The finalists of the UK's International Garden Photographer of the Year award have just been announced. Garden tiger moth close-up by Paul Keene This picture of a garden tiger moth (Arctia caja) was taken in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The caterpillars of this moth feed on nettles, so if you want these moths to be a feature in your garden, then keep a rough, uncultivated patch (via Look at This)
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Displayed for the first time in a specially constructed studio in South Carolina, The Four Faces of the Bengal Tiger show the four varieties of Bengal tiger. "There are only four distinct types of Bengal tiger in the world and they are all in this amazing photo shoot," says Dr Bhagavan Antle of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S), who brought these majestic animals to the studio. Dr Antle believes the images give away the characteristics of behaviour, age and personality of each tiger. "Like human photographs, you can see the difference in their age as some of them look a little more grizzled and haggard than others." See all 18 photos Photograph: Barry Bland/Barcroft Media
Monday, April 27, 2009
Hundreds of years ago cats were put into walls to ward-off "bad luck". A 400-year-old mummified cat has been found in the walls of a house that was being renovated in Devon. The remains of the creature were found in one of the bathrooms at the house in Ugborough. The owner of the house said the cat would be put back where it was found when the renovation is completed. Source
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Now, at a time when much of the auto industry is going to the dogs, Honda is actively chasing dogs. The company has designed a Dog Friendly version of its Element, a vehicle that was shown at this month's New York Auto Show. Honda says the vehicle will go on sale this fall. The special package likely will contain:
- A cushioned pet bed in the cargo area on an elevated platform.
- An extendable loading ramp. (Did you ever try and lift a Shepherd into an SUV?)
- A 12-volt rear ventilation fan.
- Second row seat covers in a dog-pattern that matches the pet bed fabric.
- A spill-resistant bowl and all-season rubber mats with a bone pattern.
- Special Edition emblems.
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Luxurious triple-milled couture soap sets an elegant tone in your home or in the home of a lucky giftee! Soaps are beautifully rendered to look just like the breed you love, right down to the finest detail, and distinctively fragranced. Mild, pure, vegetable-based soap. Each arrives in an ornately patterned box with ribbon. Made in USA. $12.99 at In The Company of Dogs (via The Long and Short of it All)
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If you want to stand out on your wedding day, this dress made up of 2009 peacock feathers could be just the ticket. The $1.5million creation was made at a wedding dress factory and took eight workers 40 days to sew together. An average male peacock sheds around 200 feathers during his annual moult – meaning the makers would have had to have harvested the feathers from more than ten birds over the course of a year. Source
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A polar bear attacked a woman at Berlin Zoo Friday afternoon after she climbed a fence and jumped into its habitat during feeding time. The woman was severely injured and was being treated at a hospital. It's unclear why the woman entered the bear habitat, but police issued her a citation for trespassing. Source (via Blame it on the Voices)
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The identity of the first puppy leaked out Saturday. The little guy is a six-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Malia and Sasha named it Bo. Source