I feel a strange sense of bliss--euphoria even--after watching little Hamlet conquer the stairs, and I just want to share that feeling with all of you. Someone needs to learn how to bottle this feeling legally, because the rest of my day is made!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Solo, a border collie at a South African wildlife reserve, has apparently found sheep herding life too mundane for his liking. In actuality, Solo doesn't have any sheep to herd, so he used his natural instincts with an entirely different species - Siberian Tigers.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Canines, owners, and dog-lovers alike hit up the coastal city of San Diego this past Saturday for some healthy competition at the seventh annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition. Dogs competed amongst other dogs within their size category and were judged based on their skills and confidence out in the surf.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The apparent split of giant tortoises Bibi and Poldi after 115 years of wedded bliss has left an Austrian Zoo, let alone the entire tortoise community, shell-shocked as the two tortoises throw in the towel. According to the Austrian Times, Bibi and Poldi, who were born in 1897, can no longer stand each other’s company at the Happ Reptile Zoo in Klagenfurt, Austria, which they call home. Rather than merely drifting apart with age, they've become violent — Bibi especially, who first alerted zoo staff to the breakup by attacking Poldi, biting a chunk out of his shell.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The more we study animals, the less special we seem. Baboons can distinguish between written words and gibberish. Monkeys seem to be able to do multiplication. Apes can delay instant gratification longer than a human child can. They plan ahead. They make war and peace. They show empathy. They share. "It's not a question of whether they think — it's how they think," says Duke University scientist Brian Hare. Now scientists wonder if apes are capable of thinking about what other apes are thinking.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
At the start of the 1980s there were over a million elephants, during that decade 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across Africa, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject. It is a tragedy beyond reckoning and humanity needs to pay attention to the plight of the elephants before it is too late.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Big cats are under pressure as one of Africa's fastest-growing cities creeps onto hunting grounds. The encroachment of the urban jungle onto lion habitat is increasing the probability of attacks. Development needs to be managed in a sustainable manner.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A pair of twin polar bear cubs born at an aquarium in China have celebrated their first 100 days on earth. Born March 5 at Tianjin Haichang Ocean World, the baby bears spent their first days in an incubator, and staff were unsure if they would survive. "They were so tiny at birth. The elder sister was 497 grams and the younger one was 560 grams," keeper Sun Qinbao told the Daily Mail. But now, the bear cubs are healthy and doing well. They celebrated their "100th-day birthday" by romping around with a ball.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
If there's anything more impressive than a bear's size, it's its intelligence. Bears can learn to ride bicycles, use tools, and as new research shows, "count." Scientists trained three American black bears (Ursus Americanus) to discriminate between groups of dots on a touchscreen computer: Two bears learned to pick the group with fewer dots, while the third learned to choose the group with more dots.
Monday, June 18, 2012
If female butterflies are programmed to identify males of their species by the patterns of spots on their wings, how can new wing patterns evolve in males? The answer is that while females are predisposed to prefer a specific pattern, they learn to like flashier ones more, according to a new Yale University study. The study published online the week of June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives a partial explanation of an evolutionary mystery.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
A rare white rhinoceros has been born in a zoo in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, a zoo official told AFP on Saturday. "This baby rhino, a male, was born early on Friday afternoon without any problems," said Netta Guetta, who heads the African animals department, adding that the newcomer has yet to be named. "This is an extremely rare event in captivity, and it's touching. Immediately after giving birth, the mother tenderly licked her calf and began to breast-feed," she said. The 20-year-old mother, named Tanda, weighs two tonnes and comes from South Africa.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Canadian fisherman Bobby Stoddard caught a striking electric blue lobster in Nova Scotia early last month and is now looking to sell the rare crustacean to the highest bidder, reports CTV News. Blue lobsters occur only in one of about every two million lobsters and the coloring is the result of a genetic defect, according to the University of Maine.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Baby Dolphin at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium a Boy: The Pacific white-sided dolphin mother Piquet (pee-KEHT) probably knew already, but veterinarians at the Chicago's Shedd Aquarium announced yesterday that her calf, born two weeks ago, is male. The pair made their debut swim for the paparazzi, but will remain off exhibit to the public for a few more weeks. The calf is nursing and has put on an extra five pounds since he was born on May 28; he now weighs about 30 lbs.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Like any new addition to an office, Dolly had an adjustment period. The hardest part: learning not to bark at the mailman. Dolly is one of millions of dogs that accompany their owners to dog-friendly businesses every day. Even more will join her next Friday for Take Your Dog to Work Day. "I consider it a benefit like health care. It's a huge attraction," said Dolly's owner Erin McCormack, who works at Authentic Entertainment in Los Angeles as a producer on the Discovery Channel's "Auction Kings."
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whales summering in the Salish Sea.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
New cockroach behavior discovered by University of California, Berkeley, biologists secures the insect's reputation as one of nature's top escape artists, able to skitter away and disappear from sight before any human can swat it.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Currently, there are less than 400 Siberian tigers living in the wild -- which is why it is so heartwarming to see dogs being so passionate about wildlife conservation. A sweet Shar Pei, named Cleopatra, took it upon herself to nurse two young Siberian tiger cubs after their mother abandoned them.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
In animal news this week, several bears have been turning up where they're not always expected. A bear swam across the canal separating Cape Cod, Massachusetts from the mainland and is now traversing the peninsula. According to the Associated Press, "Officials say research dating to the 1700s suggests this is the first bear on the Cape." Later in the week, another bear turned up for work at an office complex in Parsippany, New Jersey. The bear was tranquilized and moved to a park.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Panthera's camera traps recently produced the first photographic evidence of wild jaguars with cubs in an oil palm plantation in Colombia, including photos of two male jaguars and a female jaguar with cubs. Placed in the Magdalena River valley, these camera traps were set to gather new data about the impact of Colombia's ever-increasing oil palm plantations on jaguars.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Missoula, a seven week old female puma cub, made her furry debut on Wednesday, May 30th at the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Germany. What makes her debut so special? She is the first successful birth at the zoo in 22 years!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A good samaritan and a veterinarian in North Spokane, Wash., are being credited with saving the life of an injured bald eagle. ABC News reports that Robert Hutton was driving home from work the evening of June 1 when he spotted the injured eagle "struggling in the middle of the road" at an intersection. He stopped traffic, got out of his car and wrapped the rare bird in a blanket from the back of his truck.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Meet the Yellow Dyer Rainfrog, an adorable but slimy new frog species recently discovered by researchers in a remote mountain range in Panama, according to Science Daily. The colorful little amphibian measures less than 2 centimeters in length, and was named after its gooey yellow skin, which apparently turns anything it touches into gold-- or at least, it turns it gold-colored. After handling the first few specimens, researchers noticed that their fingers had been stained yellow.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
In a video that's both nerve-wracking and beautiful, Mark Dumas swims with an 800-pound polar bear like it's nothing out of the ordinary. The experienced animal trainer has been working with Agee the polar bear since she was a cub. According to video released by Barcroft Media, the bear grew up in Dumas' household, where she was bottle-fed and even played with the family's pets. In the clip, Dumas hugs and kisses the bear like an oversized toy as they continually wrestle on land and in the water.
Monday, June 4, 2012
There's hardly anything funnier than when an animal thinks he's people. Take Polo the Macaw here, for example. Doesn't he laugh just like an evil villain plotting world domination? What's even more amazing is how he shrugs his shoulders, "stomps" his feet and appears to double over with laughter, just like we do when we can't stop laughing.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
They didn't have to call Ace Ventura, or any other pet detective. A group of Los Angeles County deputies solved a case of lizard larceny on their own. The Sheriff's Department said in a statement Thursday night that deputies have reunited a man and his iguana, whose name is just "Lizard," five months after he was stolen. Lizard lived at Ken Schmidt's auto shop for 17 years and was apparently the only thing stolen when the Bellflower business was burglarized in December.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Just because someone is bigger than you doesn't mean you can't be friends. And this heartwarming YouTube video is further proof of that. The clip features a rescue cat named Thomas O'Malley Flufferpants cuddling next to a dog named Murkin.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Maybe it's their tousled hair, pug nose, or their laid-back, leisurely demeanor, but few animals are at once so raggedy and charming as sloths. That's just part of what makes this news so unpleasant: the world's smallest species of sloth, the pygmy three-toed sloth, is in imminent risk of extinction after a recent survey of their population counted less than 100, reports mongabay.com.