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What is a tawny frogmouth? The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago welcomed two tawny frogmouth chicks in early July, 2012.

For reasons unknown, the parents, Eunice, who is on loan from Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina, and Gullet, who is from Sea World Orlando, abandoned the nest about halfway during the incubation period. To give the unborn chicks a chance at life, staff pulled the eggs and placed them in an incubator. Once they hatched, they received round-the-clock care. Now at 3 1/2 weeks old, they have grown, are eating well, and appear to have a bright future ahead of them. 

Tawny Frogmouths are native to Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea. They are not owls, but they do often pretend to be tree branches

The spectacular Catalan street theater company, Sarruga, transforms the Millennium Park in Chicago into a fantasy world, bringing their giant ants, spiders and praying mantises to interact with the public in a larger-than-life show full of light, music and movement. In Insects, Sarruga turns these normally miniscule animals into giants, inverting roles and making humans ten times smaller than the insects.

And no, insects don’t shoot steam, nor do venus fly traps swirl around and bang into things in real life. But! It’s always fascinating to see a scale change — something so small to a larger than life size — especially when people become the smaller swarm in the scene!

From the archives (tho not an insect, but an Arachnid, and still a larger than life puppet of sorts): a massive UK spider puppet!

Brookfield Zoo is happy to announce the birth of an aardvark on January 12, 2012. Because of the dedicated care provided by the Society’s zookeepers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and nutritionist, the now healthy 13-pound calf has a bright future ahead of it… 

For several weeks following its birth, the calf spent nights at the zoo’s Animal Hospital being cared for by the veterinary staff and brought back to its mom in the mornings. Aardvarks are nocturnal and [its mother] sleeps during the day, giving the calf uninterrupted time to nurse and get all the nutrients it can from its mother’s milk. This scenario mimics what would take place in the wild: a mother aardvark would leave its burrow to go forage for food during the night and return in the morning to sleep while the calf nurses.

Aardvarks are native to Africa and eat mostly ants and termites. One interesting note about aardvark babies is that zookeepers won’t know if the calf is a boy or a girl until it is about one year old.

via Neatorama.