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Meerkat
February 6th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Being a bit of an animal lover, i found these images very interesting.

Visitor to London Zoo, Steve Low, used a thermal imaging camera to get these fascinating images of various animals, and how effectively their fur / feathers insulate them. The red areas are the hottest, followed by orange and yellow, while the blue and green areas are the coolest;

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44406000/jpg/_44406604_zoopenguin_gallery.jpg



This pelican has left a warm trail of footprints behind him:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44406000/jpg/_44406603_zoopelican_gallery.jpg



The warm veins can clearly be seen through the wings of these butterflies, with the hottest areas shown in white:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44406000/jpg/_44406600_zoobutterfly_gallery.jpg



Cooler areas are shown in red, yellow, green then blue - as demonstrated by these flamingos, whose beaks are far hotter than the rest of their bodies:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44406000/jpg/_44406602_zooflamingo_gallery.jpg



The heat difference between a zebra's stripes is shown, as dark stripes absorb heat while the white areas reflect it:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44406000/jpg/_44406605_zoozebra_gallery.jpg


A spider:

http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02/spider_415x275.jpg


A group of otters:

http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02/otters_415x275.jpg


Another image of flamingos:

http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02/flamingos_415x275.jpg

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7229291.stm

Another link to infrared images of animals; http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/image_galleries/ir_zoo/