Nice hat there, little guy. “A new species of spider has been discovered. They have named it ‘Sparklemuffin.’ I am not lying.” -Katherine B.
[*Update: Meghan B. suggested “New York New York” might be the song this guy is singing. Good call. -Ed.]
The Featured Creature likes weird animals- and coincidentally enough, that’s where we spotted this critter– who fits the bill. Almost two years ago (!) we were introduced to Mr. Nudibranch. This year, we have a..Dominos Nudibranch? Pizza Hut Nudibranch? What? Is? That? Answer: a “Pizza Crust Sea Slug.” (Same thing as a Nudi, says FC.) Or, (say like Cliff Clavin:) a “Pleurobranchus Areolatus.”
[*Note- Of COURSE there’s a “Sea Slug Forum.” -Ed.]
We get emails….and then we get emails.
Like this one from The Mad Cat Lady.
“Look at this little guy!!! OMG! I was walking down the street and first thought it was a bit of doggie poop, but then the poop *moved*! And on closer inspection the poop turned out to have ‘eyes’ and…wasn´t poop at all!”
“(For the scientifically minded, this is the caterpillar of the rather large (palm-sized, eek!) Tersa Sphinx Moth.)”
Hard to believe, I know. Totally real, totally SQUEE.
As seen on Tumblr.
…at the Audubon Zoo down New Orleans way, “T-Boy” The Nutria (A “Nutria” being a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae) did NOT see his considerable shadow. As we heard earlier today, the rest of the country gets six more weeks of winter, but New Orleans? BAM! An early spring for YOU.
This…is a Bebeh Hairless..(pausing here so you can go WHAT IS THAT??????)…Rabbit.
Did you know rabbits are born without any hair? Carly did, and she says on TFC that “Teddytassens started getting his fur after several weeks but it still took some time before he looked completely normal.”
“Hi. Nice to meet you. I. Am. BOOBY!”
From Carly B. of The Featured Creature.
Harken back to March of 2013- we introduced you to Mr. Nudibranch! Now, in December of 2014- thanks to Carly of The Featured Creature, we’ve got Mr. Nudibranch (The Sequel.) She says this is actually a “Leaf Sheep Nudibranch.” Well, of course I knew that. Learn more right here. The above photo is by Lynn Wu.
Spotted this one while zipping through The Facebookster. These are quite real!
They’re called “Masdevallia Orchids aka Monkey Orchids.”