Did you know:
The manul, the Pallas’s cat are roughly the size of domestic cats but have long and dense fur that makes them appear stouter and heavier than they are. They are common in cold grassland and rocky steppe climates, often at high elevations up to 16000 feet.
The Pallas’s have long been hunted for their warm and luxurious pelts. Their isolated existence has left them with underdeveloped immune systems unable to fight off common infections they may be exposed to in a zoo environment.
These are some of the interesting facts you’ll find on BIOMORPHOSIS: A Tumblr blog of animals in various GIF poses.
The GIF’s are interesting in themselves. However, the author doesn’t stop here. There is a wealth of education and information along with most every GIF. For example:
The bat-eared fox is named for its huge ears, which can grow to be more than five inches long and stand out much like the ears on a bat. These foxes live in family units and typically eat insects to survive.
This amazing animal can eat more than a million termites per year and can actually help control the termite population. They rarely drink water because they are able to hydrate with all the bugs they eat.
Tapirs are primitive animals that have remained unchanged for millions of years. Fossils of tapir ancestors have been found on every continent except Antarctica. Closest relatives of tapirs are horses and rhinos.
Its nose and upper lip are combined into a flexible snout that the animal uses to reach and pull food into its mouth. Tapirs are nocturnal animals that like to spend a lot of time in the water. They can stay under the water for several minutes. In fact, when frightened, tapirs hide in the water and breathe with their snout poked above the surface like a snorkel!