Saturday, March 14, 2015

Carnivora (Part 2 Caniformia)

The dog-like carnivors have a bit more variety. Here are my top 14 favorites:

14. Darwin’s Fox (Lycalopex fulvipes )

This little species is exclusive to two sites in Chile, and it is unfortunately not surprising I never managed to see one. There are only an estimated 320 left in existence.

13. Brown Bear (Ursus arctos )

Brown bear
The largest of carnivores (along with perhaps the Polar Bear) these animals can be deadly, but friendly—almost tamed examples have been known.

12. Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda )

10 Month Old Fennec Fox
The cutest of foxes.

11. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes )

Fox study 6
One of two stunning, red species of fuzzy creatures.

10. Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius )

Spilogale putorius (2)
I like the striped one too.

9. Common Raccoon ( Procyon lotor )

Three raccoons in a tree
I don’t think I would like these as much if I really knew one. Sterling North, however, convinced me I love these.

8. Sea Otter ( Enhydra lutris )

Sea-otter-morro-bay on-back
Watch any video of this little guy and you will understand.

7. Polar Bear ( Ursus maritimus )

Polar Bear - Alaska
I always liked these guys, but one day at the National Zoo in D.C. watching one play underwater made me love them.

6. Least Weasel ( Mustela nivalis )

"Mustela nivalis (two, fighting)" by Ainalem from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
The smallest of carnivores, also one of the more ferocious.

5. Arctic Fox ( Vulpes lagopus )

Alopex lagopus IMG 9019 The coolest of foxes.

4. North American River Otter ( Lontra Canadensis )

LutraCanadensis fullres These guys play. ‘nough said.

3. Giant Panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca )

"Panda Cub from Wolong, Sichuan, China" by Original uploader was Sheilalau at en.wikipedia - Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
These animals are proof not only of intelligent design, but graphic, intelligent design.

2. Grey Wolf, Dog ( Canis lupus )

I have had several of these as friends.

1. Red Panda ( Ailurus fulgens )

Tiergarten Schoenbrunn Kleiner Panda 2
Find a video online of these guys playing in the snow.

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