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A veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan.
Domesticated pigs have smaller brains than wild boars. Lab rats have smaller brains than wild rats. Dog brains are smaller than wolf brains. Same for domesticated ducks, domesticated geese, domesticated horses…
If only, instead of that noisy, bawling, crying little person, you could have produced an antelope baby.

staceythinx:

These fun illustrations by Norbert Mayer celebrate animals that have traveled in space.

(via lustik)

Speaking of speedy reindeer, check out Atlas Obscura’s fascinating feature on the little-known (to me, anyway) sport of reindeer racing.

rhamphotheca:

For World’s Oddest-Looking Antelope, Signs of a Comeback

Thanks to conservation, the saiga antelope returns to Kazakhstan’s steppes.

by David Stern

With its tubular, bulbous nose, it may look like a character from a Dr. Seuss book or the bar scene in Star Wars.

But don’t be fooled by its droll appearance: The saiga antelope is one of the animal world’s great survivors.

Saiga (Saiga tatarica) are about the size of a small goat—males weigh on average 90 pounds (41 kilograms) and females around 60 pounds (27 kilograms)—and live in the steppes, the arid grasslands that encompass parts of Eastern Europe and most of Central Asia.

Saigas, an endangered antelope species, are returning to Kazakhstani wildlife, thanks to conservation efforts…

(read more: National Geographic)

photos by Klaus Nigge

Yeah! You can do it, bonkers-looking antelope!

lauren:

Today’s Arctic fox and her kits. (!!!)

Just a little more adorable arctic animal action.  I promise to find something substantive and non-fur-covered to post soon.

Lauren Farmer’s photos of the arctic. You need this in your life.

The Guardian has a pretty fantastic slideshow up right now:

"Every year the height and weight of the more than 16,000 animals in London zoo are recorded and collated in the Zoological Information Management System"

Click through for owls, camels and a frog in a bowl.