10 Well-Known Hibernating Animals

Some folks from certain countries are still trudging through deep snow. But some members of Kingdom Animalia have long zoned out – or hibernated – to protect themselves from the harsh climate, scarcity of food, and other risks winter may pose on their survival.

These hibernating animals are characterized by an inactive state wherein they slow down their metabolism and reduce their body temperature to conserve energy and cope during the coldest months. It is the opposite of estivation, which happens during the hottest months. But there are others, however, whose slumber lasts for almost a year.

We arrived at 10 examples of hibernating animals, both true and seasonal ones.  Go ahead and check out our list!

Bat

Bat

Bats are known as one of the animals that hibernate easily but fall into slumber after a long time – 64 to 66 days in the wild; 344 days for some who live in captivity.

Bear

Bear

The bear is known as a light hibernator because it wakes up from time to time to look for food. Sometimes, it leaves its slumber to give birth or care for the cubs.

Bee

Bee

It is only the queen bee that gets to hibernate because males do not fare well during winter, so much so that some of them die once they reach the beginning of this season.

Common Box Turtle

Common Box Turtle

Common box turtles are vulnerable yet fascinating at the same time. They can decrease their heart beat to one count per five to 10 minutes. Timing is a factor for the survival of this species, as awakening too early from hibernation can cause death.

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

You may see the garter snake grouped together with other garter snakes when it hibernates. This is typical of this species as being together helps its members to become warm.

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are deep sleepers, with others lasting throughout the winter season. A drop in body temperature and minimal breathing also characterize them during hibernation. They wake up from time to time, especially when their heart rate accelerates to release more heat, and then return to their slumber.

Raccoon

Raccoon

Raccoons are animals that can be found in many places including backyards, cities, parks, and forests. But they can also be gone to hibernate during the cold months. During this time, they shed half of their normal weight.

Skunk

Skunk

We can compare some hibernating animals to human nappers, such as the skunk. This mammal leaves hibernation mode from time to time to seek for food, and returns to it once it is done stuffing itself.

Snails

Snails

Snails are capable of hibernation and estivation. Before winter, they store up energy in their body through eating and eating. Since they are conscientious creatures, they lay their eggs before they hibernate. The period of deep slumber lasts up to three months.

Woodchuck

Woodchuck

According to the website Animals, the woodchuck is a mammal that is considered to be a true hibernator. It falls into a deep sleep during winter, decreasing its heart rate to four or five counts a minute, from the original 80 counts. Its can reach down to 60 degrees beyond the considered normal body temperature.

Deadly When Dry: 10 Things to Know About Foxtail Plant Awns

The foxtail plant is a common sight in temperate areas of the United States. It can also be found in other parts of the world, such as Vladivostok in Russia. You may spot foxtail grasslands with ease, or miss them altogether. It’s all right. They look harmless anyway.

But walking with your dog in a foxtail-filled zone is a different story. The foxtail plant can pose serious danger to your pet during contact – it can be lethal in some cases. Prevention is definitely better than a costly trip to the vet.

Here are 10 more things to know about this potentially deadly grass.

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There are about 150 species of these ‘weedy grasses’ which can be found in warm areas all over the world. This photo, for example, was taken in Vladivostok. The ones that stick to animals and clothing are called bristly foxtail, and can be distinguished by their ‘barbed bristles’.

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Foxtails are thus named because of the way their stalk looks when a seed forms at its tip – like a fox’s tail. When the seed awns fall, they have a self-cultivating mechanism that allows the seeds to burrow into the ground.

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Foxtail seed awns only fall off when the plant dries out, which happens during summer. The awns are made up of the teeniest barbs, and could attach themselves on animal skin or clothing. There is no stopping them from ‘self-cultivating’ once contact ensues.

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Once the awn comes in contact with your dog skin and does not fall out, it will migrate forward – burrowing into its soft skin or entering through any of its orifices. It will be particularly hard to find if your pet has lots of fur.

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When the foxtail enters the dog’s body, it will keep charging forward. Depending on its entry point, it can go up the brain or into one of the lungs, puncturing the organ and causing abnormal conditions in your pet.

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It is best to stay away from foxtail-filled areas when it is time for these plants to dry up. But in case you found this article because your dog had already run around in one, you can check against some of the symptoms, such as scratching or licking the eyes, ears, or genitals, where the foxtail might have lodged.

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If you notice inflammation or limping, this can also be a sign of foxtails getting caught between the toes of your furry buddy. If you see an awn or more, you can pull them one by one using a tweezer.

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If the foxtails are deeply set into the skin, already causing redness or swelling, that is your cue to take your pet to the vet. Do not attempt to dislodge the awns with a tweezer as this may cause more harm than good.

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Some foxtail embedding may result to excessive sneezing, discharge, blisters, and even death. It is important to be alert when taking your dog outside to the prairie. Prevention is still the best way to keep your pet safe and healthy.

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While not all foxtail trespassing can kill, it can still cause infection that will last a dog’s lifetime. That is, if the vet fails at finding the culprit inside your canine friend’s body.

How Did Ray Charles Go Blind?

Ray Charles was an African American who was famously known for his gift in music. He was the creator of the soul, an African and American type of music. He was known for intelligently combining various kinds of music in all his songs.

Many people are still asking today about how he went blind. Ray Charles began losing his sight when he was only five years old. He even witnessed his younger brother drown in a tub. Sadly, he totally lost his sight when he was 7 years old.

Accordingly, his loss of sight is not traumatic but medical. Medical experts said that glaucoma was the main reason why. However, knowing the economic condition of the family in the 1930’s, no one can really give the exact diagnosis of what really happened.

Ray Charles was an inspiration not only in his generation, but, even today and beyond. Most of us are inspired by his story as his blindness was never a reason for him not to live his life to the fullest.

Here are some interesting facts that you must know about him:

His real name was Ray Charles Robinson, however, he dropped Robinson to differentiate him from boxing champion Ray Robinson. Charles is married to the former Della Altwine, herself a gospel singer, with whom he has three children.

His real name was Ray Charles Robinson

Ray Charles was originally from Albany, Georgia where he was born. His family moved to Florida when he was a child. His parents were Aretha and Bailey Robinson. Tragically, Charles mother died when he was 15 and his father died two year after that.

Ray Charles was originally from Albany

Ray Charles went to a school for the Blind in Florida when he was 7. In Saint Augustine School, he learned how to read using Braille and learned how to play musical instruments.

Ray Charles went to a school for the Blind in Florida when he was 7

When Charles graduated from school, he initially performed country and western music. Later, he sang rhythm-and-blues music.

When Charles graduated from school, he initially performed country and western music

 

Charles talent in combining music styles and his extraordinary way of storytelling made him unique from all artists of all time. One of his most remarkable music was “Georgia on My Mind,” which became the national song of Georgia.

Charles talent in combining music styles and his extraordinary way of storytelling made him unique from all artists of all time

Charles was a highly recognized in the music industry. He is indeed a legend and an exceptional musician in the music world. He brought home 10 Grammy Awards.

Charles was a highly recognized in the music industry

 

In the 1990s, he sang for a Pepsi advertisement which made him a big hit to young people.

In the 1990s, he sang for a Pepsi advertisement which made him a big hit to young people.

In his later years, he was well remembered sharing huge amount of money to fund music scholarships. He was awarded honorary degrees by Morehouse College in Atlanta and Wilberforce University.

In his later years, he was well remembered sharing huge amount of money to fund music scholarships

Charles died on June 10, 2004 at the age of 73 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

Charles died on June 10, 2004 at the age of 73 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A

Arabian Sand Cats Look Like Any Other Cats but These 10 Facts about Them Will Blow Your Mind

Arabian Sand Cats Look Like Any Other Cats but These 10 Facts about Them Will Blow Your Mind

When you see an Arabian sand cat, you might think that it is just like any other domestic cat you’ve already seen. It looks exactly the same. However, as soon as you see it move, you will then realize that it is not your ordinary car. It is a wild cat. These cats grow in the wild. Despite being still cute and cuddly, they have interesting features that you won’t see in any other cats.

It totally changes as soon as it sees a prey.

It totally changes as soon as it sees a prey

When you see your cats at home trying to catch a prey, you might just feel bad. They attempt really hard, but they usually don’t end up getting what they want. This is not the case for sand cats. They are fierce animals. They immediately change as soon as they see their prey. They start to flatten themselves and slink along the sand. When they felt like they are completely invisible, they will attack the prey and devour it just like any other wild animal.

They are not only found in the Arabian Peninsula.

They are not only found in the Arabian Peninsula

Despite earning the name Arabian sand cat, they can be seen outside the Arabian Peninsula. Some of them were spotted in North Africa and Central Asia. They can easily adjust to their environment and survive. At the Al Ain Zoo, UAE, there are 16 males and 15 females sand cats.

Sand cats are very sensitive to sound.

Sand cats are very sensitive to sound

Domestic cats are somewhat sensitive to sound. This is amplified among sand cats. They have large ears that are set low on the side. This makes them very sensitive to any type of sound. This helps them from escaping potential predators. Aside from this quality, they are also amazing when they move. They usually move very light on their feet. It is as if they are flying. They also have the ability to be flat like a cardboard cutout. This makes them somewhat invisible against the sand.

Its scientific name was taken from a French General.

Its scientific name was taken from a French General.

Arabian sand cats have the Latin name, Felis maragarita. This was taken from Jean Auguste Margueritte who was the leader of the expedition at the Sahara in the 1850’s. He was able to capture this type of cat in a desert in between Libya and Algeria.

Sand cats have similarities with domestic cats.

Sand cats have similarities with domestic cats

Looking at its appearance, you can easily mistake sand cats for domestic cats. Aside from their appearance, these cats share some other qualities. For instance, they can purr and meow. They just don’t have the exact purr as domestic cats, and their meow can be very loud when they want to get attention. They are also nocturnal. When it comes to their size, they are general shorter and stockier than domestic cats, but they can easily resemble a younger domestic cat.

These Arabian sand cats are really tough.

These Arabian sand cats are really tough

If you are already amazed with how they can catch their prey, wait until you know about what types of animals they can eat. Their diet includes poisonous snakes such as the horned sand viper. Other animals in their diet are geckos, lizards, mice and sandfish.

They have a unique way of surviving the desert.

They have a unique way of surviving the desert.

In order to survive the harsh weather conditions in the desert, they have to roam around and find food. When they capture a prey, this is where they get the necessary liquid to sustain the heat. They can now endure extreme temperatures. Whether they live in a cold environment of 5 degrees or a very hot environment of up to 58 degrees, it does not really matter to them. They also have thick fur in between their toes. This helps them in avoiding being sore from the scorching heat of the desert sand.

They are now considered as near threatened.

They are now considered as near threatened.

Despite the fact that these Arabian sand cats are tough enough to survive the wild, they are not that strong when human beings enter the picture. When someone tries to hunt them, they start to freeze. They think that in doing so, they become invisible. They fail to realize that they become a much easier target. This paved the way for the International Union for Conservation of Nature to brand them as near threatened animals.

Conservations efforts are now underway.

Conservations efforts are now underway

Given the current threat in the lives of these cats, hunting has been prohibited in some countries like Iran, Algeria, Israel, Mauritania and Tunisia. Sadly, it is not the case for some other countries where no legal protection exists. This includes UAE, Mali, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo also started to reintroduce sand cats in captivity to the wild. The cats that were kept in the acclimatization enclosure were then released to the Arava Desert of Israel, but most of them did not survive. Still, a lot of organizations are working hard to keep these cats protected.

You shouldn’t keep them as pets.

You shouldn’t keep them as pets.

Given the fact that they are now near endangered, you might want to help in saving them by turning them into pets. Well, this should not be done. They do very poorly in environments that are not the same with what they are used to. They can easily acquire respiratory diseases and infections. Even in a more controlled environment such as a zoo, death rates are still high. This is also the reason why they are now being released into the wild in order to survive more.

These Arabian sand cats are indeed unique and truly fantastic. We just hope that they continue to increase in numbers so we can still see them run around the desert and catching their prey for the years to come.

Check These 10 Paw Print Tattoo Ideas You Might Like To Have For Your Next Tat

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Paw print tattoos can be the simplest tattoos out there but they can carry very deep meanings. Some paw print tattoos mean commemorating a pet, power, moving forward and some, to symbolize their children. And although it is very minimalist, when put in the right position in the body, can look very elegant and complimentary to the skin. Here are ten unique tattoos of paw prints you may want to get inspiration from.

Paw Print of a Rabbit

Paw Print of a Rabbit

Rabbits are the symbol of fertility as they are known to reproduce very fast. Hence, this is perfect for the ladies but nonetheless, good for males as well. Some people would get inked with a series of rabbit paws while other would have them together with the rabbit’s head.

Paw Print of a Dog

Paw Print of a Dog

Dogs are indeed the most popular pets in the world and also the most favorite animal paw prints to be inked on the skin. Since dogs often symbolize playfulness, companionship and friendliness, most dog owners feel the need to have their pet’s paws tattooed on their skin. Some tattoos include even the name of their pet and sometimes, even the face or silhouette of their dogs.

Paw Print of a Lion

Paw Print of a Lion

Although lions came from the family of cats, they very much differ especially in size. The same goes when it comes to making their paws tattooed on your skin. People would have this on their skin to show braveness and patience which the lion perfectly symbolizes. If you are thinking of having a lion paw inked on your skin, make sure to include paws just to make sure it does look like a cat’s paw.

Paw Print of a Cat

Paw Print of a Cat

Cats are another animal we commonly see everyday. Some people would pet cats because of their loyalty and charm. Some pet owners would have cat’s paw tattooed on their skin just to show how much they lover their pets. You can very much play around with other distinct cat features such as their whiskers and include it in your tattoo.

Paw Print of a Wolf

Paw Print of a Wolf

Wolves have this reputation of being fearless and strong. That is why it is very common for its paws to be inked on the skin of those people who wanted to show that they have the same character. To be more distinct, most people prefer to include wolf’s claws in their tattoo. One great design having a series of wolf paws around its head.

Paw Print of a Rat

Paw Print of a Rat

Although most people hate rats, there are some people that find rats’ paw print amusing enough to be tattooed on their skin. Rat symbolizes wisdom and this is a great choice if you want to express the same. Since rat’s paws are very small, it can fit anywhere in the body. This is also perfect for those who do not want to flaunt their tattoos.

Paw of a Cheetah

Paw of a Cheetah

Cheetahs symbolize speed, agility and strength. That is why some people have their paws inked on their skin, especially those in the fields of athletics. To add more creativity into the cheetah paw print, some people would add other symbols of speed together with it.

Paw of a Bird

Paw of a Bird

Birds are also one of the most common animals we can see on people’s skin. This is because they symbolize a lot of things such as freedom and journey. Some people would arrange them into a heart while others include the beak with the paw for their tattoo.

Paw Print of a Fox

Paw Print of a Fox

Foxes symbolize strategy, wisdom, cleverness and thinking outside the box. And so if you possess the same abilities then getting a fox paw inked on your skin is definitely a great decision. You may also want to the silhouette of a fox printed underneath a big paw.

Paw Print of a Wolverine

Paw Print of a Wolverine

Not the superhero Wolverine but the real, animal Wolverine. Wolverines are unpredictable, energetic and wild. Also, they symbolize determination and ferocity. This is something that you want to get tattooed on your skin if you want to remind of yourself that you need to possess the same qualities.

The best thing about a paw print tattoo is the fact that it can be inked in almost every part of the body. The common ones include the area near the ear, neck, foot, arm and shoulders. They also perfect for both men and women.

Farro Nutrition Facts

How to Interpret Farro Nutrition Facts 

Not everyone is interested in interpreting their nutrition facts. This only reflects one thing – which not all people are conscious to live healthily. Upon going shopping for example, it is unlikely to see a person looking at nutrition facts. These are found on the label which is printed on black and white all the time. Who would like to look at farro nutrition facts? Even if this is the case, as a buyer, you should not only rely on what you see on the label like no sugar or no cholesterol. The statements may be bold but then, they are being done because of marketing. This has been the aim of every business there is. The mentioned are only designed so that new purchasers will be encouraged.

Actual nutrition facts would be the one responsible in telling how many grams of fat are there in the food one is about to eat. The same is also true with the carbohydrates and the protein present. Usually, these are measured per saving. Using facts in measuring the serving sizes would also be a way to figure out how much calories are intended to be consumed. These calories may be made up of other components. These too are supposed to be checked on. There are vital tips that have to be remembered when it comes to nutrition labels. What are these?

First of all, do not forget that nutrition labels should be taken as criteria in the purchase of product. Spending time for it should not be a question anymore. It has to be checked prior to anything else. Looking and monitoring the serving size should also be information to ponder upon. This will help in deciding as to whether the product is right or not. For instance, it may be a note on a typical bottle. It may be a serving size of a salad. These would all tell what the calories are. Usually, the can be in tablespoons. Using the serving would be a requirement in here though. Determining portion size is also a requirement. If there is a double portion size of it, the calories will be doubled as well. The same is also true with the content of the carbohydrates, the fats which are seen on the food and a lot more.

If it is feasible, do not fail to compare brands too. These may be similar items. These can be brands. These may come off with nutritional value, and more. Serving sizes are meant to be seen whenever purchase is about to take place. This is just too important to miss. It does not matter whether one is purchasing potato chips, or even pretzels. There may always be more than one serving seen in the content. This is not the healthiest option there is. Do something about it.

Daily value is also crucial when it comes to the topic of nutrition facts. These may be found on the panel of the said facts, just on the right side. Check on these religiously!