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ILUVATAR
June 12, 2006, 04:27 PM
living in a city like mine the only "wild" animals you can see are dogs, cats, birds and fish and for those most of them are pets or those that they were thrown out (not the goldfishes :p). when i was younger i used to visit my village very often and i remember taking walks in the forest we had near there. i saw wolves in there more than once and you now my love for them. i once saw a badger too :blink :darn. squirrels were the most common visitors of those woods and i think i may have some photos i once took :amuse
my "wildlife experience" is equal to zero i think :notrust

Gold Knight
June 12, 2006, 07:07 PM
Greece, right, Iluvatar?

Gold Knight
June 12, 2006, 07:14 PM
Okay, we already have a If you could be any animal, what would you be? (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/index.php?topic=4342.0) thread, and a Pet Thread. (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/index.php?topic=588.0)

So I figure, why not have a thread dedicated wholly to discussing the world's wildlife? Might as well!

I know we have some animal lovers here for sure. Do we have any bird-watchers here? (I'm one.) Or are you a frequent zoo visitor? Do you fish or hunt at all?

Also, what animals are you used to seeing around where you live? What animals are your favorite?

Around here in Tennessee, we see a lot of birds, snakes, raccoons, and deer. There are also brown bears in the mountains, and I've heard a little bit about bear sightings lately near Norris Lake, where I'm about to move.

What about you?

karasu
June 12, 2006, 08:21 PM
we have lots of nasty spiders, frogs, and snakes here in brisbane...

no dingos, no kangaroos, no koalas, no wombats, and no kiwi either around here...

Gold Knight
June 13, 2006, 08:42 AM
Kiwi's endemic to New Zealand, right?

But no kangaroos!?? >.<

Tanuki-dono
June 13, 2006, 11:01 AM
Oooh. Well, I live in an area similar to Firu, really. :p Lots of birds, snakes, raccoons, and deer indeed. And scorpions! (shudder)

Deer come up into our backyard sometimes (mostly during the autumn season). We've watched them during dinner before - quite nice, really. My favorite animal to watch this time of year would be the squirrels. Or, as Meaghan likes to put it, the <i>ninja squirrels</i>. They're so hyper and light-footed. (And cute!) My second favorite animal to watch is actually a bird - the heron. They're so pretty. The come to the pond out back in the field in the morning when the mist and fog is rolling. It's pretty. :)

As for other animals...I see a lot of possums and armadillos on the road recently, oddly enough. And my grandfather lives two houses down and he has many cows. (Moo.) But not milking cows. Just cows that eat and poop. He also has a wild horse. That horse is one mean sucker, too. He's so moody, and you can't get close or he'll kick you. For the life of me, I don't know why my Pop never broke him in. But those don't really qualify as wildlife, do they? Hmmm.

A year ago, we had a bunch of wild turkeys crisscrossing our field every now and then (it was pretty bizarre), but I haven't seen a single one this year. The weirdest animal I saw around here was when I was driving down a road in the fog. An emu crossed in front of me and I had to hit the brakes! Turns out there's a man with an emu farm up the mountain. O.o

karasu
June 13, 2006, 05:42 PM
nope..no kangaroos.. they're not wild anymore, they've been civilised..

that's what i thought when i'm coming to australia, that i can see kangaroos roaming the streets..
(and they'd be wearing boxing gloves :p)
guess it's just a false assumptions about australia :D
gotta go to the zoos and sanctuaries' to see koala and kangaroo..

and the kiwi comment, LOL, i just added that for fun if anyone noticed it..turns out someone did notice :D

Gold Knight
June 13, 2006, 08:24 PM
Well, aren't I smart?

>.>

Kangaroos wearing boxing gloves... :D

@ Erin: I see a lot of possums on the street too... usually cruelly run over =/ (Actually, I'm relatively sure I've seen more different types of animals as roadkill, but I never really stop by and take a closer look...)

Oh, and skunks, too... ugh

But anyway, back on a lighter note, I do like watching squirrels too ^^ They're funny :D

And why did "just cows that eat and poop" crack me up so? At least they're having a blast, I guess. :D

_ATMA
June 13, 2006, 10:01 PM
a racoon was locked in my breeze way yesteday morning but the pictures came out erally shity

ILUVATAR
June 28, 2006, 12:51 PM
@Gold Knight soz for the reeeealy late response :darn
yes greece....

Gold Knight
June 28, 2006, 09:55 PM
No prob XD

Brede
June 28, 2006, 11:47 PM
not much in terms of 'wildlife' (not including pets and the usual birds). but the call of the wild is ever present and its only a short distance away. terrapins (soft shell tortoise) in the big drains and every now and then, we see snakes (like pythons) and monitor lizards scurrying across the road. BUT as these are generally seen as 'food', ppl would actually speed up and run them over. Not to be mistaken with the road kills Tanuki and GK mentioned. This is Hunting...in the modern world :grin

Macan
June 29, 2006, 12:14 AM
we have lots of nasty spiders, frogs, and snakes here in brisbane...


My guess the 'frogs' that you mention are actually cane toads, right? I heard it's a menace in Australia, endangering the native wildlife there. Cane toads have a toxin gland at its back that can cause death to animals that ate the toads. :grin

In Kuala Lumpur, the 'wildlife' you can see is stray cats (cats outnumbering dogs here), stray dogs (occasionally), crows (lots of em) talapias, janitor fish and tortoises (you can see tortoises at recreational parks). :grin2

At my hometown, there's the usual animals, cats, dogs, squirrel, chicken, swallows, cows, goats, lizards etc.

Sometimes, at the oil palm plantation I occassionally encounter cobras (scary!) and owls. But I think it's normal coz they hunt their natural prey, rats and there's a lot of rats in oil palm plantation. :smoke

If I'm lucky, i'll get to see storks, resting on top of a tree or hornbills in front of my house and since my house is in front of a river I'm able to see the storks foraging for food. It's a rare sight coz these birds as far as I know are migratory birds. Sometimes I also encounter jungle fowls which are quite abundant here. :smile-big

At my grandma's house, I'll be able to see a group of monkeys. sometimes they're too close to the house, we have to scare them away.

Speaking of road kill, I did encounter the most bizzare carcass of my life. A dead young leopard with injuries at its head. I wish I could take it and preserve it coz it's rare and still in good condition but at that time I was afraid that it's spirit would possess me and I just left it there. That was 10 years ago. I also saw with my own eyes an injured cobra getting hit by a pickup truck while its body was in attacking position. :blink

Another encounter was about 14 years ago when me and my friends were walking back from school when we discovered a python in curling position beside the road. At that time I don't know whether it's a road kill or not coz it doesn't have injuries and it's position is like it's relaxing or something and it's eyes seem to be closed. We tried to poke it's head but after there's no reaction we headed back to our homes.

Ichimaru Gin n Tonic
June 29, 2006, 03:54 PM
I live in the city, so I only get to see wildlife at dance clubs on weekends.. just kidding. There's not much wildlife to see in this town, only stray cats or pesky insects like roaches and ants. But back in campus, I once found a cute (NOT!) cobra (that's a snake, for anyone who doesn't know what a cobra is) sunbathing on the parking ground, which was located just in front of the cafeteria. A friend of mine, who owns a pet shop, courageously caught it using his bare hand (good thing nothing happened) and he took it back to the house that I rent with him.

He kept the snake in an aquarium (like other snakes that he kept in the house). One day, the snake somehow went AWOL! I was sleeping in my room, then he woke me up asking me about the snake, and so I ran outta the house -- like a little girl hearing the boogeyman in her closet -- wearing only my shorts. He found the snake, under in the kitchen, just behind the trash bin. The neighbors found out, the house owner wants us to move and so we did. I rent another place, this time without him. I hate snakes (and rats), I kept complaining about him keeping all those reptiles (4 phytons, 2 big lizards and a cobra) in the house but he said it was ok (yeah, right).

He still runs a pet shop now, pretty successful one (but that doesn't change the facts that I hate snakes and rodents). So there, that was the only 6 months I get to life with a bunch of creepy crawly wildlife.

Sorry if it was too long, do you think I should move this to the story thread?

Gold Knight
June 29, 2006, 06:33 PM
No, it's cool. ^^ Though you can repeat it there if you like.

Funny story, btw. "and so I ran outta the house -- like a little girl hearing the boogeyman in her closet -- wearing only my shorts"... XD

Snakes are scary ;p

ILUVATAR
July 03, 2006, 12:56 PM
a few days ago me, my father and some friends of his went alltogether to Mt. Olympus ( :offtopic this is the highest mountain in Greece. it was once told that there were living the twelve olympus gods - if you ever heard of them, it's, i believe, the oldest "religion" in my country and even today it count's some believers)
anyway we found many wild animals there. what mostly attracted my attention was that me saw WAY TOO MANY Salamanders than i ever expected to see (this is the specie that you will see here http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/photos/nature/salamanders.jpg - though the ones that i took photo with my mobile - we hadn't taken any cameras with us - were much more bigger and prettier :smile-big) we also found a snake - a small one thank god - and i though i heard a wolfcry and on the way back i was like this :spaz :knk :dance :woot cbecause of that
that's all from my... close contact with nature these days

Gold Knight
July 03, 2006, 02:43 PM
Yeah, I know Greek mythology :D
And wow, Mt. Olympus....

You like wolves, eh?

Btw, funny LoTR sig XD Hadn't seen that one yet.

Tanuki-dono
July 03, 2006, 04:44 PM
Wolves are so frightening. But when they howl they sound really lonely, even though that's nowhere near the purpose of a howl. Anyway, Mt. Olympus? WOW. I used to love mythology, so I find that really interesting. And Salamanders? icky. @.@

Ichimaru Gin n Tonic
July 03, 2006, 10:54 PM
*Agrees with Tanuki-dono. Reptiles are icky.*

@ILUVATAR: U sure that was a wolf and not those mythical gods of Olympus?

Gold Knight
July 04, 2006, 12:37 AM
^ Oooh. Methanks you need to make a sacrifice of some kind to the wolf just in case, Iluvatar! Can't have the fury of the gods rain on you!

ttxdragon
July 10, 2006, 04:03 PM
not that much wildlife over here.... as i live directly by the baltic sea (only 10min till the beach and the river 'trave' is directly in front of the housedoor) there are more fish to be counted as wild life >.< then the typical birds, seagulls and such and in the little forest on the other side of the river i sighted some fawns, rabits and such ^^; that's about all.....
the only wild bear in germany got shot bout one week ago, because it took farm animals as prey >.< poor bear ;__;

Gold Knight
July 11, 2006, 06:54 PM
I always wondered about the wildlife in Germany... aww, poor bear ><

ttxdragon
July 11, 2006, 07:54 PM
I always wondered about the wildlife in Germany...

there are some projects to re-populate the wildlife of germanys main forest [Harz, Mittelgebirge, Schwarzwald and such]....
but i don't know how successful those are ^^;

Azurel
March 15, 2007, 10:27 AM
thread revival time! :XD

Wildlife huh.. Occasional rat in the drain, spoilt cats that won't eat rats but gets into a fight almost every other night and stray dogs crossing the road. There were some cheeky monkeys near this 'jungle' area but they cut down the place to make space for a new polytechnic. poor monkeys, I don't see them any more T.T


New leopard species found in Borneo

The Borneo clouded leopard is darker than the mainland species and has many distinct spots within its small cloud markings. It also has a grayer fur, and a double dorsal stripe.

The report - Borneo's Lost World - highlights the need to conserve the forests of Borneo, not just for well-known endangered species such as orang-utans and rhinos, but because they also provide habitats for possibly thousands of plant and animal species still to be discovered.

http://www.wwf.org.uk/picturelibrary/jpeg200/cl/clouded_leopard.jpg

~Lilium~
March 16, 2007, 12:14 AM
well.... we have deer here, moose, hawks, mice lots of different types of mice and voles. and most of them are cute too! They have hamster colors! :p and lots of different types of birds like turkeys, geese, and the smaller ones too.

bugs. :bleh ! lots of them especially in the summer. Not to mention lots of crazy flies that just drop on your head, attack your head, drop dead beside you, dance around in circles on its back on the floor and go in your hair.... :oh

I had all that happen to me at school today. so couldn't focus... :oh

Nami
August 18, 2007, 10:33 AM
I live in the city, and I can hardly or never see any wildlife at all. The closest i have seen is a snake (eeeeek!) and squirrels (almsot everyday) and storks I think around the end of the year (migration?). Oh, and once when i was in australia, i saw kangeroos just in the park opposite a building where i standing. They don't seem to be afraid of man, may have gotten used to us. What about you guys? Ever been frightened by any wildlife that you come across? :)

Ichimaru Gin n Tonic
August 20, 2007, 10:13 AM
Well, my aunts live just outside the city limit. So her place was surrounded by trees and tall grass. One time, i was helping her watering her plants and then i saw somethign that resembles the hose.... but it turns out to be a snake. If i were in the olympics that afternoon, i would've won 10 gold medals for sprinting. And then there was one time that i froze when i saw a shark during snorkling in Bunaken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunaken).

MadDog
August 20, 2007, 10:57 PM
I saw a wild turkey a few weeks ago in my friend's backyard. The thing looked kind of mean to be honest. There's been a major problem with wolves in my town the past few months, but they're running out of places to go as things get built up. Also, I'm pretty sure I saw the chupacabra, but I can't say for sure. :D

mrcongojack
August 24, 2007, 10:36 AM
The only wildlife seen in my town is road kill.

Zwivix
August 24, 2007, 03:01 PM
I dont have much exposure other than the same of dogs cats and squirrls.

Only when i go to Mexico back home i see all kinds of animals ranging from exotic birds to dangerous snakes.

Man, in the U.S. rich people have to pay to pretend their poor..(Camping). But some people have to deal with wild animals everyday..

RainyFrog
August 25, 2007, 06:42 AM
We have...many things in Hawaii. But not snakes (yay), or parrots or monkeys, contrary to popular belief. XD;

I live right near a forest nature preserve on a mountain, but pretty much all I see are birds -- Japanese white-eyes, mynahs, shama thrushes, and really cute orange-ish finch-type things I can't identify. There are wild boars around here, but I guess they're pretty good at hiding. Mongooses sometimes make rare appearances, especially more around the actual city of Honolulu (I'm kind of on the outskirts).

Also, way too much rain=way too many centipedes finding their way inside the house. >< Lots of spiders, too. ...tl;dr

Zwivix
August 25, 2007, 12:15 PM
Aww thats horrible i hate spirders!!! It also rains alot in Mexico and the snakes dont like that.... So you can imagine where they go. I lost my dog becasue of the snakes. It killed the snake but then ate it! So by the time i found him he was almost dead. I was so sad that is why i swore my revenge agaisnt snakes!!!!

RainyFrog
August 25, 2007, 06:14 PM
I don't really hate snakes (cus I've never seen one outside the zoo), but the thought of seeing one in the wild scares me. >_> And it sounds like the snakes in Mexico are exactly like the centipedes here... Ugh. I'm sure there are centipedes in Mexico, too.

Your poor dog... T_T I'm lucky I don't have to worry about my cat doing anything like that...

krazykone12
September 13, 2007, 11:28 AM
Nothing special in Pittsburgh, PA the occasional rain brings out the slugs but besides that usually someone's dog gets loose, it seems to only happen in Spring, Summer, and Autumn I swear :P every year but never the same dog

Allashandra
December 08, 2007, 08:12 PM
Well I have seen a lot of wildlife in my life time. When I was two and sitting in a pack on my fathers back, he was charged by a moose and ran. So I was sitting there staring at this moose chasing us and laughing and kicking my feet while my father ran like the dickens. I've seen a few snakes but mostly the harmless gardner snakes including a whole pack of babies at the zoo but they weren't an exihibit at the zoo suprisingly... the mama just found a spot on the side of the path a good place to brood her eggs I guess. My sister and I were driving on a back road in Arizona and came around a corner to see a black bear standing in the road we both yelled camera and dove to get our cameras while the bear beat feet back up into the woods. The bear was faster then we were so neither one of us got a camera up in time to take a picture. My sister likes to provide a nice place for wild birds to come in since she is a bird-watcher and learning to be a bird-bander so we get all kinds of birds in our backyard, downy woodpeckers, mountain and black cap chickidees, dark eyed junko's, flickers, sparrows, finches, american gold finches, White and red breasted nuthatches, morning doves, european collared doves, rock pidgiens, and we have 2 species of hawks in the neighborhood as well, sharp shinned and coopers hawks. Well today I was out in the backyard and one of the sharp shinned hawks was just sitting on our fence looking for a nice meal and was nice enough to stand still long enough for me get a few shots off with a camera.

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/2451/byhawkek2.th.jpg (http://img216.imageshack.us/my.php?image=byhawkek2.jpg) http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4393/byhawk2kr5.th.jpg (http://img215.imageshack.us/my.php?image=byhawk2kr5.jpg) http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/9803/byhawk3pl4.th.jpg (http://img229.imageshack.us/my.php?image=byhawk3pl4.jpg)

Edit: What an incredible day today has been wildlife wise... Before the Hawk our local Black Squirrel was in a tree in the snow. (I will keep trying getting pics of him.) And now this evening we had a red fox in our yard (this guy was to skiddish and ran at the first site of me so I didn't get any pics of him). Mind you I live in a larger city only a couple of blocks away from a 3 story mall.

Azurel
December 16, 2007, 08:13 AM
Wad does anyone think abt the cloning of extinct/endangered animals?

I think if they have the luxury to actually clone animals, they should have used those resources for their conservation instead and protect endangered animals from being extinct. :notrust

Here's a gallery of cloned animals

http://www.guardian.co.uk/pictures/image/0,8543,-10304328739,00.html

Ichimaru Gin n Tonic
December 16, 2007, 10:59 PM
I think, if anyone wanna clone extinct animal, they should start with the Dodo. :D
I wonder if they're as wacky as the ones in "Ice Age". :XD

Azurel
December 17, 2007, 06:07 AM
I think, if anyone wanna clone extinct animal, they should start with the Dodo. :D
I wonder if they're as wacky as the ones in "Ice Age". :XD

Oh. I wanna see a mammoth!! :XD It's a prejudice against Dodo. Just because they LOOK wascky doesn't necessarily mean they are. :p