Category Archives: animals

#AtoZChallenge – Raccoon

The raccoon is a medium sized, North American mammal that can adapt readily to living conditions – whether in the wild or urban setting. This masked marauder is adept at getting lids off garbage cans and scavenging through the contents looking for tasty tidbits that we, humans, have tossed aside.

By Creator:Dave Menke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
One of these furry bandits made the news this past week when it climbed up a construction crane in the city of Toronto. You can read about it at CTV news.

#AtoZChallenge – Quokka

The Quokka is a marsupial native to Southwestern Australia, particularly the islands off the coast. This little mammal is an herbivore and primarily nocturnal.

It has no fear of humans and will approach, however, it’s illegal for members of the public on Rottnest Island to handle the animals in any way. A$300 fine can be issued by the Rottnest Island Authority for doing so and prosecution of the offense can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

By GregTheBusker (Quokka Uploaded by berichard) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

#AtoZChallenge – Porcupine

The porcupine is a prickly mammal belonging to the rodent family. It eats leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants and in the winter, the North American variety will eat bark.

By Mattnad (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
The porcupine doesn’t ‘throw’ its quills like once thought but they tend to brush off. Anyone who owns a dog that’s had an encounter with a porcupine knows that the quills are difficult to remove and depending on how deeply they’ve been embedded into your pet, veterinary intervention maybe required to remove them.

By lamiot from Image:Stekelvarken.JPG (Image:Stekelvarken.JPG) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


#AtoZChallenge – Orangutan

The orangutan is an exclusively Asian ape. They are currently only found in the Borneo and Sumatra rainforests.

The reddish-brown orangutan spends most of its time in trees and primarily eats fruit but other things like vegetation, bark, honey, insects and bird eggs are consumed.


Orangutans are highly intelligent and one featured as Clint Eastwood’s sidekick “Clyde” in the movie Every Which Way But Loose.

#AtoZChallenge – Nilgai

The nilgai is the largest Asian Antelope. It’s found primarily in India although can also be found in southern Nepal and eastern Pakistan and is often spotted in scrub forest or farmland.

Mother and calves

By Lisa Purcell (catfan(AT)mindless()com) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
They avoid dense forests and prefer the plains and low shrubs eating grasses, leaves, buds and fruit.



#AtoZChallenge – Moose

Moose are the largest members of the deer family. These large herbivores eat shoots from trees, grass, nuts and aquatic plants.

Quite often during the winter, moose are drawn to the roads to like the salt that has been used to melt ice.

On a trip home from up north one summer, we decided to drive through Algonquin Park and are so glad we did. At one spot, the shoulder of the road was lined with cars so we knew there was an animal of some kind (moose, deer, bear) in the woods by the roadside. Parking the car, we ventured closer and there it was – a solitary young bull moose.

Young moose in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada


Young moose in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

As people pushed toward it from behind, my husband and I moved in the direction is was going and I was rewarded with some fantastic pictures of the large animal. We watched it for a long time before it took any interest in us and slowly ambled off further into the woods.

#AtoZChallenge – Leopard

The leopard is one of the five “big cats”. It is native to Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. It looks like the jaguar but is smaller and has been mistaken by times for the cheetah.

JanErkamp at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Leopards feature in heraldry and are on many coats of arms and flags.

In the film, Bringing Up Baby, “Baby” was a pet leopard.



#AtoZChallenge – Koala

The koala is often referred to as a “koala bear” which is inaccurate. These marsupials are herbivores and native to Australia – primarily along the east coast.

Their diet consists almost completely of eucalyptus leaves, which also provides them with water.

Koalas sleep about 20 hours a day, leaving them 4 hours to forage for food and other physical activities.

By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons