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Critters! And More Critters!

Updated on August 21, 2013
Big Jackrabbit
Big Jackrabbit | Source

Yep! That's a big jackrabbit, all right! You'll find him sprawled in the dappled shade of a pedestrian plaza in Tempe, AZ, along with several of his friends. (Climbing aboard, though, is frowned upon.) And, yes, those ears will likely tower over your head.

Three Extinct Birds (Skeletons)
Three Extinct Birds (Skeletons) | Source

Here are three flightless birds (or rather the representative skeletons of those three flightless birds) that you are never likely to meet: the towering moa, the mid-size great auk, and the smaller dodo. Lacking flight, these criiters could not avoid their greatest predator: man.

Some backyard Canadian geese
Some backyard Canadian geese | Source

And yet here are birds you are ever so likely to encounter: Canada geese, prevalent throughout North America, grazing in a suburban back yard.

Fan coral
Fan coral | Source

You might not realize that corals are living creatures — well, more precisely: vast colonies of living creatures. Coral polyps group together in symbiosis with certain algae, and deposit chemicals to create their ornate 'highrises'. Every species of coral polyp ends up creating its own distinctive style of home.

Dragon (during takeoff)
Dragon (during takeoff) | Source

This mythical creature, captured in bronze, appears to alight from a gatepost in Cambridge, MA.

Zoo attraction
Zoo attraction | Source

These long-lived favorites of circuses everywhere communicate in the wild with rumblings so low they cannot be perceived by humans, yet travel far through the earth.

Flamingo munching
Flamingo munching | Source

The pink hues of the flamingo result from the pigments of ingested crustaceans. The more plentiful the shrimp, the more vibrant the color!

Quite the reach
Quite the reach | Source

Though giraffes are known for their long tongue and legs and neck, it might surprise you to know that a giraffe has no more neck vertebrae than you do.

Hammerhead approaches!
Hammerhead approaches! | Source

In this view, you can see the distinctively intimidating fin forms of this large predator. This guy must've wandered a bit too close to Woods Hole, MA, where he now occupies a key display position in the Oceanographic Institute.

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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      The great Cleveland Zoo has always been one of our family's best outings (I also redesigned the Zoo as my senior thesis project in architecture).

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      GlstngRosePetals 

      5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I love going to the zoo thank you for sharing the zoo with us. Voted up!

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