Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Hello and welcome to Betty the Butterfly's Blog for A-Z Animals.

This blog will keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the animal world and will also include some treats and humour for you along the way.

World Animal Day 2018 - Tiny's Story

Thu 4th October 2018 (0 comments)
World Animal Day is celebrated every year around the world on October the 4th on the day of the feast of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The aim of the day is to bring awareness to animal species across the globe to not only highlight the plight of species in the wild, but to also improve animal welfare standards for every animal no matter how big or small.

In order to celebrate World Animal Day 2018, I would like to share with you one particular animal that is very special to me personally.

World Animal Day 2018 - Tiny's Story
World Animal Day 2018 - Tiny's Story, - Copyright Millie Bond, A-Z Animals
World Animal Day 2018 - Tiny's Story, - Copyright Millie Bond, A-Z Animals

How to Keep Your Guinea Pig Healthy and Entertained

Mon 27th August 2018 (0 comments)
Guinea pigs are sociable and intelligent. They make popular pets that children all around the world adore playing with. A downside of owning such a small and adorable pet is that they get bored just like any other animal and risk getting fat. It's easy to learn how to keep your guinea pig healthy and entertained only by following some basic rules.

Guinea pigs or Cavies need both human affection and entertainment. You can keep your little pig pet happy without emptying the nearest specialized store.
 
How to Keep Your Guinea Pig Healthy and Entertained
How to Keep Your Guinea Pig Healthy and Entertained, Copyright Depositphotos.com
How to Keep Your Guinea Pig Healthy and Entertained, Copyright Depositphotos.com

Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?

Mon 16th April 2018 (0 comments)
Once one of the most widespread and common woodland creatures in the country, red squirrels are now seldom seen in many parts of the UK as numbers have declined significantly over the past century. Still commonly found in isolated regions and throughout the European continent, one of our most historically iconic native species is becoming increasingly threatened in the UK due to a number of factors but most notably with the introduction of grey squirrels from America.

Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?
Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?, © Millie Bond
Why Are Red Squirrels So Threatened In The UK?, © Millie Bond

Red squirrels are a highly distinctive squirrel species and are easily recognised by their dark to bright red fur, long ear tufts and fluffy tails. They are relatively small in size compared to grey squirrels and can be found inhabiting coniferous and deciduous woodlands from the UK and Northern Ireland, throughout Europe and as far east as northwest China. They mainly ingest plant materials such as seeds, green acorns, fungi and hazelnuts as well as occasionally consuming eggs and small birds.

The Brunei River

Mon 19th February 2018 (0 comments)
Nestled amongst the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Northern Borneo lies the tiny, oil-rich sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. Run by the Sultan of Brunei, the country is rich in ecological diversity and is home to some of the rarest and most unique animal species on the planet. Despite covering an area of just over 2,200 square miles (less than 1% of Borneo's landmass), the discovery of oil in 1906 has led to the per capita income being one of the highest in world.

The Brunei River - Kampung Ayer
The Brunei River - Kampung Ayer, © Millie Bond
The Brunei River - Kampung Ayer, © Millie Bond

Previous Brunei sultans controlled the whole of the island along with parts of the Philippines and Indonesia but due to the dense jungle covering the region, relied heavily on the rivers and waterways both for transportation and communication. The Brunei River is the shortest major river in the country. Fed by the Kayal and Limau Manis Rivers, the Brunei River flows just 41km (25m) to the river mouth of the Brunei Bay in the north-eastern capital of Bandar Seri Begawan where it flows into the South China Sea.

Caring For Your Guinea Pigs

Wed 22nd November 2017 (0 comments)
Guinea Pigs are one of the world's most popular household pets and are domesticated all around the world. Their sweet, docile nature and highly affectionate and sociable personalities make them a firm favourite animal particularly amongst children, who are able to care for these little creatures with relative ease (providing they have the constant supervision of a responsible adult). Originally from the Central Andes Mountains of South America where they were first domesticated by local people, they were introduced to the rest of the world by the Spanish after their South American "discovery" in the 1500s.

Caring For Your Guinea Pigs - Truffle
Caring For Your Guinea Pigs - Truffle, © Millie Bond
Caring For Your Guinea Pigs - Truffle, © Millie Bond


Guinea Pigs (also known as Cavies) are herbivorous and highly sociable animals that spend many hours grazing on grasses, leaves and other plant materials such as seeds, flowers and bark. Although naturally diurnal, they are most active during the twilight hours of dusk and dawn when there is less of a threat from potential predators, who find it difficult to hunt in the drastically changing light. They have sharp eye-sight and an exceptional sense of smell and hearing ensuring that they can pick up on approaching danger effectively.
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