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Meet the Indian Roller: The Beautiful Bird That Will Take Your Breath Away!

Leslie Tander

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Do you love spending your afternoons walking through the park? If you spend enough time outdoors, you’ll be sure to catch a glimpse of a beautiful bird or two. In the United States alone, there are more than 1,107 different species of birds with another 700 or so just north of the border in Canada, at least according to the most recent data. While there may be plenty of birds flying around the sky, we promise that you’ve never seen one as pretty as the Indian Roller. Don’t believe us? Keep on reading!

The Indian Roller comes from the bird family, Coraciidae. Belong primarily to West Asia, the Indian Roller can be found throughout Asia, Iraq, and the UAE. A few prominent habitats for the Indian Roller are located in Sri Lanka as well as the Maldive Islands. What makes the Indian Roller such a fascinating animal isn’t its location or its size, but the beautiful colors that the bird can showcase. While there are plenty of pretty birds in the sky, there is something unique and stunning about the bright blues mixed in with the pastel color scheme that makes our eyes widen.

The Indian Roller is roughly 27cm in length and can often be confused with the European Roller. The Indian Roller differentiates between its European brethren by way of their brownish chest. Primary colors for the Indian Roller tend to revolve around purples, blues, and pale blues with central feathers of green and throats of lilac and purple. When the Indian Roller spreads its wings and takes flight, it is impossible to see them as anything but the living and breathing works of art that they are! If you happen to be particularly lucky, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Indian Roller as it goes on a feeding run. The Indian Roller is known for being an acrobatic and quick-moving bird that plunges into the water to fish or to bathe. The Indian Roller will often cry out a crow-type sound similar to a chack when it feels stressed or in need of a mate. These birds tend to mate from March to June though dates can change in southern India due to the weather and climate.

While the Indian Roller may surprise readers from the West, the bird has an important attachment to the Hindu belief system. It is believed that the Indian Roller is sacred to Vishnu and that the bird must be captured and released during certain festivals including Dussehra and Durga Puja. The Hindi name for Indian Roller translates to ‘Blue Throat’ and that name is associated with the Indian God of Shiva who drank a poison that left their throat turning blue. The Indian Roller is also the state bird for the Indian states of Telangana, Karnataka, and Odisha.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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