The Ferocious Tasmanian Devil

G’day, mate! Have another shrimp on the barby!! Ok, that’s kind of cheesy, but Eye ‘N Stein and I are in a land ‘down under’ – we made it to Australia! We just left China after hanging out with probably one of the most recognized animals in the world, the panda bear. Now, we are looking for something not so cuddly. 

SeeMore SIghts - Tasmanian Devil 03Did you know that Australia is called the great ‘Island Continent’? It is actually the world’s largest island. Also, while it is roughly the same size as the United States (which is made up of 50 states), Australia has only six states. There is much to cover and we might be here a while.

Once we traveled south, we found an island called Tasmania. Can you guess what animal we found? That is right – the Tasmanian Devil. This little dog sized, furry, stinky little guy is kind of the unofficial mascot of Australia. 

Now, you may be wondering how this peticular animal got it’s name ‘devil’. It has to do with the way they display themselves: harsh screeches and snarls and opening their mouths wide to show their sharp teeth & its blood-curdling nocturnal screams.


SeeMore SIghts - Tasmanian Devil 04Interesting Tasmanian Devil Facts:

  • They feed mostly on the remains of dead animals;
  • When confronted, a Tasmanian devil will often yawn at its tormentor as if pretending to be unbothered by the threat;
  • They live up to five years;
  • They can have around 20 babies;
  • The mother carries her young in her ‘pouch’.

 

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Devils are solitary and nocturnal, spending their days alone in hollow logs, caves, or burrows, and emerging at night to feed. They use their long whiskers and excellent sense of smell and awesome night vision sight to avoid predators and locate prey and carrion. They’ll eat pretty much anything they can get their teeth on, and when they do find food, they are voracious, consuming everything.

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Chinese Panda Bear

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We will admit, we were kind of tired of the snow in Siberia, so we headed south into China. This place is really big!! It has over 3.6 million square miles of land and has over 1,300,000,000 (that’s 1.3 BILLION) people.

With such a vast land, we looked high and low for an animal that is unique and could not find in the wild back in the States. We had to go and find the mascot of China. Can you guess what it is? That’s right – the panda bear.

SeeMore Sights - Panda Bear EatingThe panda is a bit different from most other bears. Here are some interesting panda bear facts:

  • Panda bears do not hibernate.
  • They are large, cuddly animals who mainly eat bamboo and can weigh up to 250 pounds!
  • Pandas can live up to 30 years old.
  • There are about 1,000 pandas left in the wild.
  • Pandas are excellent tree climbers.
  • The natural habitat of the panda is cool, wet, cloudy mountain forest land where bamboo grows.

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Most bears’ eyes have round pupils. The exception is the giant panda, whose pupils are vertical slits, like cats’ eyes. These unusual eyes inspired the Chinese to call the panda the “giant cat bear.” 

Pandas have very good eyesight.

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Siberian Tiger

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As fascinating as Crete, Greece was, Eye ‘N Stein and I made our way into the wintery wonderland of Siberia, Russia. We were trying to find the powerful, yet beautiful animal, the Siberian Tiger.

Siberia is a huge mass of land consuming most of Northern Asia – it covers 5.1 million square miles. The terrain of Siberia is a mixed one made up of mountains, grasslands and lakes & rivers. Some of its mountains are over half a mile high!!!

SeeMore Sights - Siberian TigerOnce deep into the cold, snowy landscape, we found who we were looking for. Here are some AWESOME tiger facts:

  • The Siberian Tiger is the largest living cat.
  • His coat is a beautiful reddish/rusty coat.
  • He can weigh up to 460 pounds!
  • Tigers have a well-developed sense of smell, however, it’s rarely used for hunting. Smell is most commonly used to communicate with other tigers.
  • His hearing is exceptional, which they use to locate prey in dense cover.
  • Tigers also have a well-developed sense of touch. Mother tigers and cubs, and courting pairs often rub against and lick each other.
  • As of last record, there are about 400 – 500 tigers left in the wild.

SeeMore Sights, Fact of the DayDid you know?

During the day, tigers see like you and I do. However, during the night, their vision is 6 times better than ours!!! Their eyes have a pupil that can get very wide and was designed to allow as much light in as possible.

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