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Dolphin Rescues Two Whales

A mother and baby pygmy sperm whale in New Zealand appeared disoriented this week, repeatedly stranding themselves on a sandbar off of Mahia Beach. After multiple attempts by the locals to guide the whales back to sea failed, the human rescuers were starting to get worried. All of a sudden, a well known, local dolphin…

Dramatic Tarsier

Almost a year ago we posted the Dramatic Chipmunk. Turns out he’s got a cousin…

Robotic Hunting Trophies

“Hunting Trophies” is an art project designed as a sort-of protest against hunting while also raising “questionings on the relation between Human and Animal and Human and Non-Human.” The aptly named French artist, France Cadet, states that she is also trying to “grant them back for a moment the right to life, to free expression…

This picture of a rare white orca was taken off the coast of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands last month by researchers on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship. Looks like he could use a bleaching. The whale had been spotted years ago but has eluded researchers since. According to the Jaws-inspired masterpiece Orca (1977)…

Definitive proof of a wolverine living in California has emerged for the first time since the 1920′s. Kate Moriarty, a graduate student at Oregon State University was hoping to snap a picture of an American marten in Tahoe National Forest, but instead she captured this image of a wolverine. Her motion sensing camera took the…

After our miniature pigs post last week, an astute Zooillogix reader reminded us that there already are mini-pigs native to India. Weighing only about 10-20lbs, the Pygmy Hog is critically endangered with less than two hundred thought to be left in the wild. Once native to India, Bhutan and Nepal, these little guys were thought…

After over 100 hedgehogs were killed by murderous McFlurry containers in Germany, the powerful German hedgehog lobby sprang into action. In perhaps the first example of hedgehog irony, the creatures were entering the cups, getting stuck, and then dying by starvation inside a McFlurry container. The lobby, called BUND (Ballerinas, United, Naked and Dead) brought…

Elephant that Paints Other Elephants

Ridiculousness! Special thanks to NK for sharing.

Snakes Hear with Their Jaws

A new study by American and German scientists, published in the Physical Review Letters, has shed light on a classic zoological mystery: how do snakes hear? For quite a while, researchers did not believe that snakes could hear, until tests performed in the 1970′s proved otherwise. Still, those tests did not explain how the snakes…

Henry the Hexapus

This six-legged octopus- the first ever known to science -was hauled in from a catch off of the coast of Wales. His lack of two limbs appear to be the result of a birth defect not an insurgent IED. The hexapus has been named “Henry” and now resides at the Blackpool Sea Life Centre in…