Monday, 16 January 2017

Tiger cub playing with a house cat!

Here's a cute unlikely friendship that will make up your day:

Here's the caption of the video if you want to learn more about the story behind these two animals:

 "THIS IS NOT AT MY HOUSE AND I DO NOT OWN EITHER ANIMAL. THIS FOOTAGE WAS TAKEN AT AN ANIMAL RESERVE. NEITHER ANIMAL WAS HARMED. The tiger cub and house cat live together and from what I was told play together on a regular basis. Just so you know, the house cat can come and go as he pleases from the area where the tiger cub is kept. While I was there I saw that cat come and play with the cub several times, never at any time was the cat forced to play. The house cat has been around many tiger and lion cubs at the reserve throughout the years."

Friday, 13 January 2017

Phrynocephalus mystaceus: World's Weirdest Lizard?

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Phrynocephalus
Species: Phrynocephalus mystaceus
Conservation Status: Not yet assessed
Common Name: Secret Toad-headed Agama

This is definitely one of the weirdest looking lizards that have been featured on the site. At first, it looks pretty normal..And then it opens its mouth!

Scientifically described as Phrynocephalus mystaceus, this agamid lizard can be found in Iran, North Afghanistan, Eastern Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and possibly in south of Astrakhan Oblast. With the tail straightened, adults can reach a length of up to 9,44 inches (24 cm).

Commonly known as the secret toadhead agama, the species is best known for its secret red oral display frill that unfolds when the creature is frightened by predators(hence the name). The creature will also hiss and show its teeth to deter its enemies. Well, I would probably be disgusted and leave it alone but I guess it works the same :)

Here's a video of this amazing creature, jump to 0:19 if you are impatient!

Habitat of Phrynocephalus mystaceus (orange)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Kitten Gets Into Owner's Mouth

Hey, what's there? Let me explore that cave in your mouth . Why won't you let me :( ! 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Man Punches Kangaroo To Save His Dog (Video)

Well, this man will have a great story to tell to his grandchildren about how he punched a kangaroo right in the face to save his dog:

No kangaroos were harmed in the making of this video

Here the backstory of the video, taken straight from the caption:

"A group of hunters got together to help a young cancer sufferer (terminal diagnosis) with his last wish of catching a 100 kg (220 pound) wild boar with his dogs. One day while hunting one of the highly trained dogs was chasing some pigs by scent and collided with a big buck kangaroo that then held and wrestled the dog by its protective gear (boars have tusks like knives), the owner was horrified that his dog or the kangaroo would get hurt and run in to save both parties. You can see the dog trying to escape, wanting nothing to do with the kangaroo. The big buck kangaroo releases the dog when the owner gets close but then moves in to try and attack the human. A kangaroo kick to the guts could easily disembowel the owner easily, so he backs off a couple of times giving the kangaroo some space but he eventually changes the roo's mind with a punch to the snout, as it kept coming forward. The punch stops the roo and makes him think about the situation, giving the owner and the dog time to disengage from the big wild animal and leaving it to hop off and I suppose wonder about what just happened. We laughed at the absurdity of the situation and at how unfortunate it was for the dog and kangaroo. Our 6 foot 7 inch friend felt no malice to the kangaroo but had to step in and fix a bad situation before it got worse. Young Kailem unfortunately lost his brave battle with cancer two days ago, so this hunt is part of the treasured memories his family and friends have. Having a dog get tangled up with a roo was never our aim or intention and we were happy no animals were hurt in the incident."

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Feathered Stars (Amazing Videos)

The amazing creature you are about to see is commonly known as "feathered starfish":

Feathered starfishes are not true starfishes. They are crinoids and are marine animals that make up the class Crinoidea of the echinoderms (phylum Echinodermata). Their name comes from the Greek word krinon, "a lily", and eidos, "form".These bizarre creatures live both in shallow water and in depths as great as 9,000 meters (30,000 ft). Some of those crinoids spend their adult life attached to the sea bottom by a stalk. These crinoids are called sea lilies.

The unstalked species (like the one in the video) are called feather starfishes or just feathered stars. Here's another video showing one:

Photo by Image by Jules Nene

Monday, 28 November 2016

New Groin Flashing Frog Discovered

Researchers recently announced the discovery of a frog whose groin flashes orange to scare away predators! The species was discovered in Australia.

When biologist Simon Clulow spotted a frog with an unusual marble pattern on its belly, he knew it could be a new species. If that turned to be true, it would be very surprising as the sighting took place on land close to an airport and not some remote area.

"Nowadays many new discoveries are based primarily on genetics, that is, the frogs look similar to other known species but when we analyse them in the lab we find they differ genetically. It's almost unheard-of to pick up a vertebrate in the field and know instantly, based on appearance alone, that it is a new species." said Clulow, of the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Uperoleia mahonyi: Groin flasing toad!
Uperoleia mahonyi

The species, found at Oyster Cove near Newcastle Airport in New South Wales, has been scientifically described as Uperoleia mahonyi, or "Mahony's Toadlet" in common language. The species was named after Professor Michael Mahony, frog expert, conservationist and Clulow's mentor, Although a frog rather than a toad, the word "toadlet" was added because the glands on its back look similar to those found on some toads in Europe and the Americas.

"They are highly secretive. Individuals remain well camouflaged and hidden under grass, leaves and sand," Clulow said, adding that the best way to find one is by following their mating call, an audible "squelch" that lasts less than a second.

When confronted by predators, the frog extends its legs and flashes its orange groin. Clulow believes this startles predators, winning the frog some time to escape.

 Although the species is superficially similar to other Uperoleia in the area, it is still morphologically very different than any other species in the area it was discovered. The researchers behind the discovery noted that any thorough inspection of the animal by an experienced amphibian ecologist should have identified it as novel. According to them, other people have probably seen the species in the past, yet they simply failed to identify it as an undescribed species!

- CLULOW, S., ANSTIS, M., KEOGH, J., & CATULLO, R. (2016). A new species of Australian frog (Myobatrachidae: Uperoleia) from the New South Wales mid-north coast sandplains Zootaxa, 4184 (2) DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4184.2.3

Dynotag Smart Pet Tag Review

review of the gps enabled dynotags pet tags
Product Name: Dynotag Pet Tags
Shipment: Worldwide
Summary: Dynotag is a fancy QR & NFC enabled pet tag that instrantly alarms you when somebody finds your dog or cat
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)
Where to Buy: Best price on Amazon

My Review
A few months ago I bought two Dynotags for my beloved pets, a German shepherd and a cat. It's not like I really needed them or something but when I saw this product on youtube I was like.. God, I need to buy one!

I just loved the idea of someone scanning my dog's tag and me getting an instant email with the location of my dog! FYI, there are many variants of the DynoTag, I got the one that is only QR enabled. There is also this version that supports NFC too.

So, here are my thoughts about this little gadget:

What I Liked
  • Quality/Durability: The tags are made of steel and appear and feel very durable. My pets wear them almost 4 months now and they look as good as new. Both my pets are fairly active, although not the "crazy" type of active.
  • Easy to use: The tag is very easy to set up and works exactly as it is supposed to. I have scanned it with my phone numerous times and the page with all the information pops right up every time. The page is very easy to update if you change address, telephone number or decide to add something new.
  • Silent: They are much quieter than other metal tags I had in the past
  • Fast Alerts: Anytime the QR is scanned you almost instantly receive an email telling you that someone has viewed the tag and you also get the location where the scanning occurred.

labrador wearing a green dyno pet tag
Dog wearing a dynotag
(Not Mine)

What I didn't like
  • Design: Regrettably, the NFC enabled tag is bulkier and not as cute as the one that only has GPS enabled. I think this is because of the antenna inside the tag. This is the main reason I decided to buy the QR-only version. I wish the company made a cute NFC version too :(

Where to buy
To my knowledge, the cheapest place to get Dynotags is Amazon. Click here to see all the different designs and to view prices. 

So this is pretty much my review of the dynotag pet tags. Yeah, I know it's short but I can't think of something else to say!. If you want to ask me something just leave a comment!

I have included some more information down below about dynotags and how they work in case you want to know more before buying one.

What is Dynotag and how does it work?
Dynotag is a fancy pet tag for dogs, cats and other pets that can you give some extra peace of mind if you are too worried of losing your little buddy. Each tag features a QR (Quick Response) barcode that is displayed on the tag. You can add as much information as you like including a contact number, pet name, address, vaccination information etc. This is their main advantage to engraved dog tags which only have a very limited space for vital information  If someone happens to scan the QR or uses the NFC he will view all that stored information and you will be notified about your pet's location.

How to set it up?
You first have to register the tag on the company's website. You can add pretty much everything you can come up with including:
  • Pet name
  • Medical Histyry (vaccines, serious conditions that need special care, injuries etc) 
  • Your vet’s contact details 
  • Favourite food (of your pet, not you!) 
  • Rewards for returning your pet

Once you are finished with the information the tag is activated and is ready for use. Just attach it to your dog, cat or whatever and that's it!

Pros And Cons
Here is a list of what I think are the main advantages of Dynotags:
  • Relatively cheap
  • Good build quality
  • No subscription fees
  • You can add as much information about your pet as you like and you can update it as many times as you want
  • Automatic email notification when the tag gets scanned

As for disadvantages I can't really come up with something. The device works exactly as described. Still, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind:
  • This is a passive GPS pet tracker. This means that it can't be used to track your pet on demand. You only get to know where your pet was when the tag was last scanned! 
  • Obviously, the QR Code requires a suitable device to be scanned. Most modern mobile phones are capable of this
  • GPS Location data might be incorrect if the person who scanned the tag does not have the "share my location" feature on! In this case, you will get coordinates based on their IP address which often is quite inaccurate

Dynotags offers many different designs to suit your needs better:

1) Deluxe Steel Pet Tag with Protective Coating and Ring: This is their most popular, top selling product. It's made of tough steel with a protective coating that also reduces the noise most metal tags make. They come with a stainless split ring to hang on the existing collar.

photos of the steel dynotags

2) Deluxe Steel Brightly Colored Fun Pet Tags with Protective Coating and Ring: These are the ones I got. Essentially the same product, with a much cuter design. They come in four playful colors, red, purple blue and green:

deluxe dynotags come in 4 colors

3) NFC Enabled Pet Tag: Similar in appearance to the steel tags. They have the exact same features with the addition of an NFC chip. They are manufactured on a PVC core and they are not as tough as the other two, making them more suitable for smaller and less active animals.

photo of the nfc enabled dynotag

4) Synthetic Tags: These are perfect for cats and small dogs. Made of thin yet tough and lightweight material. Not as resilient as the other designs, so avoid them if your pet is very energetic and active.

photo of a cat and a dog wearing the synthetic dynotag

5) Stainless Steel Slider Pet Tags: Slidertags using the same QR principle, made of stainless steel with a protective coating. You just slide them on the existing collar of your dog. A very good option for larger or very active pets. You have two options here: 
  • Closed Slot slidertags: For ultimate security on your existing pet collar. They can't be chewed or scratched off and become an integral part of the collar. They require an existing collar without attachments or rivets that would prevent them from sliding.
  • Open Slot slider tag: Perfect for maximum convenience in attaching to existing collars.
photos of the slider QR dynotags

Some Closing Thoughts
The Dynotag© Smart Tag is a nice little gadget that does exactly what it promises. I think it's a nice gift for people worried of losing their pets or for geeky pet owners. Finally, I want to mention that this is not a sponsored post or a paid ad or something! I genuinely own and enjoy using this product. However, I am using the amazon affiliate program so I make a very small commission (about 6%) if you decide to buy the product using the links on this site. This comes at no cost at you and it helps support the site :) Just open amazon directly and search for the product manually if you don't want to give us credit.

Have you tried Dynotags yourself? Feel free to share your review or experience in the comments down below!