Thursday, September 18, 2014

Baby Elephant Rescued From Bottom of Well

An adorable baby elephant narrowly escaped death when it was rescued from the bottom of a well in Africa.  The heartwarming survival tale began when a heroic herder discovered the poor exhausted creature — malnourished and covered in bruises — in Kenya, Caters News reported.  The quick-thinking local called Kenya Wildlife Service staffers, who rushed to the stranded creature’s aid before flying it in a small plane to a wildlife rescue center in Nairobi.  “The little elephant was exhausted and after feeding, promptly collapsed and slept,” said Rob Brandford, director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Photographer Teaches 1,500 Puppies How To Swim

New York Times best-selling author Seth Casteel is back with a second photography book full of our doggy paddling pals, but this time the stars are miniature.  Underwater Puppies, a successor to his 2012 book Underwater Dogs, is the product of swimming lessons Casteel says he gave to more than 1,500 pups. Although dogs are instinctive swimmers, he writes on his website that since swimming pools are not natural bodies of water, it's important that the dogs are taught taught how to get safely out of pools.  Many of the little ones had never swum before, and the pictures showing their excitement are making a serious splash.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

World’s Rarest Bat Found in Miami

If you were one of the world’s rarest and most endangered bats, where would you choose to live? Perhaps in a remote forest or woodland?  Nah, if you’re a Florida bonneted bat, you’re going to Miami. And just like thousands of snowbirds that flock to the city on Biscayne Bay, you like to hang out at the golf course.  Only an estimated 500 of the bonneted bats are left—no one knows for sure how many—and they are scattered around six South Florida counties. The small and high-flying bats have long eluded biologists' attempts to capture them or even discover where they roost.

Monday, September 15, 2014

12 Selfie Tips You Can Learn From Animals

Taking a perfect selfie is difficult.  Between the angle, filters, lighting and endless facial expressions you can make, it can be tough to hone each variable for the ideal photograph. Before throwing your phone in frustration, take a tip from the animal kingdom. You don't need opposable thumbs to take a selfie, and these creatures are here to prove it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Largest Predatory Dinosaur Was 'Half-duck, Half-crocodile'

The largest predatory dinosaur to walk this earth wasn’t the T. rex. It was Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 50-foot long creature with powerful jaws and a solid, spiny sail on its back that dwelled in Northern Africa 95 million years ago. But even though paleontologists have known about this particular dinosaur for almost a century, its true form has only just been revealed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Birds Can Teach Us About Aging Gracefully

Most animals don’t live long enough to experience the debilitating effects of old age. But some critters survive for decades, and one in particular, the thick-billed murre, manages to grow old without losing its physical prowess, scientists have found.  The research could shed new light on the aging process in other wildlife—and perhaps in primates such as humans.  The murre inhabits the far northern reaches of the globe and spends as much time in Arctic waters as it does in the air, diving to depths of 300 feet or more and swim through the sea to hunt fish and other prey. Murres can live 25 years or more, and while scientists from Canada and France discovered that the birds do slow down with age, they don’t lose their diving ability.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in Just Three Years

For years we’ve been hearing reports of elephant poaching in Africa, but a new study has put a number on the problem. Between 2010 and 2012, poachers slaughtered 100,000 pachyderms across the continent.The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to scientifically measure the number of elephants killed across Africa. Researchers counted killings in a Kenyan park and used other data to estimate deaths in other regions. They found that the percentage of elephants killed illegally has increased from 25 percent of all pachyderm deaths 10 years ago to about 65 percent today.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Video: Rescued Baby Elephant Discovers New Toy

A baby elephant put on quite a show for visitors at a rescue facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand, recently, but she has more to celebrate than playtime.  The five-year-old pachyderm, named Faa Mai, was filmed swinging and twirling a blue ribbon.“You can almost hear giggles emanating from the gigantic grin on her face, safe and without a care in the world,” wrote The Huffington Post.

Friday, September 5, 2014

20 Signs Your Cat Is Turning Into a Human

Stop your precious pet before they become something terrifying: a human.  The Internet has had a long love affair with cats. Perhaps we human beings see something of ourselves in these furry felines.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Five Animals That Are a Lot Smarter Than You Think

The Oregon Supreme Court this month issued two landmark rulings that gave animals protections previously reserved for humans. Now police can intervene without a warrant to save an abused or neglected animal from its owner. Animal abusers are also subject to harsher punishments.  “As we continue to learn more about the interrelated nature of all life, the day may come when humans perceive less separation between themselves and other living beings than the law now reflects,” wrote Oregon Justice Martha Lee Walters in one of the decisions. “However, we do not need a mirror to the past or a telescope to the future to recognize that the legal status of animals has changed and is changing still.”