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Archives for May, 2007

Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus Robert Pope, a researcher at Indiana University South Bend and Jean-Herv/(c) Lignot from Louis Pasteur University in France have discovered a new type of cell–found only in the Burmese python’s stomach–that helps the animal survive on only a few meals a year. A Burmese python, which can grow to more…

Friends say he was a good neighbor who mostly kept to himself…Gray Squirrel, Sciurus Carolinensis A disgruntled squirrel stormed Evergreen Elementary School in San Jose, California and started biting anything in sight yesterday, injuring three people including two, 11-year old students and a teacher. The students who were preparing for a field trip made a…

Female Fiddler Crabs Dig MTV Cribs

Researchers have long known that female fiddler crabs have a certain appreciation for the size of a mate’s claw, but new findings suggest that in at least one species, the design of the male’s pad is also important. John Christy, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studied the courtship behavior of a…

(Not exactly a bizarre zoological curiosity, but maybe it could fall in the exotic pet category? Either way, the world deserves to know.)Robert Bashwell, a 44-year old homeless man in West Palm Beach, Florida, fell asleep in a dumpster to escape the rain, but woke up to find himself in the back of a garbage…

This albino African pygmy hedgehog was born in Cumbria, England. Albinism, more technically known as hypomelanism, is a congenital disorder that results in a lack of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. In mammals, this typically results in white hair or fur and eyes that appear pink due to the retinal blood vessels…

In a sad follow up to the story posted this morning, Hope, the bearded seal who swam all the way from the Arctic to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, died at Sea World this afternoon. Scientists do not yet know his exact cause of death, but he was significantly dehydrated, malnourished and exhausted when he was captured.

Hope was reportedly on his way to Zihuatanejo, Mexico to meet his old prison buddy, Red, when he was captured A 350-lb bearded seal–named “Hope” by his cheese-ball human rescuers–has been taken into captivity off the coast of Florida, near Ft. Lauderdale. After eluding his rescuers for two days, Hope finally succumbed to their efforts,…

Shrimp on a Treadmill

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A Jogging Flower

A relative of the starfish, crinoids are neither abundant nor well understood. Also known as “sea lilies” or “feather stars” the strange creatures consist of a mouthpart, feeding arms and generally have a stem that connects them to the sea floor. Scientists have long known that crinoids were capable of moving themselves, albeit at a…

One day at a time…Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus harrisii Tasmanian devils are suddenly on the verge of total extinction, due to a mysterious facial cancer that is spreading rapidly through their population. Since the first sick animal’s discovery, eleven years ago, the cancer has swept through Tasmania like a plague, sometimes killing every single Tasmanian devil…