Also known as a Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko, this tiny reptile will grow up to be a phenomenal master of camouflage with legs that look like branches and a tail that perfectly resembles dead, dry leaves. “Even zoo keepers have a hard time finding the lizards in their enclosure.”
Photos by Stephanie Adams
Fantasy lizard people where the females don’t have breasts they just figured out that bras are perfect for holding heat packs.
Fantasy lizard people where the males figured this out too and can’t understand why humans keep mistaking them for females because obviously they have five brow spikes not six like females do??
let the inter-species games begin!
A way for the punters to entertain the animals!
I approve of this.
It reminds me of a wolf sanctuary I visited where the Wolves had to pens, so at one point they put the wolves into their feeding pen and gave us all meat to hide around their ordinary pen.
Once we were all out and the gate was securely locked they let the wolves back in and they had so much fun hunting down and pulling out the meat.
Ways to safely play with the animals in a respectful manner that is enjoyable for the animals need to be incorporated into zoos and wildlife parks so badly.
It’s so important for the mental health of the animals that they (A) have something to do and (B) have a positive experience from having all of these strange humans watching them all day.
Tweenbots by Kacie Kinzer:
Given their extreme vulnerability, the vastness of city space, the dangers posed by traffic, suspicion of terrorism, and the possibility that no one would be interested in helping a lost little robot, I initially conceived the Tweenbots as disposable creatures which were more likely to struggle and die in the city than to reach their destination. Because I built them with minimal technology, I had no way of tracking the Tweenbot’s progress, and so I set out on the first test with a video camera hidden in my purse. I placed the Tweenbot down on the sidewalk, and walked far enough away that I would not be observed as the Tweenbot––a smiling 10-inch tall cardboard missionary––bumped along towards his inevitable fate.
The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination assisted only by strangers. Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the “right” direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, “You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.”
The Tweenbot’s unexpected presence in the city created an unfolding narrative that spoke not simply to the vastness of city space and to the journey of a human-assisted robot, but also to the power of a simple technological object to create a complex network powered by human intelligence and asynchronous interactions. But of more interest to me, was the fact that this ad-hoc crowdsourcing was driven primarily by human empathy for an anthropomorphized object. The journey the Tweenbots take each time they are released in the city becomes a story of people’s willingness to engage with a creature that mirrors human characteristics of vulnerability, of being lost, and of having intention without the means of achieving its goal alone. As each encounter with a helpful pedestrian takes the robot one step closer to attaining it’s destination, the significance of our random discoveries and individual actions accumulates into a story about a vast space made small by an even smaller robot.
Man this is still one of my favorite little social projects/experiments.
The Spider Who Couldn’t Hide
I HATE SPIDERS BUT OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO FUCKING HILARIOUS HELP
he’s so cute when he digs and throws sand over himself.