You’ve been reading or watching Game of Thrones. You’ve lovingly lingered over the descriptions of Gray Wind running into battle with Rob. You cried for Lady and cheered when Nymeria used Joffrey’s arm as a chew toy. Perhaps you’ve even caught yourself looking back over your lease agreement and wondering if “dire wolf” qualifies as an exotic pet.
Malnourished sea lion pups have started arriving in northern California – by the vanload.
It’s a three-day, two-night trip for the weary mammalian travelers, with overnight stops in San Luis Obispo and Moss Landing. At the end of the road: The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where the pups will be cared for and returned to health.
Bats are among the world’s most successful mammals. Found on six continents, they do at night what birds do in daytime. But other than a bit of Halloween lip service, they go largely unnoticed, and are appreciated mostly for being scary and carrying disease.
We at Wired, however, are big fans of bats, and we’ll tell you why right here.
…as if this photo isn’t reason enough.
Chipmunks are small, striped squirrels with seemingly limitless cheek pouches. Their awesomeness is inversely proportional to their size. Come to think of it, they should probably be wearing underpants as well.
Today is Forest Friends Day on Geyser of Awesome!
Chipmunks + Star Wars = AWESOME.
Morning Fluff: Researchers in China donned panda suits last month to help a 21-month-old panda and its mother transfer to a new home; the costumes were meant to ease the process by limiting the animals’ interaction with humans.
And the real pandas were like: “Really? How dumb do you think we are?”
See the rest of the ridic pics here.
Dressing like a panda + handling real-life pandas = An AWESOME day.
If you think movie actors are hard to deal with, try directing bugs. The tarantula won’t sneak into a slipper in Arachnophobia. The bees swarming around Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo might sting him. The mosquito won’t sit still. The fly won’t clean itself.
So to get insect and arachnid stunts done, the biggest shot-callers call Steven Kutcher, a 68-year-old entomologist who has worked on over 90 movies in the past 30 years.
Photo: Bryce Duffy
Robot, meet tiger. Tiger, meet robot.
[via National Geographic]