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Monday, 1 October 2012

Picture of the Month October

Another month gone by and time to change the photo!
This month's image was taken in my garden - the figurine is a repaint of the Papo Caribou, painted by a talented friend of mine.
  Those who know me, would know that Caribou are one of my favourite animals.
A couple of interesting facts about Caribou:
Their hooves adjust to the season; in Summer when the ground is soft and wet the footpads become sponge-like and give extra traction.  In Winter the pads shrink and tighten, bringing the exposure of the hoof rim.  This enables them to cut through ice and crusted snow, hence stops them from slipping.
They have special noses; Caribou have nasal Turbinate bones that increase the surface area within the nostrils.  Cold air entering is warmed by the animal's body heat before reaching the lungs - water is condensed from the expired air and seized before the animal exhales.  This is used to moisten dry incoming air.

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