Meet the teeny tiny leaf chameleons! »
Oh hey there, little guy, what’s up? I noticed you were recently discovered — along with three other species of tiny chameleons—by scientists in Madagascar. Man, I love science.
You know what else I love? How you’re shaped like E.T. How your juveniles are smaller than the width of a human fingernail. You know what I don’t love? That your continued existence is an extremely delicate situation. So let me introduce you to someone who knows how to navigate the big world in a tiny body. You guys can go hang-gliding together, maybe.
Also: OMFG I’M GOING TO CRAWL OUT OF MY SKIN YOU ARE SO CUTE I AM GOING TO PUT A TINY HAT ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!
More fun with nature vs. nurture: Chimps and stick “dolls!” »
[Photograph by Michael Poliza, National Geographic/Getty Images]
National Geographic has a nice article about little chimps in Uganda and their stick dolls! First they were like, “chimps play with dolls!” but really they are sticks so I didn’t want to get you too excited like they got me excited, EXCEPT that it seems little girl chimps in captivity will choose to play with “feminine” toys like dolls while the boy chimps choose trucks and “masculine” toys. Fascinating!
I love me some monkeys and I know we’re not supposed to anthropomorphize them but omjesus, so adorable! Check it out:
Young females of the Kanyawara chimpanzee community in Kibale National Park, Uganda, use sticks as rudimentary dolls and care for them like the group’s mother chimps tend to their real offspring. The behavior, which was very rarely observed in males, has been witnessed more than a hundred times over 14 years of study….
“Carriers regularly take sticks into the nests they rest in during the day, something that isn’t done with other objects. Individuals are [also] known to play with their sticks while in their nests.”
Adorbs! What they are trying to find out, considering the nature/nurture implications, is whether our toy selection is at all gender-based. Scientists saw this division in toy selection in captive chimps but seeing it in wild chimps tells us even more. Scientist point out that in the wild, chimps would not have seen their parents playing with toys like the sticks so this makes a case for a natural desire in males and females to play with different toys. Fascinating!
A green puppy? A green puppy! “The Hulk” was born from a yellow lab in Brazil. I google translated the article for us!:
One of the pups in a litter of Labrador became Mairinque attraction, 65 km from Sao Paulo. A trainer was astonished by the birth of the puppies, who was born with the green. The female Labrador gave birth in the last 30 days, and the dog, nicknamed The Hulk, was the only one whose had the yellow color of the class.
The coat differentiated according vets, it’s rare. This pigmentation occurs by exposure during pregnancy, of a substance called biliverdin, which is part of the placenta. The report has found the TV on Thursday (9) that the cub had lost the green color and the little dog was now with the white coat.
That should clear things up a bit!
[Photo of Hulk from the article, by Amanda Cóllo]