"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals" ~ Anonymous
Animals are a major group of mostly multicellular, eukaryoticorganisms of the kingdomAnimalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently. Most animals are also heterotrophs, meaning they must ingest other organisms for sustenance. Most known animal phyla appeared in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion, about 542 million years ago. Etymology The word "animal" comes from the word male, neuter of animalis, and is derived from anima, meaning vital breath or soul. In everyday colloquial usage, the word usually refers to non-human animals.Characteristics Animals have several characteristics that set them apart from other living things. Animals are eukaryotic and are multicellular (although see Myxozoa), which separates them from bacteria and most protists. They are heterotrophic, generally digesting food in an internal chamber, which separates them from plants and algae (some sponges are capable of photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation though). They are also distinguished from plants, algae, and fungi by lacking rigid cell walls. All animals are motile, if only at certain life stages. In most animals, embryos pass through a blastula stage, which is a characteristic exclusive to animals.
Hello - I am your Mom's friend from DOJ and I love your animal pics too. I am interested in pictures of frogs and the beach. Do you have any of those or, can you take some? I would be interested in purchasing them. Thanks
#4 - I believe that's either a blue bird or woodpecker. Either way it must have taken a lot of patience to get this shot. Very impressive. You definenitely have a focused eye.
okayyyy....no cats? Do you need to stop by and see REDD?