A few months ago I did a post on wasps and hornets. That is one of my least favourite beings but got me thinking about some I do like. Quite frankly there are thousands and thousands of animals/creatures that I love to see and learn about. Some of my goals in life are to see as many as possible untouched by humans in their own habitat and not behind a fence or glass. I thought I would share with you just a small few I admire:
A wonderful ape. One that I could sit and watch for hours. Their eyes and expressions tell stories but their future tells a very sad one. The current population of the Orangutan is confined to now just Borneo and Sumatra. Their habitat is being torn down at an amazing rate to make way for palm oil plantations. Some mothers (whom do not reproduce that often or quickly) are also killed so their young can be used as pets. Their population is decreasing at approximately 1000 per year leaving a current estimate population of 6,500 (Sumatra) and 40,000 (Borneo). This could be the first great ape to disappear …. very soon!
Happy Hippo, Hungry Hippo, plushes, toys and cartoons have helped to make this huge mammal the seemingly cute and cuddly creature we know and love. One of the most common photos you see is one where it is seen yawning. Actually this pose is not a yawn. If you do get close to one yawning…. move! It is a threat to stay away. They can outrun a human easily despite their bulk and their canine teeth reach a staggering half a metre in length. Often seen cooling in mud or water this wonderful animal got it’s name from the ancient greek for ‘river horse’ but they have been found to come from the line of whales and porpoises.
Have you ever watched a sea horse? Clumsily fluttering around in the water looking so out of place. Weird and wonderful creatures they are. Yes, they are fish. They do have a few facts about them that make them intriguing to researchers. The male bears the unborn young – The female deposits eggs in his pouch which he fertilizes, cares for and when ready releases the born young. They have no stomach or teeth so have to virtually continuously eat to live.
I did say the list of my favourite animals is extensive and look forward to musing about a few more in the coming weeks and months. Thank you so much for reading. P.