Friday, October 31, 2014
Cuddly kittens got busted Wednesday at the security desk of the Washington Post. The Express decided to try out Uber’s Wednesday-only offer to pay $30 to have a kitten delivered to you for 15 minutes of snuggling. The delivery seemed to not be a problem: Two kittens, Sneezy and Sleepy, showed up in a crate at The Washington Post’s main lobby, according to pictures from our Express colleagues.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Why do some animals live to a ripe old age—a Gila monster at the Tel Aviv Zoo, for instance, is well over 40—while their compatriots die young? For snakes and lizards, at least, the answer seems to be to eat more veggies and have less sex, according to a new study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography. An international group of researchers collected data on 1,014 reptile species and analyzed factors affecting their life spans. The scientists also looked at distribution maps for each species and assessed the temperature, rainfall, and general productivity of each area where the lizards lived.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
These beagles, who had lived their entire lives in cages, romp playfully in the grass for the first time ever, thanks to the Beagle Freedom Project.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Does Sharknado need another sequel? Not when there is jaw-dropping, real-life footage like this (among other reasons). A surfer captured this video of dozens of sharks feeding on a school of blue fish at Cape Lookout National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina. According to Brian Recker, who uploaded the viral clip on YouTube, the feeding frenzy lasted more than five minutes. Seagulls and pelicans joined the apex predators, and a group of people who were out to fish began gathering catch as well.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Forget your human Halloween costume— it's your cuddly pet's costume that's racking up the likes on Instagram this season. Ensuring that your furry friend has the cutest costume at the pet parade will require a bit of foresight, preparation and patience. But it's worth it to know that your dog, cat, hamster or guinea pig will be properly decked out for the spookiest day of the year.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
In case you’re wondering, a bear cub ambles through the aisles of a drugstore the same way a toddler does. It runs, stops, walks, and most likely is on the hunt for sweets. At least that’s what one bear caught on camera at a Rite Aid in Ashland, Oregon, was doing. The bear’s day started with a trip to a Super 8 motel, according to a KOBI-TV report. The one-month-old apparently meandered around the hallways until it was able to get into a room. From there, it escaped out a window and ran across the street to Rite Aid
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
On October 17, this five-year-old yellow Labrador retriever's photo broke the hearts of readers as he reached his paws against his kennel begging for his freedom. He was described by volunteers and staff alike at the busy Carson Animal Care as being extremely smart, gorgeous and just full of love.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
If anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s this baby rhino.Back in May, rangers at a game reserve in South Africa found the three-month-old calf next to his mother, who had been killed and poached for her horn. The rangers called staffers at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre to the scene. “It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side and was crying inconsolably for her,” according to HESC’s website.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Maybe the Weather Channel should start hiring elephants. A study in PLoS ONE suggests the creatures can detect rainstorms happening 150 miles away, possibly by hearing them even from that far off. Migrating elephants are known to change direction out of the blue, and researchers haven't been certain why. The Namibian research team figured it might be because of rain—as Phys.org explains, elephants are regularly looking for water in the region, which is dry outside of the January-to-March rainy season.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Can drones help save the whales? In August, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Vancouver Aquarium conducted a series of drone flights over British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait to monitor the health and reproduction of threatened Northern Resident killer whales from 100 feet in the air.http://tinyurl.com/pmtnpr3
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A Facebook group created for posting pictures of random dogs is being accused of tyranny across the Internet. You may have never heard of it, but "Dogspotting" is one of the Internet's most popular sports. With nearly 30,000 members on the main Facebook group and thousands more on separate, tributary groups and websites, Dogspotting has quickly become very serious business. With the institution of a new, strict set of rules, it's also becoming very controversial. Kind of.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
An Argentina Primera Division match between Belgrano and Quilmes had to be halted late in the first half when a dog wandered onto the pitch. "Humans — I command you to stop playing your silly games and shower me with affection," the dog said before finding a Quilmes player who could not resist its charms and began to pet it. Another Quilmes player, Jonathan Zacaria, then picked up the dog and carried it off the pitch. The match was then able to resume and ended in a 1-1 draw. Clearly that dog was the day's only winner.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Are killer whales multilingual? A new study from the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has found that captive orcas kept with bottlenose dolphins adopt the signature clicks and whistles of their tank mates. But some scientists question claims made in the paper that this knowledge can benefit endangered orca populations in the wild.http://tinyurl.com/krf98du
Friday, October 10, 2014
This is what happens when a lion becomes part of the household. These pictures show Tippi Hedren — star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds — with her husband, Noel Marshall, and her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and their lion, Neil. Melanie is Tippi's daughter from her first marriage to Peter Griffith. At the time these pictures were taken, Melanie was 19.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
An animal's equivalent to a dentist appointment is a trip to the vet. They can put on their best puppy face and try as hard as they want — even hide in the sink at the doctor's office — but the visit is inevitable. Despite putting your beloved pet through so much anxiety, your little ball of fluff is just as cute when they're a ball of nerves.Sorry, cute animals, but there is just no escaping a trip to the evil vet — no matter how adorable you look.http://tinyurl.com/ngtzbst
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Animal control officer Wanda Snell knows what she saw: A veterinarian inserted a needle into the black-and-brown mutt and injected a chemical meant to euthanize the dog no one had adopted. The animal moved a bit and was still and quiet by the time she left the shelter for home. What Snell can't explain is how or why a mixed-breed dog that nobody wanted recovered overnight and has since bounced back fully from what should have been a lethal injection.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Iris Grace Halmshaw is a 4-year-old girl from the U.K. In December 2011, Iris was diagnosed with autism. She struggled with communication, expressing affection, and social interaction. After her diagnosis, Iris’ parents looked for activities through which she could effectively express herself. They also introduced a new friend into Iris’ life. In February 2014, they brought Thula the Maine Coone home, and it was the “beginning of a beautiful new friendship.” Thula is more than just a therapy cat, she’s Iris’ faithful best friend.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Hawaii’s golf courses and pineapple farms are causing tumors in imperiled green sea turtles, a study published Tuesday finds. The link is an amino acid called arginine, which trickles down from the island’s nutrient-rich urban runoff into the turtle’s food source, riddling their bodies with white tumors. “We’re drawing direct lines from human nutrient inputs to the reef ecosystem and how it affects wildlife,” said Kyle Van Houtan, lead researcher on the study, in a statement.http://tinyurl.com/kmkgadl
Friday, October 3, 2014
Li'l Sebastian fans, meet his real life counterpart: Acer, the miniature horse. At 22 inches tall, the 3-year-old Aquinas is one of the smallest horses in Britain. He lives on Wolfscastle Miniature Horse Farm, where he spends his time with other small steeds and relaxes in his stable, complete with a custom miniature door. Acer even has a best friend on the farm: the owner's labrador named Demon. The two make an especially handsome pair.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
A bear, a tiger and a lion. They’re dangerous predators, but they’re friends. The reason they do not attack each other or consider the other as rivals, is that they were brought up together.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The world’s population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish has plummeted 53 percent since 1970, according to a World Wildlife Fund report released on Tuesday. “Population sizes of vertebrate species have halved over the last 40 years,” the report said. “The state of the world’s biodiversity appears worse than ever.” During the same time, the world's human population has doubled, it noted. The study used a Living Planet Index to measure more than 10,000 populations of the world’s vertebrates.http://tinyurl.com/klcf8ht