Melty Stuff

Art Blog


Commission Info

Where Else To Find Me

Posts tagged "animals"







the second pic of the elephant and dog though. holy crap that’s graceful

are these disney movies

(via kecrambles)



nature is rad

That last one…I know I shouldn’t anthropomorphize, but damn, they look like friends.

(via dragondicks)




animals with albinism -

and its opposite - melanism

all these fucking shinies but i still cant get one

(via yellowfur)


The concept of Wild is based on “experiencing new situations” across an open-world that has been described “as big as Europe.” In the game, you can play as a human or any other living creature.


(via koryos)


Images from the production of “World’s Collide” for Panama’s new national natural history and science center, the Bio Museo…..

The exhibit covers the interchange of animal species that occurred between North and South America when the Panamanian land bridge was exposed, joining the two continents.

(via paleoillustration)


"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

- Henry Beston (The Outermost House)

Illustration by Virginia France Sterrett (1900-1931)



“You can see he’s still got his balls,” Rolf said in his singsong way as we walked the two and a half miles around Songsvann, a wooded lake on the west side of Oslo.

Rolf was talking about Ennis, his Airedale terrier who was tearing around off lead.

“Why don’t you neuter him?” I asked with some astonishment.

“In Norway we don’t do that,” Rolf explained. “We also don’t clip their ears or cut their tails. We believe it’s cruelty to animals.”

Not to spay is considered cruel in America but there’s clearly another way to think of it. Could you imagine a time when every American dog owner was so responsible we would not have to submit man’s best friend to a painful operation?

The really interesting thing is that even though dogs aren’t typically fixed in Norway and other Scandinavian countries, there is no overpopulation problem with dogs in those countries. In fact, there are so few dogs needing homes that shelters in Scandinavian countries often have to import dogs from elsewhere in Europe to meet the demand for rescue dogs.

It’s not whether a dog is fixed or not that solves the overpopulation problem but the attitude of the owners and their willingness to take responsibility for their animals. 

(via fuglydog)


Absurd Creature of the Week:

This Marsupial Has Marathon Sex Until It Goes Blind and Drops Dead

by Matt Simon

In the forests of Australia, every year just before spring, there erupts a sexual frenzy unlike any other on Earth. It’s bigger than an ultra-romantic Neil Diamond concert, bigger even than spring break in Cancun. Here a tiny hyperactive marsupial called Antechinus sprints around mating almost non-stop for an exhausting three weeks, with single romps lasting as long as 14 straight hours.

Males relentlessly bound from partner to partner, as massive hormone releases in their bodies cause their immune systems to crash and their fur to fall out. They bleed internally. Some males even go blind, yet still stumble around the leaf litter hoping for one last tryst. In a few short weeks, every single male lies dead, leaving the females to raise their offspring. And so it seems that in perpetually dangerous Australia, even the sex can kill you…

(read more: Wired Science)

photos: Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum

(via koryos)


Brain size matters when it comes to animal self-control

Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals and birds ranging from orangutans to zebra finches.

Scientists at Duke University, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Yale and more than two-dozen other research institutions collaborated on this first large-scale investigation into the evolution of self-control, defined in the study as the ability to inhibit powerful but ultimately counter-productive behavior. They found that the species with the largest brain volume — not volume relative to body size — showed superior cognitive powers in a series of food-foraging experiments.

Moreover, animals with the most varied diets showed the most self-restraint, according to the study published April 21 in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"The study levels the playing field on the question of animal intelligence," said UC Berkeley psychologist Lucia Jacobs, a co-author of this study and of its precursor, a 2012 paper in the journal, Animal Cognition.

This latest study was led by evolutionary anthropologists Evan MacLean, Brian Hare and Charles Nunn of Duke University. The findings challenge prevailing assumptions that “relative” brain size is a more accurate predictor of intelligence than “absolute” brain size. One possibility, they posited, is that “as brains get larger, the total number of neurons increases and brains tend to become more modularized, perhaps facilitating the evolution of new cognitive networks.”

While participating researchers all performed the same series of experiments, they did so on their own turf and on their own animal subjects. Data was provided on bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, olive baboons, stump-tailed macaques, golden snub-nosed monkeys, brown, red-bellied and aye-aye lemurs, coyotes, dogs, gray wolves, Asian elephants, domestic pigeons, orange-winged amazons, Eurasian jays, western scrub jay, zebra finches and swamp sparrows. (continue reading)

Journal Reference:
E. L. MacLean, B. Hare, C. L. Nunn, E. Addessi, et al. The evolution of self-control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014; DOI:
10.1073/pnas.1323533111 (x)

*** Check out the squirrel self-control task (failure) and multi-species self-control task videos! ***

Note: I know the above gif is nut cracking and not temper tantrum (frustrated display) behavior, but it’s the only gif that worked. 

(via koryos)


Los Angeles Zoo Is ‘Takin’ with Newborn Calf

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has announced the birth of a healthy Takin! She was born on February 12 and can now be seen on exhibit.

Learn more at Zooborns!