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Facebook Friends: Japan: Japanese Weasel (Mustela itatsi)
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Number 0455 Today we continue appreciating the people who have liked the Daily Mammal on Facebook with a look at a mammal of Japan, where three of the Daily Mammal Facebook likers live. In 2011, my daughter Coco and I drew Japanese mammals, including some endemic to the country, and sold our drawings to benefit the American Red Cross and a Japanese animal shelter...

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Geoffroy Week: Geoffroy’s Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
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Number 0430 Here is the penultimate representative of Geoffroy Week, of a Friday evening. It’s hailing outside and my house keeps losing power, so let’s keep it brief. Geoffroy’s cat, known as gato montés or gato-do-mato–grande by its bipedal neighbors, lives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It was once known as the wood-cat, though it lives not only in forests but grasslands...

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Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac)
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Number 0404 The corsac fox is a nomadic, nocturnal, social resident of the steppes and semi-deserts of central Asia, from Russia and other former Soviet states to Mongolia and China and down to Afghanistan and Iran. It lives in the abandoned burrows of other animals, and it eats rodents, pikas, birds, insects, and plants. Walker’s Mammal’s of the World says that “it runs with...

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Indian Grey Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii)
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Number 0399 Mammals, my mammals, it has been so very long since I have seen you, or at least since you have seen me. Life is hard, and also this website was hacked. Many months (or perhaps more than a year: I don’t dare actually look) have passed, and now I have a new web host (Brownrice Internet, highly recommended), a website that will...

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My pets (Minnie)
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My pets (Minnie)

Apr 5, 2012 by

By Coco Here is my 3rd post about my pets! Her name is Minnie! Here is some facts about her! Hope you enjoy them!! Minnie is My best friend!! She comforts me when I’m feeling down, she kisses me when I need some loving! She is so comforting! Everything is perfect about her! Well not everything… She’s not very good at getting a walk....

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My pets (Jojo)
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My pets (Jojo)

Mar 30, 2012 by

By Coco This is my next post for the section My pets. And my next animal’s name is Jojo. Here is some information about him. Jojo, hmm where do we start with Jojo!!? Jojo is a whole new world of dogs! He isn’t a regular dog. I wouldn’t say he’s weird, but I would say he is special. He doesn’t know how to play!...

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My pets  (Marty)
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My pets (Marty)

Mar 28, 2012 by

By Coco Hello everybody!!! For a few days I’m going to be drawing and writing about my pets. Here is the first one. His name is Marty! Marty is a very good boy… That is if he likes you.:D  When I first met him he barked and growled at me and he just thought I was his enemy!! And he made me think that...

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Lion (Panthera leo)
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By Coco Hello everybody! Today I drew a male lion! Here are some interesting facts about them! -Male lions weigh 350-400 pounds!! -They are 3 ft tall from the shoulders down and they are 9 ft long including the tail. -In the wild they live for 10- 14 years but they could live for about 20 years! -They are capable of running 30 mph!...

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What I’ve Been Doing
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I’ve been wanting to write a post about the animals killed near Zanesville, Ohio, last week, but I’m not sure how to say everything I want to say. I did have the idea, though, to draw a tribute to the 49 unfortunate mammals who died, and I’ve been working on it the past several days, which is one reason why there hasn’t been a...

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Primorye Week: Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris)
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Before we leave Primorye at the end of our weekish-long visit, we must pay tribute to the tiger, the animal that inspired the book that inspired this week’s theme. Early in The Tiger, John Vaillant says, “If Russia is what we think it is, then tigers should not be possible there. After all, how could a creature so closely associated with stealth and grace...

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Primorye Week: Leopard (Panthera pardus)
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Number 0394 Today, we visit the smallest of the big cats at home in Primorye, a fascinatingly diverse region of far eastern Russia that you can read a bit more about in last Monday’s post on the musk deer. In that post, I quoted John Valliant’s The Tiger in saying that only in Primorye, and nowhere else in the world, “can a wolverine, brown...

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Primorye Week: Sable (Martes zibellina)
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Number 0391 Welcome back to Primorye, an ecologically diverse region in the far east of Russia that we’re visiting this week. (Read Monday’s musk deer post for more about the area.) Today’s mammal is the sable, he of the beautiful coat, prized by rich ladies the world over. Sables are carnivores, related to weasels, skunks, ferrets, and so on, and they live in Finland,...

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Banded Linsang (Prionodon linsang)
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Number 0386 The banded linsang is a viverrid, a carnivore in the style of civets and genets: slender, long, cat-like hunters, graceful of movement and beautiful of coat. Banded linsangs live in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. They make nests out of sticks and leaves between tree roots or in burrows, and they eat small mammals, such as squirrels and spiny rats; birds...

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Coyote (Canis latrans)
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Here’s an idea! Why don’t I point you to two embarrassingly bad old drawings in a row? I drew the coyote as mammal number 65, way back in 2007 (oh God, it’s been four years and I have barely a year’s worth of mammals…). Look how my drawing style has changed: very much for the better, yes? Looking over that post is bittersweet because...

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Tibetan Fox (Vulpes ferrilata)
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Number 0375 By request! A Tibetan sand fox, which is also known as a Tibetan fox or as a sand fox. These foxes live on the Tibetan Plateau in India, China, Nepal, and Tibet. The Tibetan Plateau is both the largest and the highest plateau in the world, and I know from Coco’s school report on Tibet this year that it’s called the roof...

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Japan Benefit: タヌキ (Raccoon Dog) (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
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Today is the final day of our fundraising effort to help Japan. These two drawings, along with the few that remain from earlier in the week, are for sale, with their entire purchase price going to help people and animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March—half to the American Red Cross, half to Animal Refuge Kansai, an animal shelter in Japan. Please...

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Japan Benefit: イリオモテヤマネコ (Iriomote Cat) (Prionailurus iriomotensis)
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All week, my daughter Coco and I are selling our drawings of Japanese mammals to raise funds for Japan! If you buy one of them, whether matted or unmatted, your entire purchase price will go to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami: half to the American Red Cross, half to Animal Refuge Kansai, a Japanese animal shelter taking in homeless pets. Please...

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Japan Benefit: テン (Japanese Marten) (Martes melampus)
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This week we’re selling our drawings to benefit Japan! You can buy an original drawing by me or by my daughter Coco, we can mat it for you or leave it as-is, and the best part is that not only do you get a unique work of art, you also get to help people and animals affected by the tsunami and earthquake of earlier...

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Bushy-tailed Olingo (Bassaricyon gabbii)
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Number 0363 Sadly, my long mammal-posting streak was broken yesterday…because I jumped off a rock and broke my calcaneus, the big bone at the bottom of the heel. It hurts like mad! But while I recuperate, I will try to keep up the mammaling. Today’s mammal is the bushy-tailed olingo, which lives in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Colombia. It is a procyonid,...

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Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)
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Number 0359 Today marks two straight weeks of mammals! How do you like them apples? Also, if you look to the right at today’s mammal’s number, you will see that sometime next week, if we continue on this track, we will complete a year’s worth of “daily” mammals! And it will have taken us less than four years… Moving right along, my mom requested...

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Mating Week: Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)
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Number 0353 There’s so much to say about elephant seals, and yet it’s so distasteful. These guys are rapists and baby-killers. Their necks are discolored by scars incurred during mating or fighting for mates, and one of my books, Wonders of Animal Life from 1928, lists “Sea elephants, frightfulness” in its index. In Living Mammals of the World, Ivan T. Sanderson says that they...

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Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus)
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Number 0349 The gray seal lives in the north Atlantic, separated into three isolated populations. The seal’s scientific name, Halichoerus grypus, means “hooked-nose sea pig,” and refers to the male gray seal’s distinctively long nose. (The one I drew is a female. Sorry.) This seal’s numbers are increasing throughout its...

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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
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Number 0348 Red foxes live pretty much everywhere in the entire northern hemisphere. Not around here, though. Oh, well. They are not threatened by much, other than fancy-fur-coat-wearing ladies, and the IUCN lists them as a species of “least concern.” They thrive in urban and suburban areas, and the more humans encroach on their habitats, the happier they seem to...

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World Cup: Honduras’ Tayra (Eira barbara)
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Number 0340 We’re now in the last group of competitors in the World Cup. Just four more countries, including this one, and we’re all done with our look at the soccer tournament. Today’s mammal is the tayra, representing Honduras. It’s a mustelid, or a member of the weasel family, that is quite common in Central and South America. Tayras are not picky eaters. They...

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World Cup: Portugal’s Common Genet (Genetta genetta)
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Number 0337 This crazy-looking drawing is of a common genet, also called a small-spotted genet (I think the hyphen is important, but not everyone uses it) or a European genet. It’s representing Portugal in Group G of the Mammals of the World Cup series. It’s a carnivore in the Viverridae family, with the civets and linsangs. It lives in Europe, Africa, and the Middle...

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World Cup: Group E
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World Cup: Group E

Jun 29, 2010 by

Number 0328 Hi, mammals! I think I’ll be on track to finish the Mammals of the World Cup on schedule with the actual World Cup if I post all of Group E today and then get back to once-a-day tomorrow. (Whether I will succeed is still unknown, as life has been pretty stressful around here. But I’m trying!) Also, I’m really not doing my...

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World Cup: Serbia’s Marbled Polecat (Vormela peregusna)
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Number 0324 Today marked the end of the first stage of play in the World Cup, and the Round of 16 is set. Unfortunately, today’s country, Serbia, did not make it through, but no matter. The marbled polecat (our second mustelid in a row, by the way) still has a chance in the World Cup of Mammals! Marbled polecats (who make me hungry with...

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World Cup: Slovenia’s Beech Marten (Martes foina)
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Number 0323 The World Cup continues and so do the mammals! Today we have a beech marten from Slovenia. Also called the stone marten, the beech marten is pretty widespread in Europe and Asia. It lives in forests, nests in cozy crevices and hollows, and eats rodents, birds and their eggs, and berries. In researching the beech marten, I learned a new word: commensal,...

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World Cup: USA’s American Badger (Taxidea taxus)
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Number 0321 Do you realize that I’m currently on my longest-ever mammal streak? Three weeks and counting. I’m sure it’s bound to break any day now, so let’s continue enjoying the mammals from the 32 countries competing in the World Cup. Today it’s my own home, the USA, and the American badger, which I admit I picked because I regretted that I already drew...

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World Cup: South Korea’s Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
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Number 0316 Having dispensed with the countries of Group A, let’s start looking at the World Cup’s Group B with South Korea and its leopard cat. The leopard cat is a small wild cat—generally not much bigger than a housecat—that’s widespread throughout Asia. The subspecies in Korea, Prionailurus bengalensis euptailurus, is one of the bigger subspecies, and actually looks pretty different from most of...

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Colocolo (Leopardus colocolo)
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Number 0308 There are far more cat species than I realized. My Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals lists 29 small cats, plus seven big cats. The domestic cat is a subspecies of one of the wildcat, Felis silvestris. Or it might be its own species, F. catus. The neat thing about taxonomy is that it has room for differing opinions, and it’s always changing. Today’s...

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Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
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Number 0292 The only bear from South America, the spectacled bear lives in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. It gets its name, of course, from its professorial appearance, and it’s also known as the Andean bear, or ucumari in a native Andean language. The bear is a small one, as bears go, with males weighing up to 340 pounds and females only up...

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