This strange-looking creature is a ringtail, sometimes called the ringtail cat or miner’s cat, and these critters are actually part of the raccoon family native to North America. They’re a pretty rare sight to see as they are mostly nocturnal and spend most of their sunshine hours sleeping in their dens.
Ringtails are very cute and interesting animals, known for the distinctive black and white rings on their tails. They have grayish-brown fur on their back and along their sides, with a cream-colored underbelly. They also have dark patches around their eyes, which may help to reduce glare when hunting at night.
Tasting the Camera
What an adorable picture of this deer who has come to see how the camera tastes! Is it as tasty as it is shiny? We wouldn't think so, but that didn't stop this deer! Deer are known for being curious animals and are keen to investigate their surroundings, for better or worse.
Hopefully, she's not so curious that she decides to eat the camera lens. It could be that this camera might be camouflaged with leaves and branches. It might be tempting to wait, but it wouldn't be as tasty as it looks, plus, nobody would be happy if their expansive camera was someone's lunch.
These two deer are getting buck wild smack in front of the camera. They must be fighting over a doe or some nearby territory. Bucks typically fight each other during the breeding season, which is also known as the rut. This period usually occurs in the fall or early winter.
The fights between bucks can be violent, with the animals using their antlers to push and shove each other in an attempt to establish dominance. This fight would be pretty wild to watch in person, but at least we can catch a glimpse of it in this action shot! It sure looks tense!
If we didn't know any better, we might suggest this is footage of a skinwalker. Skinwalkers are legendary creatures in the Navajo culture, and there are many different beliefs and stories about them. According to Navajo tradition, skinwalkers are witches or shapeshifters who have the ability to transform into different animals, including coyotes, wolves, foxes, and owls.
In their human form, skinwalkers are said to have many unusual physical characteristics, such as long arms and legs, animal-like eyes, and unnaturally fast movements. Much like the thing in this photo. Skinwalkers are mysterious and feared creatures in Navajo culture, and encountering one is considered a rare and potentially dangerous experience.
When a deer stands up on its hind legs, it sure is tall! Did you know deer are capable of standing up on their own? In fact, standing is one of their primary activities, as they spend much of their time browsing and grazing for food on trees and shrubs.
Deer have long, slender legs that are designed for running and jumping. They've adapted quite well to life in the wild and are able to quickly stand up from a resting or lying position if they sense danger or need to move to a new location. It could be that the sight of this camera set this deer on alert and that's why he's standing upright.