Our Animal Diary

The Butterfly
A butterfly 🦋 is a usually day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera. They are grouped together in the suborder Rhopalocera. We know, a total mouthful! But, they're pretty! Butterflies are closely related to moths, from which they evolved. The earliest discovered...
The Hamster
Hamsters 🐹 have become established as popular small house pets. They are a bit like a mouse. Wild hamsters live in the desert, but people all over the world keep domesticated hamsters as pets. In the wild, hamsters are crepuscular...
The Pygmy Owl
The Pygmy owl is small and has a long tail 🦉 consisting of about 31 to 35 species and distributed worldwide 🌎 It has shiny yellow eyes, it's feathers are a reddish-brown speckled with white. The pygmy owl perches at a...
The Sunfish
Female Sunfish or otherwise known as, "Mola 🐟 Mola" can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate, up to 300,000,000 at a time! 😲 The ocean sunfish can weigh as much as 2 tons and has a laterally flattened main body, yet a...
The Axolotl
Axolotls should not be confused with waterdogs! 🐟  Neither should they be confused with mudpuppies. 🐠  We know... it sounds crazy but it's true. One of the most unique animals out there. Their heads are wide, and their eyes are lidless. Their...
The Roseate Spoonbill
The Roseate Spoonbill! A mouthful for sure, but a gregarious and graceful bird nonetheless. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs 🐸...
The Moose
The Moose 🦌 an often overlooked majestic cold-adapted mammal.  The moose became extinct in Britain during the Bronze Age, long before the European arrival in the Americas. The moose is a herbivore and is capable of consuming many types of plant...
The Robin
Happy 2020! ✨ The United Kingdom's national bird, and a world favorite! 🐦The red chested robin is common throughout folklore, holidays, and cultures. The general robin population is estimated to be over 320million!  The American robin is active mostly during...
The Penguin
The word penguin 🐧 first appears in the 16th century as a synonym for great auk! The great auk is a species of flightless alcid that became extinct in the mid-19th century.  When European explorers discovered what are today known as...
The Salamander
Our small and perhaps slithery little friends! The salamanders. Quick Facts 🦎 The skin of salamanders, in common with other amphibians, is thin, permeable to water, serves as a respiratory membrane, and is well-supplied with glands. Their skin is renewed...
The Tiger
 As beautiful as they are fierce, this is not a kitten you'd want to mess with! 🐅 Today's nugget of knowledge is the tiger. Much like cats, when tigers are comfortable, they exhibit what's called, "chuffing" — soft, low-frequency snorting similar...
The Owl
Hoot hoot! Owls... peculiar, intelligent, and precariously beautiful🦉 Today's nugget of knowledge is the long-eared owl! The long-eared owl species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, of the family Strigidae. This owl shows...
The Polar Bear
Winter is coming! And for many of us, it's already here. The polar bear has no need to bundle up because they live off of FAT reserves! ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ Polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea...
The Hen & The Rooster
Hens or otherwise known as chickens 🐔 are one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a total population of more than 19 billion as of 2011.  Where did they come from?  Genetic studies have pointed to multiple maternal...
The Crocodile
This week's nugget of knowledge is the crocodile! 🐊 Fearsome and most gruesome cold-blooded predators, their metabolisms are slow and can survive long periods without food. Crocodiles have the most acidic stomach of any vertebrate. They can easily digest bones,...
The Wild Boar
Today's nugget of knowledge for you and your little ones is the Wild Boar! A favorite as it is commonly associated with the pig 🐷 The official name is the Eurasian wild pig as it is present in areas of...
The Unicorn
A long history of myth, legend, and enthrallment, the unicorn has existed for a very long time. There's no question of its rarity, beauty, and grace! 🦄 ✨ The unicorn is often used as a symbol of fantasy or rarity. The horn itself...
The Black Cat
Happy Halloween! From our very own, friendly black kitty! He's casting all kinds of spells! The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. Pirates of the 18th century believed that a black cat would bring different kinds of...