Posts tagged ‘Asia’

What is a polecat?

A polecat is a weasel-like animal that is closely related to the North American skunk.  Polecats make their home in most parts of Europe and Asia.

The common polecat may grow to be almost two feet long.  Its dark fur is long and loose.

The polecat lives in a burrow and hunts for its food at night.  It eats rats, snakes, rabbits, and any other small animal it can catch—especially poultry.

In fact, the “pole” in the polecat’s name probably comes from the French word “poule,” meaning “a hen” because of its fondness for chickens and other poultry.

Polecat

The polecat is usually bloodthirsty and will often kill much more than it can eat in one meal.

Like the skunk, it is equipped with special scent glands under the tail which emit a foul-smelling fluid when the polecat is alarmed.

In the United States, the skunk is sometimes wrongly called a polecat.  – Dick Rogers

 

Do hyenas really laugh?

A hyena is a large wild, doglike animal that lives in Africa and Asia.

Hyenas known as spotted hyenas are sometimes called “laughing hyenas” because they make sounds that resemble hysterical human laughter.

Hyena

But the hyena is not really laughing.  The laughing hyena usually makes it weird, laughing howl only when it is frightened or excited.

Hyena have the reputation of being cowardly animals because they prefer to eat meat already killed by other animals.

They often follow lions and eat the leftovers of the larger animals’ meals.  They even eat the leftover bones, crushing them with their strong teeth and powerful jaws.

Hyenas are not particular about what they eat.  They are mostly scavengers and will eat any “garbage”  they happen upon.

For this reason, they are useful as animal “garbage collectors”  and help keep the ground. – 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

What is a Jaguar?

Jaguar

The jaguar is a large, fierce cat related to lions and tigers.

With its yellow coat marked with many dark spots, the jaguar looks very much like the leopard of Asia and Africa, but the jaguar is heavier.

Jaguars live in the jungles of Central America and South America.  The jaguar can also be found in Mexico, where it is known as “el tigre” (the tiger).

A male jaguar may grow to be nearly 8 feet long including its 2 ½ foot tall and may weigh up to 300 pounds.

It is powerful and fast enough to capture such animals as wild pigs, cattle and alligators.  It is capable of attacking a man—if it is hungry enough.

The jaguar is a good trees climber and likes to lie on tree branches and leap upon its prey. It is also an expert at catching turtles and fish, which it scoops out of the water with its paw. The jaguar’s loud, deep roar is like that of the lion and the tiger. – Dick Rogers

How do flying squirrels fly?

Flying-squirrel

Squirrels don’t have wings, but the flying squirrel seems to fly, though not like a bird.  It just glides from tree to tree in search of food.

The flying squirrel has folds of skin between its front and back feet.

When it leaps into space from a high limb, the flying squirrel spreads its feet wide.

The parachute-like folds of skin connecting its feet stretch out and convert the flying squirrel into a tiny living glider.  It can glide a downward angle as far as 125 feet.

Twisting and banking with the aid of its bushy tail, the flying squirrel guides itself to the trunk of another tree.

The flight ends as the squirrel lands upright on the tree to climb again for the next gliding leap.

Flying squirrels can be found living in the forests of North America, Asia and Europe.

During the day they sleep in nests hidden in tree hollows.  They come out at night to hunt for berries, insects, and nuts.  – Dick Rogers

 

 

 

What is a Yak?

 

Yak

The yak is the shaggy-coated wild ox of Asia.  There are not many places that are less pleasant to live in than the high, windswept plateaus of Tibet. The winters are bitterly cold and food is scarce.

Yet this bleak land, in which few other animals can endure, is the home of the yak.  The wild yak may stand over 6 feet high at the shoulders and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Its thick, woolly hair may grown so long that it may even drag on the ground.  Its heavy coat is good protection against the cold.

Despite its large size, the yak is as sure-footed as a goat on the sleep mountain-sides.  Some yaks have been tamed.

Tibetan people depend on the yak for their meal, drink their pink milk, weave their long hair into ropes and cloth and use yaks for pack animals. Tamed yaks are sometimes called “grunting oxen” because they grunt when overloaded. – Dick Rogers