Thursday, November 23, 2017

Amazing Turkey Facts!

Happy Turkey Day!


Turkeys are fascinating animals - here are some amazing facts about Turkeys:

  • Each turkey has a unique voice.
  • They almost went instinct in the early 1900's.
  • The funny looking nose is called a snood. And females are known to pick males with a longer snood.
  • In fact, the snood is an indicator of the health of the male - the longer the snood the healthier
  • They can run at 25mph but can fly at 55mph!
  • Benjamin Franklin once called the turkey a "much more respectable bird" than the bald eagle.
  • My favorite fact: the gender of a turkey can be determined by its droppings. That's right. Males produce spiral-shaped poop, and females produce poop that's shaped like a J.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 - Thank You!

Thanks to all my readers who visited me at this year's Salt Lake Comic Con! I loved meeting you all, autographing my books, and introducing many of you to my novels! I hope to see you all again next year. - Kyle













Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Amazing Albino Alligators & Other Animals

Truly fascinating. I'd never seen anything like it. While visiting the Georgia Aquarium, I was surprised to see Albino Alligators! Two of them! I had to take pictures (below).

But before we get to that - albinism is defined as the "congenital absence of any pigmentation or coloration in a person, animal or plant, resulting in white hair and pink eyes in mammals."  Albinos typically have red or pink eyes because the lack of pigmentation in the irises allows blood vessels to be visible.

But you're really here for the pics, right? You should be - albinism is a beautiful phenomenon about nature!

First up are my pics of the albino alligators at the Georgia Aquarium.



And here are some amazing pics of other albino animals - enjoy!

Black Bear

Frog

Giraffe

Gorilla (Named 'Snowflake")

Kangaroo & Its Joey

Koala

Moose

Sea Turtle

Zebra


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Which TWO of these Animals are Left Handed?

In recognition of Left Handers Day, can you guess which TWO of these animals are believed to be predominately left handed?

  A.   Polar Bears
  B.   Parrots
  C.   Kangaroos
  D.   Horses

And the answers are ......

... drum roll please ....

If you guessed A and D, then you're wrong! Though polar bears and horses tend to be the animals most commonly believed as being left handed, they're actually not! Scientific studies have actually shown polar bears to have 50-50 preference for right vs. left paws.

As for horses, they're traditionally led and mounted from the left side and trained to turn to the left, but this doesn't mean they are left-hoofed. Rather, 53% prefer to lead with their right hoof, 40% with their left hoof, and 7% no preference at all.

So, that means ....

Parrots are left-hand dominant, with about 90% having shown left-foot preference in picking things us.

As for Kangaroos, the red kangaroos and eastern gray kangaroos - two popular Australian species - almost always use their left paws.  Interestingly, other species of kangaroos would have a hand preference when on two paws, but when walking on four paws they didn't have any preference. However, the red and eastern gray species showed left hand dominance regardless of if they were on 2 or 4 paws.

I don't know which is more amazing - that there are left hand-dominant animals, or that there are actual scientific studies to find this stuff out! But what's also interesting is that only about 10% of the world's human population are left handers!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Thursday, April 13, 2017