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This site is about the various animals in the world.

This bridge is on the Old Donner Pass Highway.

It has a spectacular view of Donner Lake and Donner Pass on Route 80.
A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Highway 40 at Donner Summit)

Truckee) on Saturday and two cars also crossing the bridge scared the bear  into jumping over the edge of the bridge. Somehow the bear caught the ledge .

bear 1 bridge hang

Unbelievable – It  pulled itself to safety. Authorities decided
that nothing could be done to help Saturday night so they returned on Sunday  morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.

bear 2 nap

After securing a net under the bridge the bear was tranquilized, fell into the net, lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.

bear 3 net

bear 4 into net

bear5 pulled up

bear 6 safe

There is a moral to this story you know.

This old bear made a wrong move and found he was hanging by his nails.

Somehow he was able to pull himself up onto the ledge where he saw he was in a very bad, impossible  situation and what did he do?

Yep, he took a nap and sure enough the situation took care of itself while he was asleep.

The moral is that when confronted with a bad situation sometimes the best solution is . . .
take a nap ...


polar bear

The Polar Mom:

Female Polar bears are known for their affection towards their cubs and the cubs get the best protection from their moms.

The cubs are nursed for two and half years. After that they are left on their own where the siblings stay and travel together to share food for weeks and months.


The pregnant mother  bear digs a den that has a narrow entrance and leads into 1 -2-3 chamber/s.  The maternity dens are usually situated on land, a few kilometers away from the coast or on sea ice. Once she enters the den the mother bear gets into a long sleep called hibernation. Then around November or February the cubs are born. The family remains in the den until mid-Feb  to mid-April. The mother continues to feed the cubs on milk rich in fat. When it’s time to go outside into the big wide world the Polar mom breaks open the entrance and the cubs , weighing around 10-15 Kgs., come out with her.


Breaking the fast:

The mother feeds on vegetation while the cubs walk around and play. They live close to the den for 10-15 days and then a long walk begins from the den to the sea. Here the Polar mom hunts for seals because she may have fasted for eight months.



Polar bears are regarded as marine animals and are found throughout the arctic ocean and nearby seas. They are carnivores by nature. Polar bears frequent places where sea ice meets water to hunt seals that make up most of their diet. They drift on sea ice and have been spotted as far as Norway and the sea of Orhotsk.

Their numbers are registered around 2000-25000 world wide.

The European Bison or Wisent:


Imagine the adrenaline of the moment.

This powerful animal charges towards you at a speed of 64 kms per hour with a ramming force of 900 Kgs behind it.

Pound to pound we’re no match for it.

This beautiful animal largely roamed the forest grass lands and water dwellings across Europe.

In 1919 they were declared extinct and their numbers shrunk to just 12. Their extinction largely increased during World War I when the occupying German soldiers killed 600 beasts for meat, hide and horns. This was brought to notice by a German scientist who  feared the end of the species.

Thanks to protective measures today there are 3000 European Bisons where half of them roam freely while the other half are captive.

Fights between the Bisons are rare but when they do happen they are between rivals for mating reasons. The battles are awesome and the brawniest of the animals win the mating rights where the  season is from August to November.

These wild and beautiful beasts have  no predators except for humans.

They are still considered an endangered species.




Formally Mammalia:  They are vertebrate animals whose name is derived from their distinctive feature, mammary glands, with which they feed their young. They are also characterized by the possession of sweat glands, hair, three middle ear bones used in hearing, and a neocortex region in the brain.

Except for the five species of monotremes (which lay eggs), all mammals give birth to live young. Most mammals also possess specialized teeth. There are approximately 5,400 species of mammals, distributed in about 1,200 genera, 153 families, and 29 orders[1] (though this varies by classification scheme). Mammals range in size from the 30–40-millimetre (1.2–1.6 in) Bumblebee Bat to the 33-metre (110 ft) Blue Whale.

The mammalian line of descent diverged from the reptile line at the end of the line. The majority of reptiles would evolve into modern-day reptiles and birds, while the synapsid branch led to mammals.

Post 1: 1/ 5/ 09 Friday:


  1. The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term “swine flu” to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.

    WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term “swine flu” was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

    “Rather than calling this swine flu … we’re going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A,” Thompson said.

    The swine flu virus originated in pigs, and has genes from human, bird and pig viruses. Scientists don’t know exactly how it jumped to humans. In the current outbreak, WHO says the virus is being spread from human to human, not from contact with infected pigs.

    Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government decree.

    In Paris, the World Organization for Animal Health said Thursday “there is no evidence of infection in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs.”

    Killing pigs “will not help to guard against public or animal health risks” presented by the virus and “is inappropriate,” the group said in a statement.

    China, Russia, Ukraine and other nations have banned pork exports from Mexico and parts of the United States, blaming swine flu fears.

    Most in the Muslim world consider pigs unclean animals and do not eat pork because of religious restrictions. The farmers in Egypt raise the pigs for consumption by the country’s Christian minority.

    WHO also reported the number of confirmed swine flu cases rose to 257 worldwide Thursday, with cases in Mexico rising to 97 from 26, with seven deaths. The WHO confirmed tally from the United States now stands at 109, with one death.

    Other confirmed cases include 34 in Canada, 13 in Spain, eight in Britain, three each in Germany and New Zealand, two in Israel and one each in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

    WHO raised the pandemic flu alert to phase 5 on Wednesday, one step away from the highest level indicating a global outbreak. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said Thursday there were no indications in the past day that would prompt the U.N. body to raise the alert further.

    To move from pandemic alert level 5 to level 6 means that WHO believes there is evidence of big outbreaks in at least two world regions and a pandemic is under way.

    Fukuda said the jump in confirmed cases from Mexico was probably the result of scientists working their way through a backlog of untested samples from suspected cases.

    “They are going through several thousands of laboratory specimens right now,” he said.

    WHO has started distributing its stockpile of 2 million treatments of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to regional offices, which will decide where to send them next.

    Many of those drugs will go to developing countries that don’t have stockpiles of their own and some will be sent to Mexico, Fukuda said, without providing figures.

The crocodile :

It’s a jaw crunching machine with a force of 700 pounds per square inch. But it has a purpose in life and we’ve got to let them live as long as they don’t come in our way and we’ve got to keep out of their way.

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The same power jawed croc is absolutely gentle when it holds her eggs and baby-crocs in her jaws. Nature’s moms are as wonderful as human moms.