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Staff Picks: Winter Animal Photos

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Is it getting cold enough for you, that you’re missing spring? Well, these animals would staunchly disagree and are very thankful for the winter seasons.

Yellow-rumped warbler

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1. Yellow-rumped warblers.

These little guys are finding new ways of reaching resources. Warblers are constantly picked on by larger brood-nesting species (Brownheaded cowbirds), and territories are continually lost because of it. The Yellow-rumped warbler has an advantage over other warblers in that they can digest waxes from berries growing in colder regions.

Snowshoe hare

2. Snowshoe hares.

These little guys actually have the capability of changing their fur depending on the climate! In the winter, their coat remains white as seen in the photo. During summer it changes to a rusty-red to blend with rocks.

Muskox

3. Muskox.

These guys are group-dwelling species and led by a single female.

Clydesdale horses

4. Clydesdale horses.

Numbers for this breed dipped to roughly 80 members in 1975. They have since rebounded to over 5,000 with an estimate of 600 foals born each year.

Emperor penguins

5. Emperor penguins.

Females leave their newly hatched eggs with mate, and leave for an estimated 2-month hunting trip. They may travel some 50 miles to reach the sea, before having a chance to begin hunting. Once in the sea, these girls are capable of diving 1,850 feet (565 meters) and can remain underwater for more than 20 minutes.

Polar bears

6. Last but not least, polar bears.

You thought I’d leave these guys out? How could I? Polar bears are the poster child of global warming and climate change. They’re sold every Christmas season as stuffed bears to little children. Let’s get some facts going: Polar bears are clean animals. After a 20-30 minute feast they will spend 15 minutes bathing in open water, licking paws, chest, and muzzle. To dry off they shake and then rub their fur in snow. Didn’t know you could dry off with snow, but apparently these guys did.

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