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Baby Lynx

A tagged baby lynx. Image by the USFWS.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has a beautiful baby animal post on their blog right now. Click here to check it out.

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Tea Party

tea party sign

Animals at a tea party. Image taken in Portland, Oregon.

mummified kitten

The face of a mummified kitten. Image taken near Wolf Creek, Oregon.

Well, I couldn’t start off this special Halloween post without the Canterbury Kitten! Read about the Canterbury kitten from one of my previous posts here. One last photo of this kitten:

Mummified kitten

The side view of a mummified kitten. Image taken near Wolf Creek, Oregon.

Next up, deer skulls:

 

Deer skulls stick together
Two deer skulls, antlers entwined. Image taken at the California Academy of Sciences.

These two deer were battling when their antlers became intertwined and they were stuck. Struggling to get free, they eventually died, still stuck together. This is not uncommon in the deer world and is one of the hazards of competing.

Now, for the skull of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake:

 

Western Diamondback

A Western Diamondback Rattlesnake skull. Image taken at the California Academy of Sciences.

Only one set of fangs will be attached to a venom gland. Note how all of the teeth point inward, so a prey item can slide in easily, but not out.

Here’s the full skeleton of a gray whale:

Gray whale skeleton

A gray whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling at the California Academy of Sciences.

And a hominid skeleton:

Hominid skeleton

A hominid skeleton. Image taken at Museo Arqueologico in La Serena, Chile.

On Halloween last year, the California Academy of Sciences had a “coolest dead thing” contest for its employees. This mummified raccoon took the prize:

Mummified Raccoon

A mummified raccoon won the Prize at the California Academy of Sciences' "coolest dead thing" contest.

This was a really cool second place:

Stained frog specimen

A stained frog specimen. Image taken at the California Academy of Sciences.

And last but not least, here is another stained specimen, a fish:

Stained fish specimen

A back-lit stained fish specimen at the California Academy of Sciences.

And there you have it! Some mummies, skulls and skeletons for a Happy Halloween!

Mummified kitten

Mummified kitten discovered by Julia Reodica. Image taken in Wolf Creek, Oregon.

This kitten has an interesting story with it. Apparently, the previous tenant of our friend Julia Reodica’s former residence was a teacher of the year, who became a drug addict, and then a crazy cat lady. She was institutionalized and the building was cleaned and then Julia and her partner Noah moved in. As Julia was cleaning out her new home, she looked under a drawer and saw this face peaking out at her. She managed to get it out and stored it away. What an awesome specimen to have! And thank you Julia for having the common sense to keep this treasure and for sharing it with us.

shrunken heads

Shrunken heads. Image taken at the Museo Arqueologico in La Serena, Chile.

I know this is not a great photograph, but I had to include it because it is a great subject. Shrinking heads was common in the Andean region in pre-Columbian times. One of the reasons for doing this was to trap the spirit of the enemy so that it could not escape and seek revenge. Check out this website by Golden Chariot Productions for more information on the hows and whys of head shrinking. This site is specifically about the Shuar and is really fascinating.

Blue Whale Skeleton

Skeleton of a blue whale. Image taken at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, California.

This blue whale is an 87-foot female that was found washed ashore. Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived, as far as we know. I will definitely be having a post just on blue whales in the future. Here’s another cool shot of just its skull.

blue whale skull

Blue whale skull. Image taken at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, California.

two headed gopher snake

The skeleton of a two-headed gopher snake. Image taken at the California Academy of Sciences.

This snake lived at the Academy for over 22 years. It was definitely a school time favorite. Now its skeleton is on display in the “staff picks” section.

Stained fish skeleton

Stained fish skeleton. Image taken at the California Academy of Sciences.

Last but not least, I thought I’d put in this stained fish specimen. It is not uncommon in science to stain skeletons to allow for better visualization of each and every bone. This one in front of a light is a pretty cool one to see.