Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rangers Protect Remaining Northern White Rhinos

There is only one northern white male rhinoceros left on the planet. Its home is 200km north of Nairobi in Kenya, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  Joining Sudan, the male, are two female northern white rhinos. Together, they are three of the last five remaining northern white rhinos in the world.  The subspecies are on the verge of extinction, suffering greatly since poaching surged in the 1960s. According to The Guardian, a rhino's horn can sell at prices upward of $75,000 per kilo, leaving them under great threat.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Original MGM Lion

The MGM trademark lion, Leo, famously roars at the beginning of every MGM film. In fact, "Leo" has not been one lion but seven, starting with "Slats" the lion from 1917 to 1928. An actual lion named Leo roared from 1957 to the present day.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Video: Monkey Delicately Pets Puppies

This capuchin monkey feels the same way about puppies as you do.  In the above video, which was submitted to Reddit, a small monkey tenderly pets a litter of puppies, giving each one a thorough scratching — then, remembering its instincts, stops every so often to check their fur for grubs.  If there was a scale to measure cuteness, this video would register dangerously off the charts.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Stray Dog Adopts Orphaned Kitten and Nurses Her

Love knows no bounds, and this unlikely family is living proof. In a remarkable story of survival despite the odds, a stray pit bull was found to be raising a helpless orphaned kitten, keeping the newborn alive with her life-giving milk.  The unlikely pair were discovered last Tuesday on a roadside by an animal rescue group in Texas. At first, it appeared the pit bull was with a puppy, but upon closer inspection they realized that it was in fact a tiny cat, no more than a few days old, suckling on her nipple. They rushed them both to the Mercy Animal Clinic in Dallas where veterinarian Dr. Rick Hamlin was astonished by their story and their bond.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Endangered Species Then and Now

The Endangered Species Act is more than 40 years old, which begs the question: Where are they now? “They” being the thousands of threatened plant and animal species that are protected under the landmark legislation.  Maintaining biodiversity is no easy feat, but many species have rebounded since the act’s inception in 1973. So far, 59 species have been delisted, 20 of which are considered true success stories. But others haven’t been so lucky. An animal can be taken off the list if it is no longer threatened or if it goes extinct. Today, more than 1,400 plants and animals remain endangered or threatened.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video: Dog Left in Car Blares the Horn

This dog is furious about being left in a parked car with the windows up and wants everyone to know.  According to the video's uploader, the dog was discovered in Eureka, California. Apparently, it'd drawn a few onlookers by the time the videographer arrived due to the fact that it had been blaring the horn on and off for several minutes.  No word on whether or not the road-raging pup ever got the attention of its owner, but you have to assume the reunion was tense. Or at least awkward for the owner to come to a parked car full of strangers watching.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Video: Adorable Golden Retriever Learning How To Catch Food

Fritz the golden retriever is a very good boy, but he’s pretty awful at catching things in his mouth. Watch as his owners toss tacos, strawberries and whole slices of pizza to find out what Fritz can catch. We promise it’s the best video you’ll watch this month.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Cute Mammal With Teddy Bear Face Rediscovered

You could call it one of the world's longest games of hide and seek.  For more than 20 years, the Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis), a type of tiny, mountain-dwelling mammal with a teddy bear face, had eluded scientists in the Tianshan Mountains of northwestern China.  People have seen the furry critter only a handful of times since it was discovered by accident in 1983. In fact, people have spotted only 29 live individuals, and little is known about the animal's ecology and behavior. 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Bomb Sniffing Elephants in South Africa

Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers. Trained rats sniff out land mines from old African wars. In Croatia, researchers have tried to train bees to identify TNT.  Now elephants. New research conducted in South Africa and involving the U.S. military shows they excel at identifying explosives by smell, stirring speculation about whether their extraordinary ability can save lives.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Funny Animals Lounging Around

Animals, just like humans, have a wide range of personality traits such as laziness, which can gain them quite a reputation. As most others have stated being lazy in the animal kingdom can actually be an excellent tool for survival. Being lazy can help save energy. Laziness is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to do so. It is common for animals to forage for food until satiated, and then spend most of their time doing nothing, or at least nothing in particular. 

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