"Brave men and women who sacrifice a whole hell of a lot. Today is their day. So celebrate a veteran today," he added.
The 'mouse deer' lives
They're not a fictional species: Mouse deer still roam the Vietnamese woods.
In 2017 and 2018, biologists set camera traps in Vietnam's coastal forests to potentially spot the evasive species, not seen in 29 years. The plan worked. Researchers from Global Wildlife Conservation, working with the Southern Institute of Ecology, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, and the local community, captured 275 photos of the mouse deer, formally called the .
These are the first photos of the chihuahua-sized species alive in the wild, animals first described by scientists in 1910, but last seen in 1990.
"They're pretty elusive," said Andrew Tilker, Global Wildlife Conservation's Asian species officer.
Tilker suspects these herbivores wisely steer clear of any potential danger in the woods, but scurry out to make their living off of forest vegetation and fruit — when it's safe.
While there's now proof the mouse deer lives, this doesn't mean the population — vulnerable to habitat encroachment like any wild species — is well-numbered or healthy.
"It might be that it's found across a wide part of Vietnam, or this might be one of a couple populations," said Tilker. "We really have no idea."
(Tilker and his team are prudently keeping specific mouse deer locations hidden, should any nefarious interests go looking for them.)
Behold, the mouse deer:
Earth is teeming with biodiversity, though many critters, like the world's largest bee, go unseen for decades in their remote or niche habitats.
But little-seen creatures like the mouse deer are out there, persisting — as long as their wild homes remain untrammeled. And scientists suspect that millions of species, especially insects, have yet to be documented by science.
"Go to a rainforest or a coral reef, or any of the wild places left on the planet, and we are simply over our heads, Seabird McKeon, an ecologist at the University of Central Florida, told Mashable earlier this year.
Many species, however, are imperiled, or may become imperiled this century as the tolls of habitat destruction, exploitation, and climate change, amass. The UN estimates that 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction.
The elusive mouse deer might be threatened, too.
"We're careful not to assume their species is thriving across a wide area," Tilker said.
The Sill's faux and preserved plants are pretty, pet-friendly, and pricey
Aesthetically pleasing option for people who struggle with plant care • Non-toxic and safe for homes with pets
Pricey • Light shedding • Planters slightly larger than plants
The Bottom Line
The Sill's faux and preserved plants are as beautiful as you'd expect from The Sill — with a few kinks — but they're also super pricey.
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I'm a big fan of The Sill for its live houseplants, which have always arrived at my door healthy, safe, and well-packaged. Now for those of us who struggle to keep even a snake plant alive, the company has dipped a toe into fake and preserved plants, too.
The collection includes 14 fake plants and 3 preserved plants, which range in price from $75 (three faux Monstera leaves) to $940 (a 40" by 18" living wall). Among them are several plants that are infamously hard to maintain, like ficus trees and fiddle-leaf figs. If you lack either the light or the skill set to care for the real versions of these bad boys, now's your chance to enjoy their look without having to mourn their inevitable death.
The Sill sent me two products for this story: a faux angel wings begonia and a preserved fern kokedama. In classic Sill form, the begonia (be-faux-nia?) was wrapped carefully in bubble wrap and and placed inside a cardboard carton to maintain its shape inside the box. The kokedama shipped from a separate vendor, Artisan Moss, but it was still painstakingly bubble-wrapped. Both arrived in good shape, with no visible nicks or tears.
The faux plant
First, the begonia. As The Sill points out on its product page, real angel wings begonias can be finicky, especially if your home doesn't have consistent bright light. They're also poisonous to pets, so there's a real market for a faux option. Luckily, this particular fake begonia does indeed look like a real begonia, with long, winglike leaves and bright, painted-on spots. It also comes in one of The Sill's trendy ceramic planters, which adds to its aesthetic appeal.
That said, this plant is still a fake plant. The Sill hasn't reinvented what a fake plant looks like here; the leaves don't gleam like real leaves and the stems are visibly, obviously plastic. The big aesthetic issue, one The Sill might have been able to avoid, is that the faux plant, which is attached to a big chunk of faux dirt, doesn't quite fit in the planter — there's a big ring of space around the perimeter, which means the plant sits a little crookedly.
At $82 — not cheap! — a lot of what you're paying for here is the planter. If you can swing it, you might be better off buying one of The Sill's real plants, most of which are cheaper. But for the pet owners and black thumbs out there, the faux begonia is a fine option.
The preserved plant
Kokedama, which literally means "moss ball," is a Japanese art form in which a small plant (in this case, a fern) is grown on a moss-covered ball of soil. The Sill's fern kokedama is preserved, so you don't need to mist it like you would a living version.
As The Sill warns on its website, the kokedama had a slightly musty smell right out of the box — nothing unpleasant, but definitely noticeable. After a week, it had mostly dissipated, but if it had hung around for a while longer I don't think I would've cared.
I hung my kokedama in my living room. (It comes ready to hang, which is convenient.) So far it has enjoyed a mostly incident-free existence. It did shed a bit during the first few days, which I chalk up to the moss getting loosened a bit during the shipping process, but otherwise looks great. The moss ball is a slightly yellower shade of green than the fern, but a small difference in color is standard for the genre.
The preserved fern costs $75, which is definitely an investment. You're paying for craftsmanship here, though it's worth noting that Artisan Moss (The Sill's vendor) sells preserved pine fern and grassy fern kokedama for just $57 a pop, as well as a bear grass version for $67.50. You simply have to buy them through Artisan Moss's website instead.
So, are they worth it?
Both products are pretty expensive, though it's easier to justify the price of the kokedama than that of the faux begonia.
Living kokedama can be difficult to keep healthy, and the preserved version provides the exact same look with no upkeep necessary. The begonia, on the other hand, is just a regular faux plant in a beautiful planter. In the right home, it'll certainly provide some decorative flexibility — you won't have to worry about placing it near a window or out of reach of your cat, for example — but there are more affordable faux plants out there.
And if you can swing a regular begonia, even better. Just buckle up for some caretaking.
CS Video: Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux Talk Lady and the Tramp
CS Video: Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux talk Lady and the Tramp
Disney gave ComingSoon.net a chance to sit down with the Lady and the Tramp voice stars Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux to talk about the upcoming Disney+ live-action remake alongside their furry onscreen co-stars. You can check out the interview now in the player below, and catch the movie when it debuts on the streamer on November 12!
Lady and the TrampÂ tells the story of an American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with an upper-middle-class family but is set astray when the family has a baby. Lady ends up meeting a mongrel known as the Tramp on the streets. They embark on a romantic journey and eventually fall in love.
The film starsÂ Tessa Thompson (Sorry to Bother You,Â Men In Black) as Lady, Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me) as the Tramp, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) as Jim Dear, Kiersey Clemons (Flatliners) as Jimâs wife Darling, Ashley Jensen (The Lobster,Â Hysteria) as Jackie the Scottish Terrier, Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) voicing Bull, an English bulldog, Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty the Bloodhound, Janelle Monae as the voice of Peg the Pekingese, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah, Adrian Martinez as Elliot and Arturo Castro as Marco.
Charlie BeanÂ (The LEGO Ninjago Movie,Â Tron Uprising) will be directing the live-action/CG hybrid film from a script by Andrew Bujalski. Aside from Mann and Clemons, most of the cast will play CGI characters as we have seen in recent Disney adaptations such asÂ Jungle BookÂ andÂ Beauty and the Beast.