Meet the rare magical white owl with red eyes

An oddly adorable owl has been recently sparked interest on social media due to its very unusual looking. The snow-white bird has some big red eyes which make it look like cut out of the ancient mythology.

While many believe, the rare bird is actually a snow owl, turns out this magical creature’s unusual looking is due to a rare condition. So, different of everyone’s opinion that it is a common snow owl, this particular little fella is in fact a screech owl, only the albino version.

The screech owl usually posses a grey or sometimes brown plumage, but due to albinism, its body lacks melanism – responsible to produce color – so its feathers are completely white. Yet, other body parts are affected, too. While its eyes look like two red cherries, the owl also got its beak and claws pink.

Watch this insanely cute owl, bellow:

Albinism is a rare genetic condition caracterized by the absence of any pigmentation or colouration, resulting in white hair, feathers, scales and skin and pink eyes. It can be found in almost every species of animals, from fishes to birds, from terrestrial to marine mammals. It can also be found at human beings. Surprisingly, there are some species of plants with albinism.

 

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Rescue pitbull befriends giant rabbit and now they are inseparable

Usually dogs and rabbits are not getting along very well. However, when it comes to man’s best friend nothing is impossible. And we’ve witnessed to so many lovely stories about dogs comforting and showing their love and kindness to other species. Nevertheless, pups continue to impress everyone and this story is another proof of what incredible creatures, dog can be.

Mindy Hayes from Erie, Pennsylvania has always been kind to animals. A couple of years ago she even rescue a pit bull from fighting rings and they live together ever since. But last year, Mindy decided to adopt a rabbit, too, without knowing how Grace, her 2-year-old beloved pup would react.

“Grace had a very rough start to life,” Mindy told the Dodo. “Before she was rescued she had been used for fighting and then was tied up to a tree.” So she decided to slowly introduce Sophie, the giant bunny to her canine sister. But what the woman didn’t know was her dog’s kindness was limitless and she instantly befriend the family’s newest member.

“It was an instant connection,” Mindy said. “They sniffed one another, and they just blossomed from there. Knowing where she came from and to see her be so loving to everyone, especially to a rabbit, is really spreading awareness to who these dogs really are. They are not bad dogs. She wants to be friends with everyone she meets.”

And since then, Grace and Sophie are inseparable. The unlikely duo shows once again that when it comes to love and caring, the animal kingdom knows no borders. “I can’t keep them apart,” the duo’s mom said. “Grace is constantly following Sophie, laying with her on the couch and licking her head. Grace would groom Sophie until she is sopping wet if I let her!

“The bond these two have is unbreakable,” she said.

Lioness Gives Male a Scolding As She Is Not Happy With Him Playfighting With Kids

We all know the male lion, with its majestic mane and terrifying roar as the king of the jungle.

But maybe these pictures will show us who’s really in charge.

As you can see below, the male lion is receiving an earful from his counterpart lioness after a playfight with their children went a little too far for her liking.

Yes dear: The male lion cowers as the lioness lets him know exactly how she feels about his playfighting at the National Zoo in Washington DC

He pinned his daughter, Lusaka to the ground, in a show of anger and asserting who’s boss after the playful cub wouldn’t stop nipping at his tail.

The father, called Luke, had pinned his daughter Lusaka to the ground in mock anger after the playful cub had repeatedly nipped his tail.

So the female lioness, AKA the queen of the jungle, didn’t hesitate to let the male know exactly how she felt.

Courting controversy: The playful cub grabs hold of her dad's tail as he pretends not to notice

The playful cub wouldn’t stop nipping at her dads tail, here he pretends not to notice.

But it clearly became a little too much for the father who eventually decided to join in the playfight and show his daughter who’s boss.

But the fun came to a stop when the protective mother arrived and began to scold the male while baring her teeth.

Cat and mouse: The male has a look that would stop a wildebeest at 50 metres as the female cub makes good her escape

These stunning images were recorded by Jennifer Lockridge who is an amateur photographer and was in the right place at the right time.

Daddy's girl: The cub rolls playfully over on to her back as the male catches up to her

‘The particular cub, Lusaka, is particularly feisty and is always one of the last ones to go inside when called. Lusaka is definitely a “daddy’s girl” and seems to be the most enamoured with her father,’ says the photographer.

‘As the cubs have gotten braver, they approach Luke easily wanting to engage him in play.

Catfight: Lusaka, a five-month-old cub, is devoted to her father, who has just been allowed near his seven children in the zoo

‘I don’t believe he realised she was biting his tail and he didn’t seem to be very upset. Lusaka has a habit of biting the tails of her siblings as well as the adults.’

These Little Squirrels Are So Special and Can Only Be Found on an Island in Japan

To anyone who thinks that flying squirrels actually fly – Wrong! They have membranes that are located between their front and back legs which allow them to glide! They have been known to travel over 100 meters to escape from a predator or to just reach their next tree!

That said, these Japanese and Siberian squirrels are just about as cute and plump as anything on earth! These squirrels are only found in Japan and Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific coast. They are in a unique category of Old World Flying Squirrels. These squirrels do not hibernate but during the winter months, they can sleep up to days on end!

Ok, scroll down and check out these adorable squirrels! Be ready to squeal and wish they were in your backyard!

These Valais Blacknose Sheep Look Like Stuffed Animals Even Though They’re Real

You’ve probably heard of cow hugging or even goat cuddling as forms of therapy these days. People online are raging about places that offer cow hugging sessions with clean, fluffy animals as a way to relieve stress and boost one’s mood.

Well, owning a heavy cow as a pet is pretty impractical (except if it’s a mini cow), but cows aren’t the only animals so fluffy you’d want to sleep on them.

These incredible Valais Blacknose (Ovis aries) sheep would have you thinking you’re staring at stuffed animals – only to see them move, blink, or go Baa! These wooly creatures are a special breed of sheep, originating from the Valais region of Switzerland. They are dual-purpose livestock farmed for their meat and incredible wool. Outside of Valais and its surrounding regions, it’s difficult to find pure breed Blacknose sheep.

These cute animals have coarse wools, spiral horns, and are so-named for their black faces. Generally, sheep aren’t given some much thought by farmyard guests. They come off as really… dumb (for lack of a better word), and people seem to prefer interacting with goats and cows. When most people hear the word ‘sheep’, here’s all they can imagine:

These lovely animals have been around since the year 1400, roaming the mountains of Switzerland and adapting to impossibly cold weather – hence, their thick wool coats. They are groomed for their wool during the summer when the temperatures are moderate, but they need the wool coats for the terribly cold weather in the Swiss Alps during winter.

The wool on this breed of sheep is so coarse and thick that it’s not normally used for clothing. Yarn spun from the fiber is better suited for making carpets, rugs, foot mats and wall hangings.

Canada creates two ocean sanctuaries to help endangered Artic animals

There are some desperate times for the Artic and Canada doesn’t intend to stand by and do nothing. Therefore, the Canadian government opened two large ocean sanctuaries in order to help the endangered Artic animals.

In the present context of the global warning, the Artic wildlife became much more vulnerable at the climate changes. Needless to mention that the ice melting process (a really unusual one, comparing to the years before) has a disastrous effect on the entire planet. So Canada’s plans to protect the Artic environment are extremely commendable.

These sanctuaries are about to cover around 165,000 square miles. And their purpose is to protect the icy area from drilling, mining and/or fishing. While, the initiative is unlikely to reduce the quick process of ice melting, it is a great step of our planet’s fight against global warning and it will definitely save a lot of endangered animals.

The largest sanctuary is named Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area and in the the Inuktitut language its name means “the place where the ice never melts.” As its name says, the place is one of the fewest on Earth where the sea ice actually never melts.

According to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, “this remote region has the oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. As sea ice continues to decline in the Arctic, the ice in this region is expected to last the longest. This makes the area a unique and potentially important future summer habitat for ice-dependent species, including walrus, seals and polar bears.”3reezing any new human activities will help ensure the ice that never melts will remain true to its name,” the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said on the project.

Polar bears, artic foxes, narwhals, walruses and many bird species are just some of the animals that would be saved by this project.

“This deal will turn Tuvaijuittuq into one of the world’s largest conservation areas while also supporting local food security, infrastructure and employment needs,”Paul Okalik, senior adviser for Arctic conservation at WWF Canada told to media. “We’re trying to maintain a viable, conservation-based economy.”

According to the International Union for Conservation Tallurutiup Imanga shelters almost 75% of the world’s narwhals population as well as the largest polar bears population of the Canadian Artic. 20% of the Canada’s beluga population are also live there.

“It is a large natural and cultural seascape that is one of the most significant ecological areas in the world. It is critical habitat for species such as the polar bear, bowhead whale, narwhal and beluga whale. For Inuit living in the region, called both Tallurutiup Imanga and Tallurutiup Tariunga by the Inuit, it is a place rich in culture and wildlife,”according to Parks Canada.

“By protecting Tallurutiup Imanga, and seeking permanent protection for Tuvaijuittuq, we not only save these pristine Arctic ecosystems, but also lay the foundation for a conservation economy in sustainable industries such as fisheries,” P.J. Akeeagok, president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, told in a statement. “These investments in jobs and infrastructure will have profound impacts in the High Arctic and serve as a model of what can be achieved when we work as equal partners in the spirit of reconciliation.”

Miraculous rescue : people found a dog in the sea, 124 miles from the coast

The Gulf of Thailand is large, though not deep, but no one would think of swimming across it. So the workers on the rig were quite surprised to see a dog in the water. It’s almost 124 miles from shore. The animal was barely hanging on to the water and the editors were happy to see what happened next.

There were no animals on the tower, the dog clearly came from outside. But how did he manage to swim such a distance, and why did he swim to the tower, which stands in the middle of the bay? Probably the answer lies in the cruelty of the people who helped the animal to get into the water, far from the shore. It was doomed – the workers remember that he miraculously just discovered the little head in the middle of the waves. Had the swell been a bit stronger, the dog would never have been seen.

The workers managed to lower the ropes and hook the dog. It didn’t bark, didn’t move much, and just greedily drank the offered water. You could see with the naked eye that the animal was exhausted – how could it even stay on the water?

For a few days, the staff cooked a spacious cage for him and waited for the rescue boat. The dog made no sound and just stared at his rescuers. Who knows what he really had to endure?

The rescue of the dog became a local sensation – both at sea and on land it was seen as a good sign. The animal was handed over to the veterinarians, who were surprised to find it completely healthy. As if there had been no strenuous swimming through the Gulf, as if… the animal had appeared there, in the sea near the oil rig, by the will of higher forces?

The impressed Thais christened the dog “Boonrod”, which means “a spiritual donation for good luck in the future”. The foreman of the drills, Khon Vitisak, has already announced that he will take it to his house as a talisman if the owners are not found.

Source: lemurov.com