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It’s BREH-ISH BON-AH TOYME
Nah idn’t it!
I just had a splendid week in London and was totally inspired by the OG Natural History Museum! And you know what that means...MORE BONES FOR YOU BONER BONEHEADS!
I hope you enjoy my #BritishBonerSpecial series starting today . Another magical Friday for magical boners everywhere
Remember: Boner = “Bone Lover”
and Sconer = “Scone Lover”
#bone #bonerfriday #bonersforsconers #bonah #isthataboneinyourknickersorareyoujusthappytoseeskulls #tiddlywinks
On @thismorning today sharing the #AlligatorSnappingTurtle and other animals and having a blast!
How crazy is that Vermiform Tongue!? It’s a little worm-like projection that actually draws his prey items to his mouth; usually this is fish and taking place under water. This turtle grows up to be the largest freshwater turtle in North America and maybe the gnarliest looking turtle in the world!
#ambush #predator #turtle #reptile #newworld #vermiform #iloveturtles
FACT: BABY PORCUPINES MAKE THE CUUUUTEST SOUNDS EVAAAAA!
#WoodlandCritter .. Doesn’t this baby African Porcupine look like the demon spawn on the @southpark “Woodland Christmas Critters” episode!? And she was an aggro lil’ tyke too!
Adult African porcupines are big rodents, weighing up to 60 lbs (almost 30 kgs). They’re herbivores and their diet, as well as their dentition, is similar to guinea pigs.
African Porcupines are native to sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Northwestern #Africa and even #Italy !
Thanks to @animaltracksinc for brining her in for a visit!
#exotic #rodent #porcupine #cheekteeth #africa #spikes #herbivore #wildlife
Pigs are EXTREMELY vocal animals! And to be honest, total #DramaQueens ♀️ I think pot belly pigs can be terrific pets but you absolutely must know what you’re getting into!
These piggies are very intelligent, almost too much for their own good, and will throw temper tantrums.
On top of that, they often grow to be much larger than people expect. There’s no such thing as a micro pig and I know many potbelly pig owners that hoped their piglets would stop growing at 20-30 or even 40 lbs and these pigs are well on their way to 200 lbs, some getting even larger. I don’t mean to discourage anyone from owning pigs because they can make amazing animal companions, but again, DEF know what you’re getting into if you decide a pig might be right for you.
#pig #piggie #piglet #oink #vet #veterinary #porcine #swine #screamers #bloodymurder #butreallyjustdivas #
#HappyValentinesDay And how fitting on #humpday? To answer my last post’s question, #deeznuts are from an OPOSSUM
Opossums are North America’s only native marsupial (not to be confused with “possums” which are marsupials native to Australia) and technically marsupials are a considered mammals btw.
Opossums not only have unique anatomy but neutering them is also a very different procedure compared to most other mammals. We perform a technique called “scrotal ablation” and that basically means surgically removing the nutsack and everything in it . FYI for dogs and cats we don’t remove any scrotum at all. For dogs we don’t even incise into it, but rather in front of it (= a “prescrotal incision”). I can’t think of anything more romantic than talking ‘scrotums’ on Valentines Day...you’re welcome 🤲
#berriesinfrontofthetwig #lovesack #manpouch #hairybeanbag #coinpurse #funsack #berrybasket #marblesatchel #chickenskindufflebag
The #Tortoise and the #Hare...MEME THIS!
While tortoise and rabbits have many differences (mammal vs reptile; fast vs slow; high alert vs relatively "chill"; fuzzy vs scaly+shell), they have something very much in common!
And that's their #gastrointestinal tract and they're both #herbivores !
Both tortoises and rabbits are "Hind Gut Fermenters." The hind gut, in reference to their large intestines, is extremely important because billions of bacterial colonies, essential to their daily livelihood, actually ferment all that grass and hay and plant material they ingest (aka consume aka eat). Grass and hay innately have very little nutritional value yet tortoises and rabbits still need the exact same macronutrient building blocks that we as humans (as well as our pet dogs) need for daily metabolic function: Proteins, Carbohydrates, & Fats.
It's this valuable fermentation process that converts low-nutritional value plants to digestible proteins/carbs/fats and the bacteria doing the fermenting need "food" everyday to maintain proper health and function. Hence rabbits and tortoises eating CONSTANTLY.
FYI for this same reason, many antibiotics that are ok for carnivores and omnivores are in fact fatal for hind-gut fermenters because they can kill off the "good" bacteria in their guts (ie penicillins, cephalosporins, most macrolides). Isn't gastrointestinal physiology just fascinating!? Another FYI, "turtles" ARE NOT hind gut fermenters because they're omnivores or carnivores so "turtle" is NOT synonymous with "tortoise."
Last FYI, horses and guinea pigs are also hind-gut fermenters!
#nerd #GI #health #digestion #vet #veterinary #tortoiseandthehare #exotics #didwelearnsomethingtoday #dontjudgemynerdlevel #itsbadsometimes #
English Bulldogs may be have their fair share of health issues as a breed but my goodness...do they make for some ridiculously adorable puppies or what!??
Tag a mate that NEEDS some bulldog in their life. Even a little apathetic one like this #puppy munchkin here ♂️
#bulldogpuppydontgivea$hit #ilovepuppies #english #bulldog #vet #veterinary #puppiesarebasicallylittleraysofsunshinethatpee&shiteverywhere #
EXTREMELY VENOMOUS SNAKE: Gaboon Viper! Also one of my favorite snakes and I love getting the opportunity to work with them! This kiddo just needed a general exam.
I could easily rattle off a couple dozen fascinating facts about these Vipers but the one I'm discussing in this video is this species' capability of RECTILINEAR motion (not "centripetal motion", sorry about that, idk where tf that came from, lol). This gorgeous specimen is a captive living snake in @libassa_wildlife_sanctuary and is a terrific ambassador for her species and reptiles in West Africa! Thank you @libassa_wildlife_sanctuary for taking great care of her
Ok fine, you want facts!?... -Longest fangs of ANY venomous snake >
-Thick body and extremely fast strikers
-Native to Sub-Saharan Africa
-Prey items are primarily small mammals, birds and frogs
-Primarily "Hemotoxic" venom (aka flesh destroying)
-NOT a 'pit viper' like it's Crotalid snake relatives in North America (ie rattlesnakes). Thanks for watching and remember: snakes, including venomous snakes, are far more afraid of you than you are of them!
#snake #gaboon #viper #africa #liberia #reptile #exotics #travel #oldworld #thiiiiiiick
CONSERVATION ALERT: The Pangolin!
And CORRECTION!: Pangolins are related to Carnivores, NOT sloths, very sorry for that misinformation, my bad!!!
Big thanks to the @libassa_wildlife_sanctuary for saving this baby!
This special mammal species is picked off by the millions for its precious scales, which are used for supposed "medicinal purposes" and "libido enhancers"!? Certain Asian traditions claim this, but you don't need a medical professional to tell you that's absolutely ABSURD. But, as a medical professional, I'll tell you it's complete and utter Mierda de Toro.
There's a senseless war on keratin here in Africa. You may know I support Rhino anti-poaching. Their horns are keratin-based too.
Daily keratin reminder: fingernails, hair, dead skin cells, bird beaks, the surface of turtle shells...ALL made of keratin. There's zero scientific evidence that keratin cures cancer or colds or gives you erections or any mystical feat other than providing you with a poor source of protein if consumed.
Feel otherwise? Then please do us a favor and chew your fingernails instead of killing our planet's wildlife.
That being said, poaching is obviously real and dangerous. I'm thankful for the @AVMALIFE for having my back when I spend time working with wildlife in exotic corners of the world. :) #embraceLIFE #wherewillLIFEtakeyou
#pangolin #wildlife #conservation #pangolinscales #Liberia #westafrica #jungle #africa #scaleswontfixyourrail #hornswontgetyouhorny #saveourwildlife #stoppoaching
Question: Where is your happy place? Tell me, where do you feel like you’re in your element? Where do you feel like you belong?
And check out the rest of this jungle vlog in my latest YouTube video, link in bio
#jungle #forest #nature #wildlife #africa #liberia #naturalworld #wanderlust #travel #happyplace #
#West #Africa isn’t a common tourist destination but I can now tell you first hand-this country is a gem🤩
I filmed this in Sapo National Park, one of the last primary forests in West Africa. Sapo NP is Home to the largest populations of Pygmy Hippos in the world! Unfortunately, due to nearby logging scaring wildife and the presidential inauguration which closed parts of the park I didn’t get to see these tiny hippos I ventured so far to see.
That’s the reality with ecotourism and searching for wildlife-there’s no guarantees and you may not find what you came for.
However, my best advice is to stay positive regardless of what turns up because no matter what an adventure awaits and life-lasting memories are created.
Also, for me, simply being in the territory of the Pygmy Hippo brings me much joy even without seeing them. Taking in the environment they live in is super special and fascinating ! The same notion applies when I’m looking for King Cobras in Southeast Asia or even hiking in Southern California for rattlesnakes. Not seeing them isn’t a fail, it’s an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and appreciate whatever you do find, because there’s always something.
Maybe it’s a new insect or plant you’ve never seen, maybe a gorgeous sunset, maybe even a positive, spiritual moment you can’t put into words. Trust me, there’s always something. And it’s when you decide not to take that adventure that you fail.
#neverstopexploring #travel #westafrica #wanderlust #wildlife #hippo #jungle #forest #outdoors #goadventure #expectnothingandappreciateeverything #pygmyhipposreallydolivehere
ANSWER: SILVERBACK MOUNTAIN GORILLA
All I can say is “EPIC.” My time here in Rwanda has shown me one of theee most epic wildlife encounters in my life!
This silverback (adult male) mountain gorilla experience in the Virunga mountains was everything I ever dreamed of Silverbacks are like nature’s bodybuilders, total balls of muscle and probably 15x stronger than average human men! These gentle giants, well, not always gentle, are herbivores and eat leaves, shoots, roots, vines, and some fruit. And they live in family units just like us! This male has a gorgeous “gorilla wife” and 3 beautiful gorilla children . I’m super thankful for @AVMALIFE for sponsoring this once-in-a-lifetime eco-trip to East and West Africa. Also happy to know they have my back and give me peace of mind on my adventures ⚕️
#embraceLIFE #wherewillLIFEtakeyou #gorilla #rwanda #africa #mountain #jungle #great #ape #notamonkey #primate #silverback
@akagerapark here in #Rwanda is stunning! Seeing African Elephants in the wild is magical . They’re so intelligent and emotional too! And environmentally, very important.
Elephants are very destructive to their environments as seen here but that plays into their importance as a keystone species. They also create water holes along river beds. Breaking down trees and vegetation helps create grasslands which are important for other species survival. But there is a fine line for this.
I’m most fascinated by elephants emotional capacity tho, they have extremely tight family bonds and even mourn for long periods after losing loved ones. I think we all could appreciate and learn from the compassion of an elephant . #africa #elephant #wildlife #conservation #keystone #saveourelephants
Be honest...is anything cuter than a sleepy puppy?? Tag someone that is as cute as a sleepy puppy
This breed, the “Potcake”, comes from the Caribbean. They get their name from what locals feed the dogs there-potcakes.
FYI a pot cake is what you find at the bottom of a large cooking pot that was filled with rice and peas. Potcake dogs are typically midsize breeds around 35-50 lbs. This little one absolutely stole my heart and was ready for adoption at the @animalleague (North Shore Animal League America). Remember, #adoptdontshop and have a wonderful weekend!
#potcake #nottobeconfusedwith...🤫 #adopt #rescue #dog #nyc #mansbestfriend #vet #veterinary #puppy
One of my absolute FAVORITE and CRAZIEST animal encounters to date! I relocated this gorgeous Javan Spitting Cobra from a campground in Indonesia and she was a beaut! Feisty but gorgeous! Please follow the link in my profile to see her spit venom on my face!!!
#cobra #indo #indonesia #elapid #venom #neurotoxic #