Posts from the ‘Little Animal’ Category

What is a sea cow?

Sea cow are large water animals that look somewhat like seals.  “Sea cow” is the popular name for the manatee and dugong, which are sea animals that look somewhat like a large seals.

The sea cow is an awkward, slow-moving animal with no hind legs.  Its front legs are paddle-shaped and it has a broad, shovel-like tail.

A very large sea cow would weigh more than 1,500 pounds.   Sea cows prefer to live quietly in warm, shallow bays and coastal waters, and in certain large rivers.

Sea Cow

They feed on water plants growing in the shallow water, and are often seen in small herds, browsing like real cattle grazing.

Since they are mammals, they must hold their breath under water, and come to the surface often to breathe.

The mother sea cow feeds her baby mild.  The baby called a calf, is born under water.

The mother pushes her newborn infant to the surface for its first breath of air.  She carries the little animal on her back so that it is above water, then dunks it repeatedly until it learns to breathe correctly.  – Dick Rogers

What makes a skunk smell?

A skunk is a small creature famous for its unpleasant odor.  It is about the size of a can and has distinctive black and white markings.

Skunks can’t run fast, but they can protect themselves from their enemies by spraying a smelly liquid, which the skunk stores in special scent glands near its tail.  When frightened, the skunk can squirt a fine spray as far as 10 feet.

Skunk

But the skunk doesn’t “strike” without warning.  It turns its back to the intruder, raises its busy tail, and stamps its feet, so you have plenty of time to get away.

If this fair warning is not heeded, the skunk will use its last means of protection, the evil-smelling spray.

The spray is so strong that it is hard to breathe when you are near it.

Skunks themselves are friendly little animals, and make playful pets when their accept glands are removed.

Aside from an occasional raid on the chicken roast, skunks are really helpful to man since they eat insects, rats, mice and other rodents that damage farm crops. – Dick Rogers

What is a chipmunk?

A chipmunk is a friendly, chattering little animal that looks like its cousin the ground squirrel.

A chipmunk is smaller, though, and is easily recognized by the light and dark stripes running down its back.

Chipmunks live in the forests or forest edges in parts of North America and Asia.

The chipmunk’s home is a burrow dug in the ground, it contains storerooms and a leaf-lined nest.

Chipmunk

Curing the day, the lively little creatures scamper about the ground looking for seeds and nuts to eat.  They have inner cheek pouches which they can stuff with food.

People often feed chipmunks for the fun of seeing them fill their cheeks.  When they are filled with a load of seeds, each cheek may swell to the size of the head itself.

Chipmunks sleep through much of the winter.  But they store food in their burrows to eat during the winter lust in case they should wake up hungry. – Dick Rogers