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Archives for July, 2008

Walking Catfish

After some torrential rain in Pinellas County, Fla, residents were treated to some friendly neighborhood walking catfish. Once again, this was sent to us by Kevin Zelnio who runs an online Viagra store or some such. Interestingly, the link he sent us was from a recent local news broadcast, but a little bit of sleuthing…

Discovery.com recently reported two instances of animals manipulating sound to master their environments. Cuckoos are known for tricking birds into rearing their chicks: They lay their eggs in another species’ nest and, once hatched, the baby cuckoos push out the eggs and/or chicks of the host birds. While it’s also known that the baby cuckoos…

Piranhas and Pedicures

I rarely divulge details of my personal life on Zooillogix because, frankly, I am quite a catch and I didn’t want female readers leaving their husbands. On July 12th however, I (Andrew – the older and wiser one who still has both hands) got married. I tell you this because something horrible happened shortly before…

Flesh-Eating Slug Invades Wales

What is the Ghost Slug? by the Museum of Wales “Unlike most slugs, the Ghost Slug is carnivorous, killing earthworms at night with powerful, blade-like teeth, sucking them in like spaghetti. It is also unusual in having no eyes (it is probably blind) and is almost completely white. It spends most of its time underground,…

Leopard Attacking Crocodile

In a sure sign that Kruger National Park in South Africa is angling to be the World Wrestling Federation of game reserves, yet another unlikely and brutal animal match-up has been caught on film. In this series of photos, a leopard ambushes a crocodile. A protracted struggle ensues but it’s pretty clear who ultimately comes…

Two doozies in a row brought to you today by our good friend Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News and The Other 95%. The first is this awesomeness: Amazing video of a giant freshwater stingray caught in Thailand and covered as part of National Geographic’s Megafishes Project. This specimen measured 14ft long but fisherman in…

Brits of all shapes and sizes have been spitting out mouth fulls of tea and shepherd’s pie at the announcement that a strange unidentified insect seems to be running rampant across England, including London. The black and red bug resembles the Arocatus roeselii, a rare central European insect, only Britain’s bugs are significantly duller in…

Golden Ray Migration

Every year tens of thousands of golden rays, also known as cow nosed rays, make a biannual migration between Western Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula. They are known to school in groups of 10,000 or more during their exodus. These shots were snapped off the coast of Mexico by Sandra Critelli, an amateur photographer and…

StickyBot and Directional Adhesion

StickyBot is a robot designed by researchers at Stanford Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab as part of the Robots in Scansorial Environments project (RiSE). The robotic gecko tests their hypotheses about the “requirements for mobility on vertical surfaces using dry adhesion. The main point is that we don’t need more adhesion, we need controllable adhesion.”…

Pig in Boots

Via the awesome i&o blog, we bring you Cinders, a pig with mysphobia – a fear of dirt. The porker’s owners, Debbie and Andrew Keeble, pig farmers and sausage makers in North Yorkshire England, had never seen anything like it. The tiny piglet would cower and shake in the grass at the edge of the…