Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
The latest tally of who’s who on the endangered species list includes a few newcomers that we’re responsible for putting there. Thanks to our love of sushi, the Pacific bluefin tuna, the Chinese pufferfish, and the American eel have all moved closer to the extinction designation on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of threatened species. About a third of the world’s 76,199 known species appear on the Red List.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Here’s a video of lions attacking an elephant that you won’t soon forget. We’re guessing the elephant won’t forget it either. In footage shot by journalists in Zambia’s Chinzombo Camp, a one-year-old elephant fends off attack after attack from a pack of 14 lions—charging, kicking, and stomping its way to safety. At one point, three lionesses are draped on the back of the elephant, which plunges into a nearby river to shake off its pursuers. The baby had apparently wandered away from its mother and herd, and the pack of lions descended on it.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
A Sri Lankan leopard in Slovakia’s Bratislava Zoo uses a wooden post to relieve an itch. The Sri Lankan leopard is endangered in its home country, with no subpopulation of the species larger than 250 individuals. It is one of eight recognized subspecies of leopard—the smallest of the “big cats.”
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The vast majority of cat behavior can be attributed to cats being total jerks who know there's plenty they can get away with because of how cute they are. But some of their weird habits are probably just because they see the world very differently than we do. At least, we hope there's an explanation for why they find hair ties to be so endlessly fascinating.http://tinyurl.com/m5eefrp
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Now this is something you don't see every day: a porcupine defending itself from not one, not two, but 17 lions. The incredible nighttime spectacle was caught on video by Luc Beaumont, a guide at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. The porcupine can be seen using its quills to ward off 13 lionesses and four male lions at the reserve. "As a guide I have a bucket list of various sightings that I dream of seeing," Beaumont wrote in a blog post about the unusual encounter. "The more time I spend in the bush, the more amazing things I have seen over the years, the more outrageous my bucket list seems to become. A few nights ago, I managed to tick one major sighting off my bucket list that I have been hoping, dreaming and imagining for many years."