Undertoad Friday Jan 10 11:21 AM
1/10/2003: Infrared zoo
dave Friday Jan 10 11:23 AM
That wolf/bear looks HAPPY!
Undertoad Friday Jan 10 11:27 AM
Uryoces Friday Jan 10 01:32 PM
Yup. Small cute animals have the ability to render me to goo. I had a border collie/collie mix named Sofie. I raised her from a wee pup, and had to put her down a few years ago. She was 15 happy years old.
Jacque Strapp Friday Jan 10 01:57 PM
I once saw a thermal image of an arctic fox resting on an ice sheet. The entire image was blue (ambient temp) except for the fox's eyes, nose, and mouth. The rest of his body was not radiating *any* heat to the environment. Most impressive.
Beletseri Friday Jan 10 03:56 PM
The link to the zoo isn't working for me
perth Friday Jan 10 03:59 PM
it looks like everything below the root page is broken right now.
Undertoad Friday Jan 10 04:59 PM
They moved it! I found the new location and edited the URL in the original post.
Torrere Friday Jan 10 09:25 PM
This is calling to my memory an article about desert animals. It mentioned a fox that had very large ears to cool down.
Whit Saturday Jan 11 07:33 PM
Wow, you learn something new every day. I was going through them with my ten year old, and found chickens listed under mammals. Well, I'm certainly not as well edumacated as these guys so I guess I just learned something. It's odd though, they certainly seem more like birds than mammals to me...
Torrere Sunday Jan 12 12:35 AM
The images of reptiles are almost entirely uninteresting. For some unexplicable reason, almost every picture of a cold-blooded reptile is shown with the reptile being held by a warm-blooded human. This, of course, drowns out any thermal variation in most of the pictures, not that the reptiles seem to have much to begin with.
Torrere Sunday Jan 12 12:47 AM
I think you might be missing the point, Whit. You do not seem to understand how convoluted these matters can be. The people that set up the Infrared Zoo know that they are birds, and even call them birds in their profile. However, it would appear that chickens are mammalian birds, or mammal-like birds, or part of the obfuscated, government-secret bird classification within mammals.
wolf Sunday Jan 12 01:18 AM
Chickens don't fly. Therefore Mammal.
Uryoces Sunday Jan 12 10:42 AM
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
Whit Sunday Jan 12 11:39 AM
Thanks for the clarification on that Torrere, I figured the goverment must be invoved if the chickens are considered mammals now. It does seem to suggest bureaucracy at work.
juju Sunday Jan 12 01:51 PM
My wife was the <i>100th customer</i> at Chick-fil-a yesterday. They have this deal going where they give every 100th customer a free meal. Isn't that exciting!?!?
Torrere Sunday Jan 12 01:53 PM
Sorry wolf, you'll have to look a bit farther afield. Emus can't fly, but they are birds.
Griff Sunday Jan 12 08:27 PM
wolf Sunday Jan 12 11:01 PM
My response stands.
(incidentally, most "cooking" chickens (and turkeys) are bred to be extra heavy in the breast and therefore they are aerodynamically inadequate to the task of flying. Therefore, anyone having experience of an Arkansan farm chicken that can get aloft is not dealing with the same boid ... uh, I mean species.)