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Archives for May, 2007

We know that a rash of recent posts has put us at risk of entering cuteoverload territory , but we couldn’t resist these pictures of seven baby hedgehogs from two different families at the Prickly Ball Farm Hospital in Devon, England. The hospital copes with orphaned hedgehogs every year. This year, however, because of a…

A mad scientist at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, has developed a new technique for finding unexploded land mines: bomb-sniffing bees! Professor Nikola Kezic spends his days training hives of honey bees–whose sense of smell is much more powerful than that of humans– to detect and point out explosives buried in the ground. By combining…

How to Score Some Pangolin

Wildlife officials from Southeast Asia met in Cisarua, Indonesia this week to discuss cross-border animal smuggling. Chief among their concerns was the rapid growth in pangolin trafficking. Scaled mammals with long, sticky, extendable tongues (up to 16″), Pangolins were once grouped with anteaters but recent DNA testing has shown that they are most likely a…

“Some people call me Maurice.” Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae A study from two Australian researchers from the University of Sydney shows that male humpbacks who sing while migrating have better luck with the ladies than those who don’t. Michael Noad and a group of colleagues tracked a population of humpbacks while it migrated to its…

In 2001, scientists at New Zealand biotechnology firm ViaLactia (that translates to Milk Road, right?), identified a cow with a genetic mutation that resulted in its producing skim milk. Since then, Milk Road has successfully bread a strain of cows from the original- Marge – that only produce skim milk. Marge and her offspring produce…

Panda Enslavement

Female pandas ovulate for only 3 days out of every year, making them one of the least evolutionarily “fit” animals we are aware of. If you were in God’s factory trying to figure out where to invest, betting on the panda would be like deciding to build a Ferrari and not include a gas fill.…

Battle at Kruger

Kruger National Park in South Africa is a renowned location for observing some of Africa’s most famous wildlife. Here we have all of that wildlife fighting one another, all at once. Basically this is Kruger’s equivalent of a WWE event. Watch it through to the end or at least minute seven or so.

In another example of how much more progressive Europe is than the US, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire (i.e. Brittania) has entrusted the care of an orphaned flamingo chick to gay parents. Carlos and Fernando, the only gays in the sanctuary, have been egg-nappers in the past. On more than one occasion,…

Nuestra Tiberone de la Conception, Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna zygaena A female hammerhead shark gave birth to a pup in the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska in 2001 despite having no contact with a male shark. Thanks to new DNA profiling technology, scientists have been able to show conclusively that the shark pup contained no genetic…

Beasts from the Depths

A new book, “The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss” by Claire Nouvian, a French journalist and film director, reveals haunting images of some of the most bizarre creatures on the globe, ones that live in the deepest parts of the ocean. In many cases the creatures- some of which were photographed as far…