I met this albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.
Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.
Usually I’m super squeamish around insects but for some reason praying mantises don’t bother me at all, although this is only the 2nd one I’ve seen in real life. It was so fun to feel her walk on my hand aksjdjasd. She was reeeally resistant to getting off the screen door but I got her eventually. She’s now living on a tree with lots of leaves and large twigs growing on the lower half of it so hopefully her babies will have a much higher chance of survival now c:
A tablet of our various sensory organs. Perhaps particularly interesting are those figures depicting inner ear structures (XI - XIV), and that which shows the musculature behind each eye (II).
From Sigismond Laskowski’s Anatomie normale du corps humain: atlas iconographique de XVI planches (1894)