Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Animals we Cherish.

Norddeich, Germany, August 20, 2008--Ready Eddy? A young seal named Eddy peers out from a basket en route to his release into the North Sea from the island of Juist.

Eddy was raised at a seal rehabilitation and breeding station in Norddeich, which cares for about 30 to 80 orphaned seals each year. Seals are released when they reach a minimum weight of 55 pounds (25 kilograms).

—John Roach
—Photograph by Philpp Guelland/AFP/Getty Images

Flinder's Bay, Australia, August 26, 2008--A rare albino southern right whale calf frolics in waters off the coast of Western Australia. It is believed to be one of only ten white whales in the world.

Locals named the eight-week-old mammal Wilgi Manung, which is an aboriginal name for white whale. It will swim to the Antarctic for summer feeding in about a month.

The IUCN lists the southern right whale as a "lower risk, conservation dependent" species.
—Photograph by Mitchell/Reuters

San Diego, California, August 21, 2008--A mother giraffe nuzzles her baby girl two days after she gave birth in front of guests at the San Diego Zoo.

The unnamed Masai giraffe weighed in at 145 pounds (66 kilograms) and stood 62 inches (157 centimeters) tall. Fully grown, she may reach 14 feet (4.3 meters) tall.

Mother Abby and daughter are bonding in a nursery adjacent to the zoo's giraffe exhibit and will slowly be introduced to the herd.
—Photograph by Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo

Chattanooga, Tennessee, August 20, 2008--Hey, are those eyes in the back of your head? A newly hatched, half-dollar-sized Beal's four-eyed turtle looks up at the Tennessee Aquarium.

The turtle gets its name from the white markings on the back of its head, though they are not actually eyes.

The IUCN lists the Beal's four-eyed turtles as an endangered species. Once common throughout China, they are harvested for food and traditional medicine.
—Photograph by Todd Stailey/Tennessee Aquarium


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