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: Mercy
Feb 15, 2006

His intentions were good, you really hate to see an animal suffer.

Mercy killing is an interesting subject. It’s a hard decision to make if an animal would be better off being put down, maybe some of you have come to that point with a family pet. Many years ago I had some weird dreams where I would have to put something out of its misery, heh, one time it was a pet, another time it was a friend, silly dreams really. In both of those examples they had turned evil, so I had to do away with them. The sad thing, in the one with the pet, it had turned evil and was attacking me and I stabbed it with something, then it turned good… but it was beyond help so I had to finish it off. Fortunately it was just a dream, I’m not sure the meaning but it must be something about dealing with confusing situations and making hard decisions. Maybe I should never make mention of my dreams here, heh.

Pictures Pictures

Okay, we were basically unsuccessful in finding a cute leopard seal cub photo yesterday to help soften their bad guy image. I did find this juvie leopard seal (2nd image down), you can see it still has some baby fur and no teeth, but it is weaned and not really a cub. A couple of you did find some really cute weddell seal cubs though. The weddell seal has similar coloring and markings as leopard seals, but they have the fat face with the short nose, whereas the leopard seal has the reptilian shaped head and the huge mouth, if they are not baring their teeth they are sporting a maniacal smile. See the weddell seal to the left and the leopard seal to the right in the following photos…
Weddell Seal Leopard Seal

Also I said I would post some links to actual penguins molting.

  1. African Penguin Molting
  2. King Penguin Molting (scroll down the page)
  3. Adelie Almost Done Molting
  4. And for contrast here are Adelie chicks with their first molt (instead of a new set of feathers they are losing the furry downy coat for their first set of swimming feathers.)

Still think they are cute when molting?