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24 Hours: Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
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Okay, time to get serious. I’m not going to look up Latin names anymore, and I’m going to try to keep my commentary as brief as possible. I’m too far behind, and I really have to meet this goal: 24 mammals, come what may! This black standard poodle is for Doris McDonald, aka the best-ever tooth puller! —————- Now playing: The Rolling Stones –...

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24 Hours: Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
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You may recall from the grizzly I drew a while back that it’s a subtype of this beautiful species, the brown bear. They’re just so big and heavy and shaggy. I really like them. This one, who has just caught a salmon for dinner, is for Kari. Well, it looks like I’m two mammals behind! I need to speed up...

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24 Hours: Alpaca (Lama pacos)
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Number 0088 Well, I’m not quite half done, and I’m already starting to feel a little They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Luckily, I have a 44-ounce vanilla Dr. Pepper here to see me through! I apologize to everyone who requested a mammal after I’d already gotten 24; I promise to draw your mammals and send you your art next week! Thank you for your...

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24 Hours: African Brush-Tailed Porcupine (Atherurus africanus)
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Number 0087 The African brush-tailed porcupine lives in Kenya, Gambia, and Zaire. It hangs out in caves during the day and is nocturnal to the point of not coming out if there’s a bright full moon. They attack their enemies by backing into them, releasing their spines from their backs. Yansci requested a porcupine, and Ted got to pick the...

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24 Hours: Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
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Number 0086 I’ve had a few requests for platypuses since I started this project, but I wanted to save it for a special occasion, which this is! While this platypus is most especially for Heather, it is also, in a way, for Allen and for Maggie. Maggie wants me to highlight the way the platypus produces milk. See, the female platypus does not have...

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24 Hours: Domesticated Donkey (Equus asinus)
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Number 0085 Hi Mom! Here’s your donkey! It’s too bad no one requested a lamb and a cow and a baby human, because this baby donkey looks like he’d fit right in at a nativity scene. I just realized, when I looked up the Latin name for donkeys, that the word asinine means, literally, ass-like, in the same way canine means dog-like and feline...

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24 Hours: Black Rat (Rattus rattus)
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Number 0084 Soon, it will be the year of the rat, which is why Ramona requested this fellow. She’s a rat herself—astrologically speaking—which is why we could call her Ratmona, but I don’t think we should. Black rats are also called roof rats, house rats, and ship rats, which I suppose gives us a good idea of where we can expect to find...

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24 Hours: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
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Number 0083 This might sound incredible to you, but I have to tell you, I know what this koala is dreaming about. Really! He’s dreaming about a little girl who lives in Philadelphia (a place he’s never even visited!). Her name is Claire, and this koala is dreaming about how much he’d like to be friends with...

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24 Hours: White Tent Bat (Ectophylla alba)
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Number 0082 I have to thank Elliot for introducing me to tent bats. I had never heard of them before. This particular tent-making bat species is also known as the Honduran white bat. It lives in Central America and is very small. Tent bats bite the ribs of big leaves to turn them into tents. Then they cuddle up under them to roost during...

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24 Hours: Spade-toothed Whale (Mesoplodon traversii)
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Number 0081 Whale, whale, whale, what have we here? It’s a whale skull! Neil requested this spade-toothed whale, giving me its Latin name and apology. Turns out, no one’s ever seen this animal. All we know of it is what we can gather from three skull parts that have washed up over the past 130 years or so. It’s pretty amazing that there are...

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24 Hours: Domesticated Ferret (Mustela putorius furo)
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Number 0080 Here’s a furry fellow for Ame in Houston. A healthy domestic ferret will sleep up to 20 hours a day. Think of all the mammals it could draw in that time if it wasn’t so lazy! Also, although I’d really like to look up putorius right now, since both the domestic ferret and the eastern spotted skunk have it in their names,...

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24 Hours: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
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Number 0079 Here’s a gray wolf for Jay. The gray wolf is the largest of the canines. It was once prevalent throughout the world; now it’s restricted mainly to northern North America, Asia, and Europe, with a few small populations surviving in western...

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24 Hours: Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius)
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Number 0078 Let’s kick off the mammal extravaganza with a flourish! Kyle requested this eastern spotted skunk. They actually do handstands like this, waving their tails about threateningly, as a warning when they’re about to spray! Ivan T. Sanderson, in How to Know the American Mammals, says that “like all skunks,” the eastern spotted skunks make “delightful, friendly, intelligent pets.” I think I would...

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…And she’s OFF!
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…And she’s OFF!

Dec 22, 2007 by

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in on Jennifer during her 24-hour Daily Mammal Marathon (or Mammalthon as we like to call it here at Daily Mammal Worldwide HQ). Jennifer got off to a bright fresh start just before 10:00 AM Mountain Time (Noon Eastern Time — duh), and as you can see from the photos, she was bright and cheery and ready for a...

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24 Mammals in 24 Hours Sold Out!
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The first-ever Daily Mammal special event, 24 Mammals in 24 Hours, looks to be a success, so far! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to Defenders of Wildlife and requested a mammal: 26 people in all! I’m going to leave the donations open for now, so if you want to donate at least $25, request a mammal, and get the original...

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24 Mammals in 24 Hours!
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I am pleased to announce the first-ever Daily Mammal special event: 24 MAMMALS IN 24 HOURS! On Saturday, December 22, I will be drawing a mammal every hour. That’s right, I’ll stay up all night, draw and scan like crazy, and post the mammals here for you to see. I’m not just doing this because it will be fun, though. It’s for a special...

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