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A member of veterinary staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia’s ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Centre in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of a forest and agricultural plantation.

Picture: SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP (via Pictures of the day: 17 April 2014 - Telegraph)

A member of veterinary staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia’s ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Centre in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of a forest and agricultural plantation.

Picture: SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP (via Pictures of the day: 17 April 2014 - Telegraph)

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I admit that hyenas are a bit unusual. Female hyenas, rather than males, rule the clan. Each female also sports a pseudopenis, a seven-inch-long, fully-erectile clitoris that mimics a male hyena’s genitals with an accuracy that can stump even a seasoned biologist trying to tell the sexes apart. It’s no wonder that people have long thought hyenas were hermaphrodites; watching a hyena with a huge erection lie down and nurse cubs is a pretty confusing sight. (read the whole article at the link)

Photos and article by Kate Yoshida (via Hyena surprises: Pseudopenis, social IQ, intelligence, female dominance.)

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montereybayaquarium:

We recently re-united two snowy plover chicks with their father—a first!

The tagged chicks were mistakenly picked up by beachgoers who thought they were abandoned, and brought to the Aquarium for care. The adult plover still had one chick with him, and representatives of California State Parks and Point Blue put a small cage over the chick to keep the parent close by until we could arrive with the other two.  We then placed all three chicks in the enclosure to give the dad a chance to see them.  After ensuring that the male was interested in the chicks, we removed the cage and he began caring for all three once again. Success!

Once numbering in the thousands, U.S. Pacific coast western snowy plovers were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1993.  Today it’s estimated that only about 2,100 plovers breed along the coast, with the largest number found from south San Francisco Bay to southern Baja California. You can help keep adult plovers from abandoning their nests. Keep your dog on a leash on beaches during snowy plover breeding season and stay out of areas that have been blocked off as bird nesting sights.

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A pair of orphaned elephants nuzzle up to a blanket which replicates the sensation of cuddling up to their mother at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage in Kenya. The babies require specialised 24-hour care as they are hand-reared ahead of reintegrating them back into the wild at a later date.

Picture: DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)

A pair of orphaned elephants nuzzle up to a blanket which replicates the sensation of cuddling up to their mother at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage in Kenya. The babies require specialised 24-hour care as they are hand-reared ahead of reintegrating them back into the wild at a later date.

Picture: DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)