Thursday, November 29, 2012
India, c. 1865
In Nineteenth Century India, a tiger’s claws were considered to be powerful charms against evil. They were frequently used as amulets. Visitors to India, especially the British, found this custom charming and started to bring tiger claw amulets back to Britain as souvenirs. By the middle of the century, with a growing market, makers of tiger claw charms branched out into more elaborate pieces such as this one.
It was clearly made for the British market. The design is very similar to the shape and form of European jewelry. This particular necklace was exhibited at the Paris International Exhibition in 1867. Ten tiger claws of graded size have been set in engraved gold. The claws are linked by chains and the whole piece hangs from a gold snake.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Made of jasper, gold and agate, this woven necklace boasts a Milanese chain of hollow eliptical sections and three carved hard stone pendants. A gold frog, in relied, adorns the box clasp.
The piece was made in Italy in the late Nineteenth Century by Giacinto Melillo who was known for his jewels made on ancient designs.
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Zeke the baby Variable Flying Fox was born recently at Lubee Bat Conservancy.
Bats make up one fifth of all mammals (1,116 species). They are among the most endangered of the world's creatures, primarily because much of their habitat has been eliminated by human encroachment or because they are over hunted for food or persecuted as pests or disease carriers. Their loss has serious consequences for the ecosystems to which they belong because bats are important seed dispersers and pollinators for many native flowering plants, and key insect predators globally.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Cute and easy idea from More Style than Cash for a table decoration:
Can you imagine one of these kitties at each place setting for Thanksgiving dinner? The citrus-y scent they would give to the table would be wonderful.
They would also be cute for kid's parties - and your guests can eat the decorations!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
One of the ugliest animals ever, Anglerfish look really pissed off all the time (maybe it’s because they live in the dark at the lonely bottom of the sea). Their heads are enormous, with teeth that are sharp and translucent.
The female sports a piece of dorsal spine that sprouts out of their head above her mouth like a fishing pole. The tip is luminous and attracts bait.
The male is way smaller by comparison and has no need for the “fishing rod.” With his sharp teeth he latches onto the female and fuses with her. He connects to her skin and bloodstream and loses his eyes and all his internal organs except his testes. Ew, that’s a lot to lose for love.
We just found a wonderful blog, The Featured Creature, which aims to introduce us to some of the wildly wonderful creatures that you probably never
even knew existed. There are over 30 million species on our planet, why
not get to know them all?
A recent post showcases the incredible Leaf Beetle (Calligrapha amator).
There are many, many entries, so be warned, you can get lost here for hours.
Photo: Caterpillar hunter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Make your own zoo! Put together a Madagascar type adventure. Relive a trip to the zoo. Collect your favorite animals.
These finger puppets are made with a wool blend felt. Everything is hand stitched. They are all about 3" tall by 1 1/2" wide.
Buy them at etsy.
Monday, November 12, 2012
It was manufactured by the German toy manufacturer, Schuco in 1935.
He now lives at The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Just one of the items available in the Furever Dachshund Rescue Auction starting Monday, November 12th.
Please preview their items right now!
They also need donations still.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The bird was found when David Martin in Bletchingly, Surrey, was renovating his fireplace.
Martin told the BBC that he began “pulling it down, pulling it down…then the pigeon bones began appearing one by one by one. Down came the leg with the red capsule on with a message inside.”
More than 250,000 carrier pigeons were used in World War II. They were called the National Pigeon Service and were relied on heavily to transport secret messages.
Government code breakers are working to read the message found in Martin’s chimney.