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Rare Breed: Texas Blind Salamander beer

I was privileged enough to spend a little time with some captive Texas blind salamanders over the weekend, which got me looking around for Texas blind salamander art etc. Texas blind salamanders are delicate little things, but they remind me of one of my favorite species, the cave olm.

There are far too many salamander related beers for me to do one post on just beer, I may have to do them by species… and as far as I can tell, only one beer has ever been devoted to the Texas blind salamander!

Yes, please!

Yes, please!

 

In 2009, Rahr & Sons Brewery made several beers themed for local endangered species called “Rare Breed” and proceeds went to US Fish and Wildlife efforts for the designated species. The blind salamander brew was a pale ale that, according to one interview, took a bit of effort and time to brew. As far as I can tell, they only made it in 2009 and it has not been made since. I hope they bring it back so I can try it! The label is gorgeous.

Frothy.

Frothy.

 

 

 

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Titan Thursday: Someone made an Otachi plush, and it couldn’t be more AWESOME

I was looking up resin models, and I found THIS. I am an AVID fan of Pacific Rim, and my favorite kaiju (“monster,” for any of you who have been so unlucky as to have not seen the film) has got to be Otachi… or really… the adorable little googly eyed Otachi baby.

Googly goo.

Googly goo.

When I saw that someone made an OTACHI PLUSH, it was a stop the presses moment. We all must revel in the absolute awesomeness and adorableness of this plushy Otachi (with baby!!!) made by “pookat” (Jennifer) at deviantart. I think the only thing that could have made it better (for lack of a better word, because honestly this is the best thing ever) would be to give it a pocket, like those “Puppy Surprise” toys from the 90s, that the baby could be inserted into and popped out of. It may not be as snuggly looking as the Japanese giant salamander plush, but this is amazing.

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Knitted Animals

I like to knit (although my skills are not nearly good enough to make most of the things below) so I wanted to share some pretty incredible knitted animal creations I stumbled across.

Some cozy chameleons.

So detailed!

So detailed!

A toasty tortoise.

Until I saw it up close, I thought it was a turtle in a cosy.

Until I saw it up close, I thought it was a turtle in a cosy.

I am sure everyone has seen these, but I had to add a couple… Turtles incognito.

knit taco

He’ll blend right in at the taco stand.

knit turkey

Perfect thanksgiving disguise.

And, my favorite, a comfy cephlapod!

I want an 8 armed hug from him!

I want an 8 armed hug from him!