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honduran white tent bats roosting under a heliconia leaf, which they sever down the length of its midrib to create a ‘tent’ that provides a waterproof shelter and protection from potential predators. 

photos by (click pic) konrad wothekenji nishida, jenny theobald and tobias gerlach, leyooutofsomewherewanja krahalex figueroamatt brady, and michael and patricia fogden


The West Indian Manatee

Manatees are large plant-eating slow moving aquatic mammals. Short front flippers help them steer or even crawl through shallow waters and strong paddle-shaped tails propel them.

A distant relative of the elephant they have thick, wrinkled skin that is grey or brown in color. An average adult is about 10 feet long and weighs between 1,500 and 2,200 pounds with a life expectancy of about 50-60 years.

The major threats to manatee survival are human activities: boat-related injuries and deaths, habitat loss or degradation, and in some countries, hunting.

The U.S. Geological Survey works in partnership with other Federal and State agencies and private organizations to study manatee life history, behavior, ecology, and population biology.

For more information on USGS studies on manatees, including the West Indian manatee, check this out:

Manatee Research int he SE United States

Crystal River Manatees

Photo credit: Robert Bonde, USGS

(via: USGS)


Rescued elephant cries tears of joy after 50 years in captivity

After being shackled and abused for 50 years, Raju, an Asian elephant found in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, took his first steps of freedom in the early hours of July 4. And in response, he shed tears of joy.

"Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of ­intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," Pooja Binepal, a spokeswoman for rescue organization Wildlife SOS, told the Mirror.

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