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Archives for April, 2008

Back in March of 2007, we brought you the story of an enormous (colossal really) squid, captured by New Zealandish fishermen and brought back for examination at the University of New Zealand. The frozen squid posed challenges for the researchers who realized that it would take so long to thaw that the outer parts would…

Sleepy Sun Bear

Courtesy of CNN In a moment of weakness, I have turned our site into Cuteoverload. What a shame…

Orangutan “Spear Fishes”

A soon to be released book, The Thinkers Of The Jungle, by Gerd Schuster, Willie Smits and Jay Ullal, contains this first-ever image of an orangutan attempting to hunt fish with a spear. The picture was taken in Borneo on Kaja, an island where rescued apes are rehabilitated. Only about 10 million more years of…

UPDATE: Looks like the fount of wisdom that is The Time’s Online lost a thing or two in the translation. Lucky for us, informed Zooillogix reader and sometimes D&D player, Dragon’s Sorrow End, has set the record straight. The government of Switzerland has passed the most comprehensive laws in the history of pet ownership to…

Festo, a German engineering firm known for finding inspiration in biology, recently unveiled its two newest robots at the Hannover Festival. Picture courtesy of Gizmodo The AquaJelly and AirJelly share the same basic form – a sphere surrounded by eight mechanical tentacles run off lithium-ion batteries. In the case of the AquaJelly which functions underwater,…

It is common knowledge that Andrew and I have a thing for mantis shrimps. Simply put, they are sweet. Andrew even has a poster of a mantis shrimp on the ceiling in his bedroom. New research in a recent issue of Current Biology indicates that these amazing creatures are even MORE incredible than we thought.…

Oscar the Naked Dancing Cockatoo

I think this one speaks for itself.

Tiger Splash Park – Round II

Zooillogix welcomes you back to our favorite ill-conceived, questionably licensed, death-circus: Tiger Splash Park! Any Arizona state legislators amongst our readers? If so, you might want to put this place to sleep… Thanks to dedicated reader Judy for making this vid and sending us the link.

Costa Rican Ear Ache

A friend of mine (I’ll call him Duncan Lye to protect his identity) recently returned from a surf trip to Costa Rica with an amazing tale. It all started when Duncan –a large man, known both for his voracious appetite and his unbending temperament– awoke, early one morning, to find that he had developed a…

Grunion Run

Two species of teleost fish, grunion are famous for their unique mating behavior. During high tides, female grunion crawl out along the water’s edge and dig their tails into the wet sand. The males then wrap themselves around the female to mate and the eggs are deposited in the sand. During the next set of…