one of the most adorable sights you’ve ever laid eyes on.
The Maned Wolf
This fantastic creature gets its name from the mane on its neck which stands erect when it senses danger. Its most notable characteristic is its unusually long legs which give it the ability to see above the long grass while running. Its relation to the wolf is through lineage only. The maned wolf is more closely related to the forest fox and the bush dog, and look strikingly similar to a red fox (with really long, black legs). Because of that, they’ve earned the nickname “fox on stilts.” Found in South America, they differ from North American wolves in diet and temperament. Maned wolves are gentle, timid and are solitary by nature. They are omnivorous, eating a combination of fruits, vegetables and meat. They particularly love bananas, apples and avocados. They’re listed as near threatened due to hunting, loss of habitat, and the introduction of certain diseases. Some believe that their organs have medicinal healing powers, which puts them at great risk for poaching.
Known as the blue dragon (among many other things), this mollusk can be found in tropical oceans throughout the world. You’re likely to see them in the waters of the East and South Coast of South Africa, Europe, the East Coast of Australia and Mozambique. They’re easy to spot because they float upside down on the ocean’s surface. Glaucus Atlanticus’ are made up of beautiful blue, blue-white and silver-greyish colors. Their coloration acts as a form of camouflage that protects the species from predators coming at them from every possible angle. The slug’s beautiful vibrant blue hue is one of the most dazzling characteristics of this bizarre animal. However, its coloring is not the only thing it uses for protection. This phenomenal creature, aside from blending in with the environment, also has the ability to steal its prey’s defenses by ingesting certain cells. When out of water they tend to roll into a little ball. They open up again the moment they are placed back into water, flipping themselves over slowly with their silver-grey surface facing up to the sky.
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