They make an unlikely duo. But after meeting at a reserve for endangered animals, Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Bluetick hound have become inseparable. And now the pals have released a picture book capturing their unorthodox friendship. The best friends were besieged by young fans as they held their own signing for the new release at a bookstore in Georgetown, South Carolina.
In their February issue, National Geographic (NatGeo? Not a fan of the new name) published an article about how we came to have so many different dog breeds and what we can learn from their genetics. Included in the article is this chart that generated quite a buzz in the Shiba Inu community. The reason? The chart states that the Shiba Inu breed is genetically closest to the wolf. Chow Chow and Akita came in second and third, Malamute 4th.
The descriptions for each of the 4 categories are a bit vague, with the description for the Wolflike category as follows:
“With roots in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, these breeds are genetically closest to wolves, suggesting they are the oldest domesticated breeds.”
I would not misinterpret this as Shiba Inu having the most wolf-like mentality (pack order, alpha… etc), to me this conveys that the Shiba Inu breed did not have as much genetic tinkering and stayed relatively true to how nature intended. At least that’s how I read it. What do you think?
A British photographer’s adorable images of puppies, ducklings and even kittens in hammocks will brighten up any rainy day. Master of cuteness Mark Taylor’s images are in demand all over the world for the purr-fect way they capture a softer side to our best-loved animals.
Using a simple clean white background and some unusual animal pairings Mr Taylor’s style has seen him make the cover of prestigious wildlife magazine National Geographic. In this set of heart-warming images Mr Taylor shows why he’s one of the best in his field tapping into that desire in us all to see something fluffy. From ducklings with puppies, to dogs with kittens and even rabbits Mark captures them all on camera as if they were the best and friends.
Mr Taylor, 47, creates his images all at his home studio Warren Photographic, in Guildford, Surrey. His father Kim is a world-renowned wildlife photographer. His mother Jane, who died in 2007 after a brave battle against cancer, was one of the first to use a unique style now so well adopted by her son. ‘My mother was a pioneer if you like of this idea of using the clean white backgrounds and I like to think I am carrying on her legacy.’