Visual Bits #274> Animals Do The Darndest Things

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Visual Bits #201> Quirky Retro Music

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Vintage Photographs Of Exotic Pets

Have you ever dreamt of owning an exotic animal such as a tiger, monkey, or oddly enough, an anteater like Salvador Dali? How about attaching a leash to your pet rabbit and taking it for a walk… or maybe a hop? Maybe you always wanted to play with the neighbor’s kid, but the pet lion he had in his backyard prevented you from doing so. With the endangerment of species around the world it’s understandable in this day and age that there are special permits required in order to have certain exotic animals as pets… but not long ago was a time that the adoption of these animals were advertised in the local paper.

Visual Bits #162 > Monkey Riding Gazelle

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First Images of a Living Burmese Snub-Nosed Monkey

It’s always exciting when a new animal is discovered, but when that animal is a jungle monkey with an upturned nose that sneezes when it rains? That’s just awesome.

In 2010, a new type of snub-nosed monkey, R. strykeri, was found by hunters in Myanmar. Unfortunately, they had killed it before researchers could take a good look at it, and it was eaten shortly after — monkey meat is a delicacy in the region.

Until today, images of the dead Burmese snub-nosed monkey and a few Photoshop renderings (see the first image) were the only ones available. Thanks to a few hidden cameras, however, we’re now able to enjoy looking at these peculiar little creatures in the wild in the newly released photos below.

Cord Sculptures: Soft Pop Art

The sculptures of Brazilian artist Mozart Guerra are unlike any we’ve seen before. Over a base of Styrofoam Guerra uses lengths of brightly colored nylon cord to spirally wind the perfect heads of monkeys, geisha’s and wild animals. In uniquely mixing this modern medium with classic iconography he creates works that are both current and timeless.

Guerra gratuated from school as a architect, later putting his adept hands to work as a designer for theater, film and television in Brazil. Now enjoying his new calling, he has been living and sculpting in Paris since 1992.