8 posts tagged Buffalo
8 posts tagged Buffalo
Late at night in certain (Miyazaki-animated) regions of Japan it’s possible to catch a ride on the Catbus. So what’s the late night animal transportation situation in other countries? We’re glad you asked! Camera traps set up by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, a nature reserve in South Africa, recently captured these awesome images of an adventuresome Large-spotted genet hitching a ride on the backs of Cape Buffalo and White Rhinos in the middle of the night.
"Large-spotted genets are small nocturnal omnivores related to civets. They are mostly tree-dwelling creatures and prey on insects, birds, frogs, and rodents, although there have been recordings of them killing baby antelopes, a seemingly impossible feat for a creature of their size."
And now we know genets also like to use much larger animals as transportation. These photos were captured on different nights, which means that these Buffalobus and Rhinobus rides weren’t a one-time occurrence.
[via National Geographic News]
South Dakota-based artist John Lopez (previously featured here) creates awesome life-size sculptures of animals by welding together pieces of scrap metal, often pieces of abandoned farm machinery collected from local ranchers and farmers that he’s known since he was a kid. The creatures he creates are so lifelike that it’s hard to believe their myriad parts and pieces were ever used for anything else.
French sculptor Pierre Matter beautifully combines biological and mechanical elements to create awesome large-scale sculptures that are as impressively grand as they are surprisingly tender.
"Many of Matter’s sculptures examine humanity’s relationship with both animals and machines, portraying these creatures and devices as beasts of burden, caretakers, religious symbols, and medical devices."
"He works mostly with bronze, however he also uses recycled and scrap materials, to build his hybrid sculptures. His imaginative artwork is a continuation of an ongoing dialogue concerning human existence and changes brought about by advances in technology and the sciences."
Visit Pierre Matter’s website to view more of his amazing sculptures.
It’s time for another awesome visit to the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Back in April 2011 a Canada goose decided to nest in an urn at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. Canada geese are monogamous animals who usually mate for life, but somehow this goose had lost her gander. Fortunately she wasn’t without protection.
A young male whitetail deer appeared and took up the role of guardian. Canada goose eggs incubate for an average of 24-28 days and the young buck remained close by the entire time. Whenever anyone tried to approach the goose, the deer rose to stand between them and the nesting bird. He also chased off an aggressive group of crows, who are known to predate on baby birds, the day before the eggs began to hatch. It wasn’t until the goslings hatched that the deer gradually began to wander from his self-appointed post.
Photos by Doug Benz and Craig Cygan respectively.
The World’s Largest Disco is an annual event held at the Buffalo Convention Center in Buffalo, New York each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event, widely popular in the area, is a tribute to the disco era and features live performances by 1970s-era musicians, along with dancers dressed in 1970s attire.
The current event began as an annual occurrence in 1994, but it traces its history and name to a disco held in Buffalo in 1979, featuring The Trammps and Gloria Gaynor. That disco is marked in Guinness World Records as the largest disco in the history, with 13,000 people in attendance. The current incarnation of the event draws 7,000, though this is only because of capacity issues. Tickets for the event regularly sell out within minutes of being put on sale, which usually occurs in early August. The event is a charity fundraiser held by Conesus Fest for Charity to raise funds for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp for children with cancer.
Photo of ”The Village Guys” at The World’s Largest Disco by Joe Cascio
Ha! Now that’s a rather awesome lick!
"This plucky little bird was given a good licking when it dared to venture near a massive bison. The brown-headed cowbird was feeding on insects when the towering beast gently touched it with her tongue. The bird let out a chirp before flying off. Photographer Tin Man Lee, 34, captured the moment at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, America."
From the Department of Awesome Pets:
Meet Jim Sautner and his pet buffalo, Bailey Junior. Weighing 1,820 pounds, Bailey might just be the world’s largest domestic pet.
Jim’s wife Linda says of her husband and the buffalo: “They have shared a bond since Bailey Junior was only a few weeks old when we adopted him after the tragic death of the first buffalo that Jim and I had raised. Bailey Sr had become a family member. I guess he became our baby. I know that sounds bizarre.”
Photo by the Sautner Family