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Weekly Story: On the French Island of Corsica, the ‘Cat-Fox’ found recently may be a new species

Recently, a mammal with stripes on the front legs, and dark stripes on the back legs was spotted on the French Island of Corsica. It resembled a domestic cat in some ways, like it’s wide ears, short whiskers, and developed canine teeth. What makes this possibly new species interesting is it’s dense, silky coat, repellent to fleas, lice and even ticks.

You might be thinking about why it’s referred to as a ‘Cat-Fox’. It has the fox after cat in it’s temporary name because of their size in contrast to a foxes size is very similar. The Cat-Fox name is also used because of it’s large bushy tail, just like a foxes’. Pierce Benedetti, chief environmental technician of the National Hunting and Wildlife Office stated,”We believe that it’s a wild natural species which was known but not scientifically identified because it’s an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits.” To sum it up, this interesting mammal could be the next new species.

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Gray Wolves

Habitat

Gray wolves live in regions along the Arctic coast of northern Alaska. They are also found in northern Europe and Asia, the northern arctic regions, and parts of Russia. However, they have been seen on Wrangle Island.

Diet

Like all wolves, gray wolves are carnivorous. They primarily eat wapiti, deer, moose, caribou, musk ox, and deer. An adult gray wolf can eat up to 20 pounds in just one feeding.

Appearance

The gray wolf is from 50 to 64 in length. Males weigh 85 to 176 pounds, females from 80 to 120 pounds. Although their coat color varies, they typically have light colored coats, like whites, and rarely come in dark coats, including black.

Birth & Growth

When wolf pups are born, they are completely blind and deaf, and have very little sense of smell. They grow from 2.6 to around 3.3 pounds the first 14 weeks after they are born. There are normally around 4 and 6 pups in a litter. At the age of around 11 days, the wolf pups will get part of their eyesight, and they will become more vocal, and will be able to sort of walk around. At around 10 weeks, they will start learning to hunt, also some strategies that are helpful for their futures.

Gorillas

Habitat

There are many different types of Gorillas, although some of their most common habitats are in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola, and Gabon. 

Appearance

All Gorillas’ arms are longer than their legs, and sometimes walk on all four limbs, also known as “Knuckle Walking”. They can be a sort of grayish brown in color, but are more commonly a more blackish coat. Mountain Gorillas have thick long hair coats, Lowland Gorillas have shorter, more fine hair, and have no tail. They share similarities with humans like walking upright for a long period of time, and more developed brains.

Diet

An adult Gorilla can consume 40 pounds of vegetation per day. They rarely drink water because the plants they eat are mostly made up of water. They also eat fruits, and bananas are common in their habitats, so they tend to eat lots of them.

Birth & Growth

The young are called “Black Backs”, and there is typically only one baby born. When they are born, they weigh around 4 pounds, and learn to crawl at around 2 months. After 8 or 9 months they start to walk, once 3 years has passed, they become independent. 

 

 

 

Giraffes

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Habitat

Giraffes live in Savannah areas in Africa. Mostly Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. Where there are dense forests, open plains, tall trees in very arid lands. Places that  are very hot. There are about 97k individual giraffes living in the wild and some in zoos around the world, not just in Africa.

Diet

Giraffes are herbivores, that means they don’t eat meat and instead they mostly eat leaves and shoots. They have a long tongue for reaching tall trees for food. Giraffes spend most of their time eating. They also eat seeds, fruits, buds and twigs. They can go without drinking for weeks because of the juice from plants they eat.

Appearance

Giraffes have tan brown colored spots surrounded by white. They are the tallest land animals and can be from 16-18ft. tall. They have a long neck and long legs. When they are walking they step with two feet at a time on one side. They can gallop up to 35 miles per hour.

Birth & Growth

Giraffes have babies at 4-5 years old. Giraffes carry the babies for 15 months. The newborn giraffes are about 6 feet tall. A baby giraffes is called calf. The calf weighs around 130 – 150 pounds when born.

Trumpeter Swan

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Habitat

Trumpeter Swans live in ponds, lakes, and large rivers by coastal bay. They prefer fresh water more than salt water. The trumpeter swan is very endangered. The scientific name is “Cygnus Buccinator”. Trumpeter Swans gather at sites near open water.

Appearance

Trumpeter swans weigh over 26 pounds. Their wingspan is 79 .9 inches. Adult Trumpeter Swans are entirely white with a black bill and black legs. Babies are gray-brown and are small and very furry. Heavy bodies and long necks.

Diet

Trumpeter Swans mostly eat leaves, seeds and many types of pond weeds. Also, they eat corn and grains such as bread, like most birds. Trumpeter swans are mostly vegetarian and they sometimes eat small fish and fish eggs. In the winter they eat cranberries and blueberries.

Birth and Growth

They lay 4 to 6 eggs at a time. The eggs are incubated for 32 to 37 days. The egg looks creamy to dull white. After hatching eyes are partially open, and are covered in gray and occasionally white down. They leave the nest within 24 hours of hatching and have the ability to swim.

 

Margay Cat

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Habitat

Margay cats live in Northern Mexico to Uruguay. They also live in northern Argentina. They spend most of their time in trees and hardly ever come down to the ground.

Appearance

The Margay’s eyes are very large and shine brightly at night. The Margay cats coat is brownish-yellow with black spots, stripes and blotches. The belly, chest, throat, chin and the insides of the legs are snowy white. An average Margay cat weighs 9 to 11 pounds.

Diet

They mimic the sounds of monkeys. They eat climbing rats, squirrels, opossums, small monkeys and sloths. They also eat tree frogs, lizards and birds. Occasionally they will eat insects, grasses and sometimes even fruit.

Birth and Growth

Mostly there is only one kitten but very rarely there could be two. The kitten weighs 85 to 170 grams at birth.

 

Cheetah Facts

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Habitat

Cheetahs live where it’s hot. They live mostly in Africa and Asia. Very few of the cheetahs live in Iran. Cheetahs sleep in high trees so that no predators try to hurt them. Cheetahs are nocturnal, “nocturnal” means sometimes they sleep in the day and they hunt at night. So only sometimes they sleep in trees.

Diet

Cheetahs feed mostly on Antelope, Springbok, Steenbok, and Gazelle. When cheetahs hunt, they put their belly to the ground, they walk slow and then pounce.They bite the throat first causing the animal to suffocate.

Appearance

Cheetahs are tan colored with black spots. Cheetahs nostrils are bigger so after running they can breathe easier. They have a slender slick body to help them do fast sharp turns. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in world.

Birth and Growth

Females have three to five babies at a time. When having babies, the female cheetah stays alone somewhere where there are no predators. The babies are called “cubs”the cubs have some extra fur on their neck called a “patch”. A patch has many uses. First, when the cheetah carries the cub they hold it by the neck, and that extra fur protects the cub from hurting it. Second, it helps the cubs blend into the wild so no predators try to kill them.