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Have you ever seen the Tibetan Fox?

 
 
Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:28 pm
Ok, this is one weird looking fox:



http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/6545/mtifotibetanfoxrr2.jpg
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:29 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Another photo:

http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/5720/mainphpg2viewcorekc6.jpg
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:34 pm
http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/6545/mtifotibetanfoxrr2.jpg

It looks like someone's first attempt at photo shop.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:36 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
That's what I thought till I found the other photos and videos.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:37 pm
I am not disputing you and I find the animal to be rather extraordinary. Thank you for posting.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:39 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
Wasn't taken that way. When I first saw that picture I just didn't believe it was a real photo (the head looks too big and I thought it was shopped too), this is a very cartoonish animal and looks surreal.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:42 pm
I am considering acquiring one for my menagerie.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:47 pm
What is it about tibet that produces short-legged, barrel-bodied, big-headed animals? The altitude?
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:52 pm
@littlek,
Eh? Have more of these weirdos to share?
littlek
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 11:56 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I can't surf - computer issues. Tibetan horses are not quite as weird, but share some traits.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 12:51 am
Robert, I've seen the fox, a strangely proportioned animal.

littlek, I took a gander at Tibetan horses. Didn't see anything unusual.
hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 11:31 am
@littlek,
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What is it about tibet that produces short-legged, barrel-bodied, big-headed animals? The altitude?


shorter limbs prevent rapid cool-down of the body .
saw a nature program recently that showed that animals (and people) living in extremely cold regions - and siberia would certainly qualify - have shorter limbs and more compact bodies .
not many ostriches in the arctic or antarctic .
look at the penguins in the antarctic : plumb and compact .
hbg

these were in patagonia - plenty cold in the south of south-america

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/2880/dsc002991en.jpg
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 11:35 am
@Robert Gentel,
the canadian lynx (a cat) also has short limbs to protect it from rapid cooling - and has a nice heavy fur too .
cats usually don't care much for snow , but this one lives in the snow .
hbg

http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/older_and_under/assets/canadian_lynx.jpg
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 01:02 pm
@Roberta,
Roberta, yeah, nothing so extreme as the foxes. In general, creatures (including people) who live in colder climates have shorter legs and bropader torsos. The tibetan horses do, as compared to Arabian horses, for example.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 02:43 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

Eh? Have more of these weirdos to share?



Well, yaks are built on similar lines:

http://www.rabbireport.com/archives/images2007/02/thingsa_that_ma/yaks.jpg

http://www.taichiacademy.com.au/images/yaks.jpg


Tibetan mastiff is kinda lowslung:

http://i1.tinypic.com/mvi984.jpg


http://i1.tinypic.com/mvi8si.jpg


http://i1.tinypic.com/mviu75.jpg


Lhasa Apsos similar:

http://puppydogweb.com/gallery/lhasaapsos/lhasaapso_p001.JPG

Snow leopard:

http://www.bergoiata.org/fe/felins/Calculation,%20Snow%20Leopard.jpg


Antelope look standard, but furry:

http://english.people.com.cn/200606/05/images/0604_B30.jpg

Tibetan spaniel? (Don't look like no spaniel to me)

http://dogdailyphoto.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/tibetan.jpg


Their vultures seem big...but standard vultures:

http://www.cosmicharmony.com/Tibet/DalaiLama/BeardedVulture.jpg


Their wolves look kinda wolf-like....mebbe a bit less gracile?

http://www.shunya.net/Pictures/Himalayas/Darjeeling/TibetanWolf.jpg

Ponies look kinda standard mountain pony to me:

http://photos1.flickr.com/4251620_97d256dfd8.jpg


Only a lot scruffier, cos they haven't been carefully bred like, for instance, the Welsh Mountain Pony:

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/969/35005230.JP








hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 03:24 pm
@dlowan,
the "muskox" of the north is also built "low-to-the-ground" .
btw they are related to sheep and goats , but not to "oxen" .

http://mercury.bio.uaf.edu/courses/wlf201/muskox.jpg
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 03:27 pm
@Robert Gentel,
The head of that fox looks somewhat wolf-like, doesn't it?
hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 16 Nov, 2008 03:57 pm
@Reyn,
reyn :

try to stay away from the "sharp end" of those musk oxen , will you !
hbg
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