Transparent Animals

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Transparent Frog
Native to Venezuela, the Glass Frogs belong to the amphibian family Centrolenidae (order Anura). While the general background coloration of most glass frogs is primarily lime green, the abdominal skin of some members of this family is transparent, so that the heart, liver, and digestive tract are visible through their translucent skin. (Photo by Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch)

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Transparent Head Fish
This bizarre deep-water fish called the Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) has a transparent head and tubular eyes. It has extremely light-sensitive eyes that can rotate within his transparent, fluid-filled shield on its head, while the fish’s tubular eyes, well inside the head, are capped by bright green lenses. The eyes point upward (as shown here) when the fish is looking for food overhead. They point forward when the fish is feeding. The two spots above the fish’s mouth are not eyes: those are olfactory organs called nares, which are analogous to human nostrils. (Photo by MBARI)


Thai Elephant Receives Prosthetic Leg 10 Years After Tragic Accident

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You’re never too big for a prosthetic.

Ten years ago, an elephant working in an illegal Thai logging camp near the Burmese/Myanmar border stepped on one of the many landmines still buried in the area. As a result, she had to have her left front foot amputated. The surgery required a world record-setting amount of anesthetic drugs — enough for 70 grown men. According to, the resulting wounds took so long to heal that the initial prosthetic leg planned for Motala wasn’t able to be used.

On August 15, the 48-year-old, three-ton elephant (who is a resident of the world’s only elephant hospital set up by Friends of the Asian Elephant, or FAE) was fitted with a new, permanent prosthetic leg, reports the Associated Press. Motala’s first walk with the new leg lasted about 10 minutes and she celebrated by tossing dirt in the air.

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Motala isn’t the first elephant to receive a prosthetic leg. Another resident of FAE’s elephant hospital, Mosha, took that title two years ago as a baby. Soraida Salwala, Founder and Secretary General of FAE, told Paw Nation that she is pleased with Motala’s progress, saying it’s a good sign that she’s already putting weight on the new leg. Motala has been wearing a temporary prosthetic for the last three years to prepare her for the permanent prosthesis.

Salwala, however, is still concerned about Mosha, saying, “The most worrisome issue is Mosha’s other leg, which is deformed. We are increasing the calcium so her bones will be strong enough to hold her body weight.”

The Prostheses Foundation, a company that also makes artificial limbs for humans, provided the artificial limbs for both elephants free of charge. But that doesn’t mean it was easy to fit a three ton animal with a peg leg.

“The process of making [the prosthetic leg] was the same [for both elephants], but for Mosha, it was more difficult because she would not stay still,” Salwala told Paw Nation. “We have already made three prosthetic legs for Mosha since June 2008, and many adjustments during the past 14months. For Motala, we prepared her well with the pre-prosthetic device, so when the big day finally came, she did not reject it and was happy to walk out of her shelter dusting and eating grass as normal.” A video of Motala walking on her new leg after the jump.

We hope both gigantic tripods continue to move forward at a steady pace.


Pig-Monkey ?

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Pig Creature

Villagers in China were more than a little shocked when this monkey-like pig was born! After news of the piglet spread through Fengzhang village, Xiping township, curious locals flocked to the home of owner Feng Changlin.
“It’s hideous. No one will be willing to buy it, and it scares the family to even look at it!” Feng told Oriental Today.

He says the piglet looks just like a monkey, with two thin lips, a small nose and two big eyes. Its rear leg
are also much longer than its forelegs, causing it to jump instead of walk.Feng’s wife said the monkey-faced piglet was one of five newborns of a sow which the family had raised for nine years.

“My God, it was so scary. I didn’t known what it was. I was really frightened,” she said.

“But our son likes to play with it, and he stopped us from getting rid of it. He even feeds it milk.”

Neighbours have suggested the couple keep the piglet to see how it looks as it matures. Photos indicate that the piglet is alive and well.OK, I’m just gonna say it, anyone else wondering what the owner looks like?? I know, I’m awful, but seriously!


Fawn Bathes Cat and Cat Likes It!

What is it about inter-species friendship that’s so adorable?

Perhaps it stirs a deeper human longing for peace and harmony. If two creatures of disparate species, genera, and orders can coexist peacefully — even in mutual symbiosis — then so can we all get along within our own species. Black and white; Democrat and Republican; Israeli and Palestinian; holding hands and living side by side in a spirit of love and affection.

Or maybe it’s just really freaking cute watching a deer lick a cat.