Creature Feature

CREATURE FEATURE – Malayan Tiger

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Brady Barr stalks the Malayan Tiger in this week’s Creature Feature.

The Malayan Tiger is the smallest of the tiger species with an average length of 6.5 feet (probably just a bit bigger than your dad). They live exclusively on the Malay Peninsula of Southeast Asia and are the the national animal of Malaysia. They call the tiger ‘Pak Belang,’ which means ‘Uncle Stripes.’

This tiger’s scientific name is ‘panthera tigris jacksoni’ named after the conservationist, Peter Jackson. What animal would you want to be known for saving?


CREATURE FEATURE – Seagulls

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Tierney Thys visits the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It is located in Monterey, California, which is where her aquarium is! Today they release some seagulls that were getting their broken wings patched up.

We’re always learning more about how smart animals can be. Seagulls, for example, can learn and remember how to do things. One thing they do is stomp their feet in a group. This makes a noise like rain and tricks earthworms into coming to the surface, creating a feast!

They’ve also figured out they can drop hard-shelled mollusks (snails, clams, scallops, and oysters) on rocks to break them open so they can eat them all up! They fly high, take aim and LOOK OUT BELOW!!


CREATURE FEATURE – White Cheeked Gibbon

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Although gibbons are in the ape family they are know as ‘small’ apes. The average male only weighs about 12 pounds compared to about 350 pounds of the ‘great’ apes, gorillas.

Gibbons are also know to be the most vocal of the apes. They start every morning shouting, hooting and hollering for 30 minuets or more. The lets other gibbons know to stay away from their fruit trees.

It’s also very rare to see a gibbon on the ground. They’ll spend almost their entire lives in the trees. There’s also a fancy name for swinging from vine to vine, this is called brachiating (bray-key-a-ting).

For more facts watch Brady Barr as he stumbles upon these White Cheeked Gibbons in China.