18 posts tagged Deer
18 posts tagged Deer
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.
As people with an abiding interest in awesome animal masks, we were fascinated to learn about a man who has been wearing a latex deer mask every single day for the last 5 years.
Luo Dan is a 32-year-old painter and designer from Chonqing, China. He’s been wearing his deer mask since 2009 because he says it helps him find inner peace and “release the deer within.” Luo Dan wears the mask while working and in his spare time.
“The deer is a tame animal,” he explained. “Wearing its mask, I could find a long-missing inner peace. When I wear the mask, I feel I am a deer from within.” The fake animal head has also influenced his art, taking a center role in most of his works. Dan doesn’t know exactly how long he’ll keep wearing the deer head, but considering the therapeutic powers he attributes to the mask it’s unlikely he will be taking it off anytime soon.
[via Oddity Central]
How would you react if your walked into the produce section of your local market and encountered a deer or a rabbit eyeing the veg? Indonesia-based photographer Agan Harahap has created a wonderfully whimsical, yet also poignant, series of photos entitled Garden Fresh, depicting wild animals in grocery stores, perhaps browsing the aisles for their favourites foods just as you would.
Agan Harahap describes his work:
“It is like a fable about a journey undertaken by the animals when they venture into our daily lives. The animals are confronted by a new reality that is in conﬂict with their natural habits and habitats… The animals are stripped of their own identities and are used as empty vessels to be ﬁlled with the human drama of parody, satire and allegory. We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Artist Jodi Harvey-Brown transforms books into elaborate sculptures depicting characters and scenes from the stories printed on their pages. It’s as though the stories are literally emerging from the books.
“Every scene is handmade and Harvey-Brown protects the final product with a UV finish. Her pieces feature every kind of story imaginable, including the Millennium Falcon ready to soar out of the pages of Star Wars Heir to the Empire; Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn sailing along the surface of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; and Harry Potter, Hermione, and Ron standing, wands posed, atop The Deathly Hollows.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]
We love Chinese artist Liu Di’s Animal Regulation series of paintings each featuring awesomely huge animals that find themselves situated in otherwise normal urban settings. We previously featured Animal Regulation No.4. Here you see Animal Regulation No.6 and Animal Regulation No.8.
Never assume you’ve already seen the weirdest creations that the world of taxidermy has to offer. There’s always more. Case in point: this strange and awesome sculpture that was recently exhibited at NYC’s Marlborough Chelsea gallery featuring the curated group show Blind Cut by Jonah Freeman and Vera Neykov.
[via Fecal Face Dot Com]
A kangaroo, a lemur, and a deer walk into a bar… okay wait, maybe it’s not a bar. Actually it’s a some sort of grassy yard and they aren’t drinking, they’re playing. Well, the kangaroo is a more of a spectator and the lemur mostly wants to mess with the deer, but the deer has some serious soccer skillz.
We’ve seen plenty of photos of animals of different species hanging out and cuddling and we never get tired of those. But we haven’t run across many actual videos like this where the different animals are actively playing together. That is, until io9 introduced us to a YouTube channel belonging to 4u2roos. All of the videos are filmed at the Exotic Experience in Orlando and they are positively brimming with lemurs, dogs, kangaroos, tiny deer, and small horses having fun and being cute and, most importantly, being cute together.
Set aside an hour or two and head over to the 4u2roos YouTube channel to watch a bunch of different animals enjoying each other’s company.
Carol Smith from Australia photographed this cheeky monkey hitching a ride on what is either an extraordinarily friendly or distracted deer at the Melaka Zoo in Malaysia.
This monkey has got the right idea. When it gets really hot outside and walking around becomes a sweaty chore, we wish we had friendly deer to ride as well. We probably wouldn’t both to sit up either.
Less talk, more lazy monkeys (and accommodating deer)!