It is no secret that equine creatures have pretty big gums. It doesn’t matter if it’s a horse or a zebra, they are known to reveal their huge dentures along with their sparkly, pink gums. And as you can see, here is one classic example. A Plains Zebra can be seen making a facial pose as if they are smiling.
Apparently, though, this kind of pose is normally associated with mating behavior. So it seems like someone is ready to procreate. Maybe it’s time for the cameraman in this part of the Kruger National Park to look the other way and let these zebras do the natural thing.
What Time Is It?
We are aware that many members of the animal kingdom need to sleep for long periods of time - a lot longer, in fact, than humans. While we don't know exactly how long Grey seals sleep for, it seems like this pup may have been woken up by the photographer and is not happy about it in the slightest.
It looks like they woke up on the wrong side of the field and need at least a few more hours worth of sleep before they're ready to start their day. Word of advice - never prematurely wake up a seal, they are not the happiest animals when this happens.
To be honest, we are not entirely sure if Verreaux's Sifaka (yes, that's their name) is getting in the mood for dancing or if they are getting into a pose to start a fight with someone. Maybe they combine the two, like an animalistic version of capoeira.
This beautiful creature hails from the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar and is very mobile and always up for some mischief. But if you rub them up the wrong way, they will want to start some kind of confrontation, as you can see here. There's also a chance they could be running away from a much bigger predator - so there's that.
You know, animals and birds need to do their fair share of exercise too, you know. This pelican was caught in a pretty abnormal position, appearing to stretch its neck and long beak. If we couldn't see its eye, we would have no idea where its head started and ended.
It just goes to show how different birds are built in comparison to mammals. With their wings, feathers, beaks, and ability to lay eggs, they are so unique and majestic to look at. Normally, this would be a standard position for a pelican chick waiting to be fed by its mother. But this doesn't look like a chick.
Battle to the Last Feather
Sibling rivalry is a phenomenon that is prevalent across the animal kingdom. Whether you're a human, a lion, a monkey, a rhino, a dog, or a fish, you're ultimately competing with your brothers and sisters for the approval of your parents, for the most food, and ultimately, survival.
This is also the case in the aviary community. As you can see, these two sparrows don't let their familial connection get in the way of a fight. While balancing on a branch, they peck at each other, for what we reason, we don't know. Maybe one chirped something offensive to the other.