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Archives for June, 2008

Lady, the Toad Sucking Cocker Spaniel

“Toad licking” has been well documented around the world with secretions from many species causing intense hallucinations. In this 2006 NPR podcast, they tell the story of a poor cocker spaniel who became addicted to toad. “We noticed Lady (the cocker) spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard. Late…

A new study of barn swallows has shed fascinating light on the link between appearance and the levels of sexual hormones in their bodies. Scientists have long noted that male swallows with deeper red throats attract more females and have higher levels of testosterone. Conventional wisdom assumed that swallows born with more testosterone had deeper…

This calf was born yesterday to Qila, who herself was born at the Vancouver Aquarium 12 years ago. Special thanks to Vancouver Aquarium employee Keey Prior for bringing this to our attention.

This Roe Deer was born in captivity at the research center of the Center of Natural Sciences just outside of Prato, Italy. With a single horn protruding from the center of its skull, Italian scientists believe that the animal either suffers from a unique genetic mutation or that it is a clear sign of the…

Hot Moth Action

Time once again for some of Igor Siwanowicz’s spectacular insect photography. We’ve brought you his mantis photos in the past (#1 , #2, and #3) so we decided to switch it up and take a look at some of his moths. Unfortunately Igor doesn’t tell us which species we are looking at, but maybe some…

New research published in the journal, Animal Behavior, has shed light on an extraordinary adaptation of unborn cuttlefish: the ability to visualize prey while they are still in their egg casings. Even more astonishing is the findings that embryonic cuttlefish who were exposed to crabs preferred crabs as their meal-of-choice after they hatched. This is…

Many people collect baseball cards, stamps, coins, comic books, rocks, fossils or nutcrackers. I believe I have opened up a whole new field of nerd-dom with my zoo and aquarium shot glass collection. Given that it is the only zoo and aquarium shot glass collection I know of, I have also decided it is the…

Washington State Lotto Video

Riddle of the Y-Larvae

A fascinating article in Livescience reveals the answer to a century-old zoological mystery: what do y-larvae grow up to become? Discovered in 1899, y-larvae are clearly young crustaceans but their adult stage could not be determined. While this in itself was perplexing, the newly discovered answer is even more startling: y-larvae metamorphosize into “simple, pulsing,…

When Benny and I were little, we used to bait a large Havahart trap and leave it in the backyard overnight. We caught squirrels, possums and raccoons. Half the fun was the surprise of what might be inside when we woke up the next day. The game ended the morning we discovered we had caught…