1. I’ve gotten two inbox messages asking for pictures of my paw tattoos (one of them magically got deleted, so sorry to whoever that was). Just got a shot back from a fashion show thing I did and I thought this was a good picture of them. Still kind of debating whether to go all out and put pictures of myself on this tumblr or not since I’ve kept it private for a while. So, yeah awkward cropping. I guess it wouldn’t be that hard to find out who I am based on my tattoos, but whatever.

    I’ve gotten two inbox messages asking for pictures of my paw tattoos (one of them magically got deleted, so sorry to whoever that was). Just got a shot back from a fashion show thing I did and I thought this was a good picture of them. Still kind of debating whether to go all out and put pictures of myself on this tumblr or not since I’ve kept it private for a while. So, yeah awkward cropping. I guess it wouldn’t be that hard to find out who I am based on my tattoos, but whatever.

    5 months ago  /  12 notes

  2. doubledoppio said: Hi ah sorry, do you have pictures of your paw tattoos on your feet? If you don't that's fine I'm just curious if you like to share !

    I have three posts with pictures of my paw tattoos up on my tumblr right now.
    Here
    http://vixengold.tumblr.com/post/82263002730/since-apparently-a-lot-of-people-are-on-this-whole
    Here
    http://vixengold.tumblr.com/post/46915660925/so-the-last-time-i-posted-pictures-of-my-red-fox

    And Here
    http://vixengold.tumblr.com/post/41723432414/frameacloud-vixengold-this-tattoo-was

    If you would like to see something in particular about my tattoos feel free to let me know and I’d be happy to take some more photos for you. I’m hoping soon to get a photoshoot with my friend where I get some full body shots in the forest with my paws as a main focal point.

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  3. kioskstuck:

otter-cha0s:

tanxsinx:

ichthyologist:

Scientists Successfully Implant Lungs into Fish
Scientists have successfully created a goldfish that is capable of breathing atmospheric air. Using advanced microsurgery techniques, researchers at the New South Wales Veterinary Institute implanted a pair of frog lungs into the fish, which survived out of water for 2 hours.
The lungs were connected to the respiratory surface that were naturally found in the gills. The fish was able to conduct gas exchange through the lungs instead of the gills, which allowed it to breath in a terrestrial environment. A very humid chamber was constructed for the goldfish so that it did not dehydrate.
Find out more
Image: KSL.org

why

SCIENCE ISN’T ABOUT WHY IT’S ABOUT WHY NOT

i don’t think you guys understand how important this is if we’re able to put lungs in fish it means we may be able to put gills in humans which means we’re one step closer to becoming mermaids

    kioskstuck:

    otter-cha0s:

    tanxsinx:

    ichthyologist:

    Scientists Successfully Implant Lungs into Fish

    Scientists have successfully created a goldfish that is capable of breathing atmospheric air. Using advanced microsurgery techniques, researchers at the New South Wales Veterinary Institute implanted a pair of frog lungs into the fish, which survived out of water for 2 hours.

    The lungs were connected to the respiratory surface that were naturally found in the gills. The fish was able to conduct gas exchange through the lungs instead of the gills, which allowed it to breath in a terrestrial environment. A very humid chamber was constructed for the goldfish so that it did not dehydrate.

    Find out more

    Image: KSL.org

    why

    SCIENCE ISN’T ABOUT WHY IT’S ABOUT WHY NOT

    i don’t think you guys understand how important this is if we’re able to put lungs in fish it means we may be able to put gills in humans which means we’re one step closer to becoming mermaids

    (via susitar)

    5 months ago  /  196,924 notes  /  Source: ichthyologist

  4. Oh please. Vegans are so predictable. When they can’t argue against the fact that animals are killed in the production and storing of crops, they pull out the “INTENT” card. Well guess what, sugar britches. Dead is dead. Intent doesn’t matter to the animals that are killed by tractor, plow, harvester and pesticides. Intent doesn’t matter when animals are displaced by habitat destruction and die as a result of increased competition for fewer resources. Or what about those animals that are killed in order to protect crops in the fields, grain elevators and warehouses? And while you may not intend animals to be killed when a farmer cultivates his field, the farmer has to know that his actions are resulting in the death of animals. If you do something knowing it will kill then you intend to kill.

    It has been suggested that a vegan diet kills more animals… causing more suffering and doing more harm… than a diet that includes meat from ruminants raised and finished on pasture or from hogs and birds raised on pasture and supplemented with food and agricultural waste. This is a reasonable suggestion. It is also a FACT that converting a parcel of land from crop production to pasture will increase both the number of animals and the types of species living on that land. Knowing this, if your intent in choosing a diet is truly to do the least harm and cause the least suffering, you will end your veganism and start looking for food from animals that are raised and finished on pasture with any supplemental feeds coming from food waste and agricultural waste. If, on the other hand, you are motivated by a desire to maintain a holier-than-thou attitude then you will remain a vegan.

    One more time…

    If your diet includes meat from animals that are raised on pasture and/or food and agricultural waste, fewer animals may be killed so you can eat because you are not relying on crops alone for those nutrients. The meat that comes from raising ruminants on pasture doesn’t kill as many animals as relying on crops to replace the nutrients and calories that comes from the meat. Once again, it has been estimated that 20 field mice are killed in order to grow the wheat that goes into making ONE loaf of bread. When I raise a lamb or kid on summer pasture, one animal dies in order to provide me with roughly 30 to 60 pounds of meat. Do the math.

    As for fish, last time I checked, they were still animals. Farm-raised (CAFO) fish are also fed the same grain and soy byproducts that are used to raise hogs and poultry in CAFOs or to fatten steers in feedlots, while the population of wild fish are threatened by overfishing. Oh, and by the way, willfully ignoring or downplaying the destruction caused by cultivating crops because it flies in the face of your religion is quite intentional.

    http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/04/butter-not-that-bad (via sabelmouse)

    (via howtoskinatiger)

    5 months ago  /  174 notes  /  Source: sabelmouse

  5. thedailypibble:

PSA from Manchester Animal Shelter (FB):

Is this a cute picture? Do you see “cute” pictures of your friends’ kids on FB? No it isn’t cute, it’s an accident waiting to happen. That is not the look of love in that dog’s eyes, it’s the look of stress. Everything about this dog’s body language says he wants some space. The wide eyes (known as whale eye), the ears back and the tense body are all indicators that the dog doesn’t like what’s being done to him.
A relaxed dog would have soft eyes, ears in a neutral position and body would be loose. Placing your dog and your child in situations like these are not only dangerous but setting your dog up for failure - it’s not just “aggressive” dogs that bite. Even non-aggressive dogs can get scared or lose patience. 
Let’s be clear this can be ANY breed dog. 
As ambassadors of bully breeds it is our responsibility to protect our dogs (and the children of course) from situations that could affect their livelihood. One bite regardless if accidental only adds to the stigma we all fight so hard against. Teaching children how to respect a dog’s space is the first step in teaching bite prevention. Remember all dogs have their limits, why test it?


As someone very good at reading canine body language, it amazes me how many times I’ve had to warn adult friends and family that their dog is really stressed out. You’d think if you had a pet you’d learn that animal’s body language.Once pretty much the exact situation listed above happened, and I warned the family that their dog was stressed and should be left alone for a while. They laughed it off and assured me that he was a, “Good people dog” and didn’t do anything. Literally a minute later the dog snapped at someone. I’m quite happy I was there, because I’m not sure what they would have done to their dog if I didn’t convince them he had been warning them with body language and didn’t “just snap” or something.

    thedailypibble:

    PSA from Manchester Animal Shelter (FB):

    Is this a cute picture? Do you see “cute” pictures of your friends’ kids on FB? No it isn’t cute, it’s an accident waiting to happen. That is not the look of love in that dog’s eyes, it’s the look of stress. Everything about this dog’s body language says he wants some space. The wide eyes (known as whale eye), the ears back and the tense body are all indicators that the dog doesn’t like what’s being done to him.

    A relaxed dog would have soft eyes, ears in a neutral position and body would be loose. Placing your dog and your child in situations like these are not only dangerous but setting your dog up for failure - it’s not just “aggressive” dogs that bite. Even non-aggressive dogs can get scared or lose patience.

    Let’s be clear this can be ANY breed dog.

    As ambassadors of bully breeds it is our responsibility to protect our dogs (and the children of course) from situations that could affect their livelihood. One bite regardless if accidental only adds to the stigma we all fight so hard against. Teaching children how to respect a dog’s space is the first step in teaching bite prevention. Remember all dogs have their limits, why test it?

    As someone very good at reading canine body language, it amazes me how many times I’ve had to warn adult friends and family that their dog is really stressed out. You’d think if you had a pet you’d learn that animal’s body language.

    Once pretty much the exact situation listed above happened, and I warned the family that their dog was stressed and should be left alone for a while. They laughed it off and assured me that he was a, “Good people dog” and didn’t do anything. Literally a minute later the dog snapped at someone. I’m quite happy I was there, because I’m not sure what they would have done to their dog if I didn’t convince them he had been warning them with body language and didn’t “just snap” or something.

    (via susitar)

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  6. jaws-and-claws:

Hungary, Imperial eagle by VittorioRicci on Flickr.

    jaws-and-claws:

    Hungary, Imperial eagle by VittorioRicci on Flickr.

    (via howtoskinatiger)

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  7. ispeakforthewolves:

    catsteaks:

    A trapper discussing why trappers get so much flack, why trapping is done, and why it’s still needed for the environment.

    "These animals don’t know when to stop multiplying, that’s what they’re here for. It’s a renewable resource, it’s the perfect kind of resource. Now, I’m not saying to go out there and kill them all, that’s not what we do, we take a selected number. People with a whole lot better education than me; they know the numbers that we need to take out, and they give us the numbers and we go by the numbers.
    Mother Nature doesn’t know how to ‘kindly’ kill an animal. When animals get out of control and there’s too many of them, disease and starvation sets in. Those are the killers that Mother Nature has provided.”

    Well humans dont know when to stop multiplying ether, and I dont see anyone killing them. we have widespread disease and starvation.

    I am confused because your tone seems to be that you are against the claims of the original post, yet your argument agrees with it? Indeed, humans have not hit their S curve yet. Humans are multiplying and stressing natural resources in a detrimental way. As of right now, humans don’t have any major animal predators (if you stuck us without a gun in front of a lion, yes we would be lion chow, but lions aren’t exactly hunting us down. I guess you could argue that humans are predators against other humans if you wanted to go that route with war and such). Because of this, Mother Nature has provided us with some less than pleasant diseases and starvation (mostly in certain centers) to curb our numbers. This is was happens with animals without predators. A good example is mange and rabies, something that usually only occurs on a broad scale when an area is overpopulated. In many areas humans have wiped out certain animal’s natural predators, so either the animals get taken out by disease and starvation (often to the detriment of the environment around them), or humans take over role as predator. Thus far, it can be argued that no animal predator has stepped up to become the big dog in curbing human population, but viruses and bacteria have. The original post isn’t saying that overpopulation spurs predators to hunt, it argues that without hunting mother nature will provide her own methods (namely disease and starvation). And as such, hunting is beneficial to the hunters and in the long run to the overpopulated or maintained population hunted.

    5 months ago  /  164 notes  /  Source: rickyhitler

  8. catsteaks:

    A trapper discussing why trappers get so much flack, why trapping is done, and why it’s still needed for the environment.

    "These animals don’t know when to stop multiplying, that’s what they’re here for. It’s a renewable resource, it’s the perfect kind of resource. Now, I’m not saying to go out there and kill them all, that’s not what we do, we take a selected number. People with a whole lot better education than me; they know the numbers that we need to take out, and they give us the numbers and we go by the numbers.
    Mother Nature doesn’t know how to ‘kindly’ kill an animal. When animals get out of control and there’s too many of them, disease and starvation sets in. Those are the killers that Mother Nature has provided.”

    (via howtoskinatiger)

    5 months ago  /  164 notes  /  Source: rickyhitler

  9. Anonymous said: Why are there so many Wolves, Foxes and Cats out there? Like, there are billions of animals, why just Wolves? Does nobody feel like they are a kiwi or some non popular animal?

    susitar:

    There are therians that are “non-impressive animals”. Small birds, fishes, insects, rodents… They do exist.

    But, yes, there are a lot of carnivores. It’s hard to say why without knowing what causes therianthropy or what makes a certain therian have a specific theriotype. Here are some possible explanations:

    1. People who aren’t therians, but want to be, usually pretend to have a “cool” theriotype. This would explain a lot of the strange colour morphs or other versions of the animals (white tigers, blue-eyed wolves, black cougars etc).
    2. The therian community (back then called the were community) first formed on a discussion board for werewolf fans. This probably makes it easier for people who can connect their experiences to werewolf stories to find the therian community. The language of the therian community is still quite wolf-centric: weres, howls, graymuzzle… Just to mention the names of some of the larger therian forums: werelist, wulf howl, awereness… So my guess is that carnivores have an easier time to find the therian community.
    3. Related to this - I think carnivores tend to stick around longer. Once a community has gathered a certain flavour, where certain experiences are more common than others, people who don’t “fit in” might leave. Maybe all this talk about hunting instincts, quadrupedal movement, tails etc are scaring off the ducks and butterflies? I remember quite a number of “unusual” therians coming to werelist, but a lot of stop posting as well…
    4. Maybe, for some reason, there actually exists more wolf and tiger therians than kiwi therians? For instance, if therianthropy has a psychological cause, then maybe there is something about these animals that makes them easy to relate to. If therianthropy has a spiritual cause, then maybe certain reincarnations just happen more often or whatever. We can’t really know.

    5. Maybe people with unusual theriotypes, animals that are not well-known, can’t connect their feelings or behaviours with the animal. They might just shrug it off as “being weird”. For instance, a person who feels like hunting deer in a pack, to howl and experiences a phantom tail, could quite easily come to think about canines. But what if you experience phantom rounded ears, like grass and sometimes do a grunting sound while chewing - would you recognise that this mirrors a rock hyrax if you’ve never even heard of the animal? So even if you might feel vaguely “unhuman”, if you don’t know how to narrow it down, you might never feel like searching for contact with others.

    tl;dr: I agree that there are a lot of wolves, big cats etc. But I can’t say for sure why that is.

    Wow, sorry I’m just reblogging all of you today but I enjoy a lot of your posts (and this is me coming out of tumblr hibernation). This question seems to come up a lot, and I love all of your answers. Number 5 especially is one I had never considered, but one that I find incredibly compelling.

    5 months ago  /  25 notes  /  Source: susitar