Strange as it sounds, the Hippopotamus is actually related to cetaceans from which they diverged about 55 million years ago.
From the very huge to the very small... The waterbear is only about 1 mm long. These animals live on lichens or mosses. They can live in diverse environments such as extreme temperatures, lack of water, and the vacuum of outer space. Check out http://www.space.com/5817-creature-survives-naked-space.html
This red-winged blackbird chick had just fledged the nest when this image was taken. This chick is not the cutest of animals.
This Cecropia is North America's largest native moth. They are in the family of giant silk moths.
The Emperor Tamarin is from the Amazon River region. It is named after the Emperor of Germany because of its long mustache.
Images by Michael Leveille 2012