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Tag: Animal of the week

May 30, 2011

In a recent 2 month expedition to Papua New Guinea’s Nakanai and Muller Mountain ranges scientists of Conservation International have discovered almost 200 new species of animals. Some of which included a totally adorable feather tailed possum, a frog small enough to sit on the nail of your little finger and a katydid (or a […]

May 23, 2011

Firstly I must apologise for Animal of the Week’s absence from the previous issue of Salient. Apparently the editorial team have downgraded this column from weekly, to whenever is convenient. However, I doubt you’ll get to read this apology as it will most likely get edited out… [Editors’ note: Ha! The joke’s on you, we […]

May 9, 2011

As a general rule, I say any animal that’s become a symbol for ironic hipster fashion loses any and all respect points. However, there’s an exception to every rule, and that is this week’s ‘Animal’. After all, the grey wolf, even when presented on a sweatshirt howling at the moon, is a total badass. Wolves […]

May 2, 2011

I went to the zoo during the mid-trimester break, as one does, and while I was there, I got to thinking about evolution. As one does. With some animals, it’s easy to see why they are how they are: the pygmy marmosets, for example, are tiny, so that they can hunt for insects along the […]

April 11, 2011

This week, we take on the role of a herpetologist. No need to fret—this has nothing to do with the study of genital infections, as its name might suggest. Rather, herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians; my personal favourite of which is the gastric brooding frog. This is a genus of frogs, consisting […]

April 4, 2011

Nils Olav is this week’s Animal of the Week. But who, or what, is Nils Olav, you might be asking? To answer that, I should use his full title: Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav of the Norwegian King’s Guard. In 1961 the King’s Guard visited Edinburgh and a member visited the zoo and became fascinated with […]

March 28, 2011

One of the most beautiful creatures living in the ocean is the seldom-seen Venus’ flower basket. This creature is a bioluminescent sponge (that’s right—sponges are animals) found deep on the ocean floor around Philippines and Japan. But what makes Venus’ flower basket badass enough to join the ranks of other illustrious Animals of The Week? […]

March 21, 2011

This week, we look at one of Hungary’s greatest national treasures: the komondor dog. This obscure-looking breed of dog has been around for almost five centuries, and it’s looked super fly the whole time. The komondor is often referred to as the mop dog, and it’s not hard to see why: it looks like it […]

March 14, 2011

In the spirit of being PC, let’s give some AOTW attention to one of the smaller critters that bless our planet: the bullet ant. To be honest, they’re total bastards. Their namesake, and their chief unpleasant trait (although there are a few to choose from), is their excruciating sting, which has been likened to the […]