Archives for June, 2011

Anyone who has seen the movie March of the Penguins knows that these animal undergo long periods of fasting. There are actually 3 stages of fasting in birds. Phase I: This is a short phase in which they burn stored fat for energy. Phase II: In this long phase, animals are constantly losing body mass…

Africam!

I just found this website called Africam where they have live video feeds of animals in, you guessed it, Africa. It is so neat! My favorite recorded video they have shows an African fish eagle calling. It is such an impressive sight to see how far back this bird stretches its neck during the call.…

They want to suck your blood…

I hate this time of year when mosquitoes come out in droves to feast on unsuspecting victims. If only garlic and silver crosses worked… The problem with mosquitoes is that they are known to transmit numerous diseases such as malaria, west nile virus, yellow fever, rift valley fever, dengue fever, LaCrosse virus, heartworm, and various…

White Nose Syndrome – Revisited

Image: US Geological Survey You may recall a recent post on white nose syndrome in bats. Check out this YouTube video for an overview of this devastating syndrome. Here is an update on the progress of researchers studying the fungus: It turns out that the fungus is lethal to bats in America but harmless to…

Whale Sharks

Image: Brian Skerry, Smithsonian Magazine. Check out the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, which can reach lengths of more than 45 feet! These fish were featured in a recent article from Smithsonian Magazine. You would think the diver would be afraid of being eaten by the “shark”, but it turns out these filter-feeders prefer…

The Dire Wolf

Image: La Brea Tar Pits Image: ©2010 Betsy Malloy Photography All that is left of this prehistoric species are bones like those shown above found at the Los Angeles La Brea tar pits. Many of these wolves ended up there as they presumably hunted “easy” prey stuck in the pits and in the process became…

Why Bears Hibernate

Image source: www.etsy.com It may be hot outside now, but soon enough black bears will be entering their annual hibernating ritual. This brief BBC clip is worth watching (and learning from) over a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade. In the meantime, if you see bears and their offspring while you are out and…

Looks Matter to Veterinarians

Veterinarians can learn a lot about an animal just by looking at their coat and eye color. That is because certain inherited disorders are associated with these traits, which have been described in a recent review article published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal. Take coat color-related sensorineural deafness for example. This inherited disorder has been…