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Beware the “terrible hairy fly”

Scientists in Kenya have located one of the world’s rarest and oddest-looking flies after a long hunt for an insect dubbed the “terrible hairy fly,” experts said on Wednesday…

At about one centimeter long (a little less than a half inch) and so far found on a single 20-meter high rock, the Mormotomyia hirsuta looks more like a spider with its hairy legs, scientists said.

Unable to fly and partial to breeding in bat feces, the fly is thought to live only in the dank, bat-filled cleft of an isolated rock in the Ukazi Hills. It also has non-functional wings that resemble miniature belt-straps, and tiny eyes.

via Africa’s “terrible hairy fly” found in Kenya – Yahoo! News.

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December 9, 2010 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Beware the “terrible hairy fly”

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be departing shortly as soon as we get the Cheetah onboard

Cheetah looks at me

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As if a string of technical woes and delays wasn’t enough trouble for Qantas Airways, a recent domestic flight was briefly grounded by a cheetah.A flight from Melbourne to Adelaide on Wednesday was held up for nearly an hour by troubles handling the pallet on which the animal was being carried in a transfer between zoos.”We’re sorry for the delay, we’re having some problems loading the cheetah,” the pilot was quoted by media as telling passengers.

via Cheetah handling woes briefly ground plane – Yahoo! News.

December 9, 2010 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be departing shortly as soon as we get the Cheetah onboard