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Nov 25 2016

Animal of the week: A of Armadillo

Scientific name: Dasypodidae
Lifespan: Nine-banded armadillo: 12 – 15 years
Height: Nine-banded armadillo: 5.9 – 9.8 in.
Higher classification: Cingulata
Rank: Family
Mass: Giant armadillo: 62 – 71 lbs, Nine-banded armadillo: 5.5 – 14 lbs 
Grubs basic diet. Most armadillo species forage in the early morning and evening hours for a variety of invertebrates and insects, including beetles, grubs, and worms. Because, like many burrowing animals, armadillos tend to have extremely poor eyesight, their hunting skills rely on their abilities to smell their food.
Two species, the northern naked-tailed armadillo and nine-banded armadillo, are found in Central America; the latter has also reached the United States, primarily in the south-central states (notably Texas), but with a range that extends as far east as South Carolina and Florida.
In fact, only the three-banded armadillo can, curling its head and back feet and contorting its shell into a hard ball that confounds would-be predators. Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts
Sep 05 2016

Animal of the week: Antelope

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Antelope are herbivores, which means they eat only plants.  Although there is 1 odd exception: some duiker species have been known to kill and eat insects, small mammals, and birds. The majority of antelope tend to be content to munch on bushes and smaller trees or graze on grass.

All antelope have horns; in some species they are only found on the males, whereas in others, such as gazelles, both males and females have them. The horns are made of a bony core encased in a hard material made largely of keratin (the same substance our fingernails are made of!).

Antelopes are in the family Bovidae.  A group of antelope is called a herd. Both the male and female antelope have horns, but those of males tend to be larger.

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Sep 02 2016

The Chocolate Moose in Maine

This is the chocolate moose in Maine. Her name is Lenny. The chocolate moose is life size. The chocolate moose weighs 1700 pounds of milk chocolate.

Aug 29 2016

Animal of the week: A of Alpaca

Alpaca

Scienntific name: Vicugna pacos

Average Height: 2.7 – 3.2 ft. (Adult, At the withers)

Average Weight: 110 – 190 lbs (Adult)

Today we are learning about the alpaca which has been tamed and would be considered a farm animal in many areas.  An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) first came from South American.

The alpaca has long hair and is a mammal.  It is related to and looks like a llama.  It is used mostly for its wool.   There are two types of alpaca – the Surialpaca and the Huacaya alpaca

Occasionally you will find an alpaca in a zoo or on a farm.  They are fun to watch and touch

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Aug 22 2016

Animal Jokes: At Home Part 2

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What kind of cat hangs around a bowling alley? 

An alley cat!

Why does a dog wag its tail?

Because no one else will wag for him!

What is a good way to keep a dog off the street?

Put him in a barking lot!

Veterinarian: “Has your dog had fleas?”

Susan: “No, only puppies”

Chris: “My cat is sick, so we’er taking her to the animal doctor.”

Alan: ” I thought all doctors were people.”

What is a fighter’s favorite dog?

A boxer!

David: “We have a new dog.”

Gail: ” What is he like?”

David: “Anything we feed him.”

What do dogs and trees have in common?

Their bark!

Lupita: “How much are the kittens in the window?

Pet Store Owner: “Thirty dollars apiece.”

Lupita: “How much is a whole one?”

What kind of dog can you found at the bowling alley?

A setter

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