My pal John Curley, the multitalented bassist in the Afghan Whigs and Plastic Ants, took this incredible photo of Harapan the Sumatran rhinoceros at the excellent Cincinnati Zoo. Sadly, Sumatran rhinos are one of the world's most endangered animals with around 100 left on Earth. John says:
Harry is friendly, good-natured and adored by everyone at the zoo. He loves bananas and quiet walks on the beach at sunset (I'm kidding about that last part). Thanks to @mdcurley my amazing wife, for the unique opportunity to see this rare and beautiful creature up close.
Sumatran Rhino Project (Cincinnati Zoo)
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Quolls are marsupials native to Tasmania and Australia, though very few live in the wild in Australia due to decimation by foxes and feral cats. Perhaps the cutest pics are from Craig Borrow of the Herald Sun:
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I don't know the inspiration of this fun (and clearly photoshopped) image of a border collie surrounded by sea otters, but I don't really need to because it's awesome.
On a serious note, sea otters are in trouble. Populations of this endangered species are dwindling
as a result of pollution, disease, unprecedented predation by sharks and killer whales, and other factors. In just 30 years, the species has declined over 50 percent
Support conservation groups such as the National Wildlife Federation
to help sea otters and other wildlife.
In South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife used a Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter to relocate a rhino threatened by poachers, a process incredibly documented by Emma Gatland and featured on National Geographic.
Okay, which of you all just got busted for smuggling narwhal tusks? Fess up. It was either one of you, somebody from Reddit, or both, right?
Image: N is for narwhal - finished, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from notahipster's photostream