christmas is so much worse as you get older it’s like “what do you want this year?” “a sense of purpose”
"a career" "financial security" "a sex life" "tuition for grad school" "alcohol" "a nap" "socks would be nice"
A beautiful morning at the Adelie colony! The ocean water is rarely this still, and served as a perfect mirror to watch all the penguins peering in and discussing whether it’s safe to jump. “You go!” “No, you go!” “I went first last time!” “Tom never jumps first! It’s his turn!”
Nota bene to our untrained human ear this conversation sounds more like ACK ACK ACK ACK ACK.
Mouse decorates Christmas tree, is a genius.
Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
This is so cute! There are some better tricks but I’m feeling seasonal. I had no idea mice could do tricks like this! And this mouse is totally adorbs.
This little mouse is one of the first agility mice. Their trainer Marina keeps them as pets and teaches them little tricks ONLY through positive reinforcement. I for one think that’s great, animal companions should have plenty of mental stimulation! (btw, have you seen these puzzles for dogs? My Figgy is a fan!)
Marina is pretty much a mouse genius. She wants to show the world mice are smart! Maybe if people will listen, they won’t let them be used in scientific research constantly (sort of kind of eventually worked for chimpanzees)? I love this interview Marina did. Listen to her advice:
I find it important to note that mouse training is not as easy as it may seem in my videos. Unfortunately, some people spontaneously buy a mouse after seeing my videos and then are disappointed. Mice are highly sensitive, so you don’t just need background knowledge about positive animal training, but also much empathy for the feelings of the mice.
Only balanced and happy mice are trainable, and a mouse that has to spend its life alone in a 10 gallon tank will be chronically stressed. So the prerequisite for mouse training is species-appropriate keeping. Mice are highly social and must live in groups and in proper sized cages with enough enrichment. Their sensitivity and their nocturnal nature makes them unsuitable for children. They are demanding pets, not least because of their intelligence.
She also says she never fasts them (“can YOU concentrate better when you’re hungry?!”). Yup, all positive reinforcement.
I’m a little scared of mice—I don’t WANT to be! I just am! But I’m working on it. When you see these little guys, they are so cute, maybe it’ll make me less scared. Do any of you have pet mice? Do they know tricks?!
Note: It freaks me out that she says she feeds mice to her reptiles…I thought they were her friends?! Maybe it’s only after they’ve died? I don’t know.
I like how he/she tries to eat them before putting them on the tree. My kind of decorating.
"How to love your depressed lover.
Last night I thought I kissed the loneliness from out your belly button. I thought I did, but later you sat up, all bones and restless hands, and told me there is a knot in your body that I cannot undo. I never know what to say to these things. “It’s okay.” “Come back to bed.” “Please don’t go away again.” Sometimes you are gone for days at a time and it is all I can do not to call the police, file a missing person’s report, even though you are right there, still sleeping next to me in bed. But your eyes are like an empty house in winter: lights left on to scare away intruders. Except in this case I am the intruder and you are already locked up so tight that no one could possibly jimmy their way in. Last night I thought I gave you a reason not to be so sad when I held your body like a high note and we both trembled from the effort.
Some people, though, are sad against all reason, all sensibility, all love. I know better now. I know what to say to the things you admit to me in the dark, all bones and restless hands. “It’s okay.” “You can stay in bed.” “Please come back to me again."
I was sitting on sea ice when I heard a little peep over my shoulder.
Everyone knows once you make it upstairs youre safe
The Ribbon Seal (Histriophoca fasciata) is one of nine species of ice seals inhabiting the Arctic. What sets them apart is that they are physiologically and anatomically adapted to make deeper dives and swim faster than other seals. Also making them unique, ribbon seals run across ice by alternating their foreflippers and swinging their hindquarters as opposed to using the caterpillar-like movement used by most other seals. Ribbon seal pups are born all white, but after one year they begin to develop the signature dark body with light bands.
This is too cool! I’ve never heard of a ribbon seal before but it’s so pretty!