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I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:
Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
Lilies (Lilium sp.)
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
Yew (Taxus sp.)

Important info for cat friends!!!



Norwegian forest cats are the best.
They look like little snow lions.

The colloquial term for them is “skogkatten”.
They’re also called “fairy cats” in Norway, because they’re so pretty.
They run down trees headfirst.
They’re fricking gigantic and they purr really loud.
They literally walk over snow like motherloving Legolas.
In Norse mythology, skogkatts pull the goddess Freya’s carriage.
Who doesn’t want a carriage pulled by cats?
Viking cats. End of story.

Oh what a terrible thing it appears that I haven’t reblogged these glorious beasts this year yet

The black sea nettle(Chrysaora achlyos), sometimes informally known as the Black jellyfish or Sarlacc Jellyfish, is a species of jellyfish that can be found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The black sea nettle is considered a giant jelly; its distinctive purplish bell can reach over three feet (91 cm) in diameter; its lacy, pinkish oral arms can reach nearly 20 feet (6 m) in length and its stinging tentacles 25 feet (7.6 m) or more.




risingaboveeveryday: The tumblr “nowyoukno” just posted a “factoid” about “the extremely rare and majestic golden tiger”. Just thought I’d say something.

(Here is the post)

I’m posting this because I could not reply back to you…


TSA Turtle Tuesday: Indian Tent Turtle 
The Indian Tent Turtle (Pangshura tentoria) gets its name from the tent-like appearance of its shell. They can be found in Central and Northern India, Western Bangladesh and Southern Nepal. Young turtles start out eating an omnivorous diet and lean more towards herbivores as adults. They prefer large rivers and their tributaries, spending a great deal of time basking on banks, rocks and logs during the day. (A juvenile is pictured.)
(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

A voracious and opportunistic predator, the Atlantic sailfish is able to depress its pelvic fins into grooves along the side of the body, reducing drag as it moves through the water and making it one of the fastest recorded fish, capable of attaining speeds of up to 110 kilometres per hour (68mph).  When feeding, the Atlantic sailfish will often herd shoals of fish into a tight group, known as a ‘bait ball’, using its dorsal fin. The sailfish will then thrash from side to side at great speed using its bill to stun the schooling fish on impact, before leisurely picking off those that are injured.



Meow meow!
As much as I wish for every kitty to have a loving home, that’s simply not realistic! These TNR kitties help to prevent countless homeless and unwanted kittens whose lives would only go to waste. 
You can learn more about TNR and caring for your local strays by visiting Alley Cat Allies, the organization which began the program!

Hooded pitohui. (Pitohui dichrous)
A poisonous bird? Rad.
The hooded pitohui - alongside its two other close relatives (Variable pitohui & Rusty pitohui) - was the first ever bird to be documented as poisonous.
This bird is seriously so awesome. Its feathers and skin contain the exact same poison that is found in Poison Dart Frogs. This chemical is actually the most powerful natural toxin known to man. It’s not present in very high quantities though, so for the most part these birds will only cause numbness, tingling and other minor symptoms when touched (basically they’re not deadly unless you got like 50 of them and rubbed them all over your face). 
It’s thought that the bird gets its poison from its diet; which is mainly Choresine beetles.
Things learnt today:
Birds are rad on so many levels.
Do not cover your face in Hooded pitohuis.
Anyone who tells you that birds are boring is wrong and clearly just jealous of the majestic wonder that is the Hooded pitohui.
Image: Mark Harper