Kaiser Newt

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This salamander is considered critically endangered because it lives in only four streams in the southern Zagros Mountains of Iran.

An interesting thing about this listing is that, like some critically endangered species, it thrives in captivity and there are a number of these guys in private hands. Even though they breed well in captivity, they should still be considered critically endangered because the genetic distribution of the captive population may not be as robust as that in the wild, and counting species health based solely on numbers can not be considered indicative of viability.

Capuchin Bird

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The sign by this guy said that their call sounded like a cow mooing. I thought “that’s odd”, and then thought no more of it until a kid wandered up and started mooing at the bird. Not much later, the entire flock was at the front of the cage looking at her and, eventually, mooing back.

So there. If you ever need a capuchin bird, stand outside and moo for a while.

Andean Cock of the Rock

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About the Andean cock of the rock, Wikipedia states “The nests are often constructed from the saliva of the females mixed in with vegetable matter and mud.”

“often”

This means that nests could also be otherwise constructed. Maybe sometimes it’s not mud. Glue could work well. Maybe sometimes it’s not vegetable matter. They’re on record as occasionally eating reptiles, so maybe sometimes it’s meat. Maybe they just super glue a bunch of snakes together and lay their eggs in that.

So many possibilities.

Cab

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Earlier this year, the Red River Zoo put a combine cab in their ag barn. I didn’t get it at first, but *wow* was it popular. Later in the summer, I set up a little GoPro to take photos of the kids playing in it. I won’t bore you with the hundred or so photos I got of them, but I quite like this one.

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