Animals. Jynx (genus), a bird genus in the Wryneck family. Jinx (chimp), the world's first chimp to skate on ice, was discovered in 1948 by Canadian scientists who were studying snow monkeys in Liberia. They named the chimp James A. Jensen because of its ability to do things with its hands and feet like walk on ice.
Jensen was born in 1911 in Limbe, British Guinea. His father was an English missionary who worked with African pygmy elephants. When Jim was four years old, his family moved to Canada where he learned to talk, eat solid food, and use tools. In 1927, Jim was captured by American scientists and taken to the Bronx Zoo, where he lived for eight years. During that time, he taught himself to skate and perform other tricks. The zoo owners sold Jim to Hollywood movie makers who used him in several films. That is how he got his name: "The Janus Monkey". Scientists think maybe this name came from some ancient Egyptian writing that means "the always double-faced god".
In 1934, Jim was returned to Liberia, but only for three months. He did not like Africa and tried to go back to the United States, but the war there had started and he could not get out. So he went back to Canada instead.
Asiatic wildcats (Felis sylvestris), argali (Ovis ammon karelini), goitered gazelles (Gazella subgutturosa), Asiatic ibex (Capra ibex), snow leopards (Uncia uncia), wolves (Canis lupus), and brown bears have all been observed in the Tian Shan (Ursus arctos).
The tiger is endangered, while the other animals are not. However, it should be noted that sightings of Asiatic wildcats, argali, and goitered gazelles are rare.
In general, animals unique to western China include the giant panda (Pandas), Tibetan fox (Vulpes bengalensis), Jerboa (Allocricetus spp.), Chinese hamster (Cricetulus griseus), and Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi).
Animals found in eastern China include the sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), Indian elephant (Elephas maximus), water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), sika deer (Cervus nippon), Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus), Chinese mountain goat (Capra aegagrus), Gobi bear (Ursus malayicus), and Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus).
Its body is made of lightning, and the most typical form is a white and blue wolf or dog (or even a wolf or dog wrapped in lightning), however it may also be portrayed as a tanuki, leopard, fox, weasel, marten, tiger, cat, bear, porcupine, tapir, elephant, rat, rabbit, bat, squirrel. It usually has red eyes and wears a necklace made of human bones.
Raijin is one of the Japanese kami or gods. Like many other kami, he has many forms; sometimes he is depicted as a beast, sometimes as a man. He is said to have created mankind along with the earth out of his own body parts.
In modern Japan, people often pray for good health, successful exams, or jobs when they make an offering of rice to Raijin. The custom dates back at least to the Edo period.
During World War II, when food was scarce, people prayed for better harvests by making offerings to both Raijin and Toyouke-gū. The belief that praying helps bring about miracles continues today.
Raijin's powers include knowledge, wisdom, learning, intelligence, medicine, healing, protection, happiness, prosperity, peace, quiet, security, harmony, loyalty, love, hate, judgment, forgiveness, restraints, crimes, punishments, changes, transformations.
Lightning plays a central role in many myths and legends around the world.
The tortoise, or turtle (all terms are interchangeable), is one of four holy creatures in ancient Chinese culture, and the only one that isn't legendary (it has the phoenix, dragon, and qilin for company). The term "turtle spirit" can be used as a generic name for any protective deity.
China's oldest known text, the Shu King, tells how the gods made the first humans out of mud with bones inside them. As they grew stronger, the gods created other animals for them to eat. But when the humans began to eat each other, the gods decided to destroy them all except for one family who would serve as their servants. This story probably dates back more than 5,000 years and appears in many different forms throughout Asia including India. It is also found in some North American indigenous cultures.
In later periods, during the Zhou dynasty, for example, the king would sacrifice a goat to the turtle god in hopes of good weather on his journeys. The text says that if the goat was a female she would bear young that looked like the king himself. If the goat was a male, then the king would be given good weather for another year.
During the Qing dynasty, emperors would make offerings at ceremonial halls built in memory of the turtle god. They would burn incense and red flowers while singing songs written by officials.