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Agility Gerbil Is Go

As many of you might have noticed, Benny and I have been off for the week for Christmas in San Francisco. The plan was to visit the Zoo on Wednesday, which obviously did not happen, so we checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a twelfth time. Anyway, our apologies for the lack of posts.…

I’m Dreaming of a White Squirrel

Olney, Illinois is famous for white squirrels. In 1943 there were 1000 of the little guys but by the ’90s the population remained constant around 200. The town has implemented a rather strict set of laws to protect them. Dogs are not allowed to roam free anywhere in Olney and in 1997 cats were prohibited…

New Pygmy Possum and Giant Rat Discovered

Much like Pier 1 Imports is the place to make great unexpected holiday gift discoveries this season, Indonesia is the #1 source for mildly inventive new mammal species. In the Foja Mountains rainforest of eastern Papua province, a joint Indonesian and American research team recently stumbled across some new critters. More correctly, in the case…

What? What? Huh? I can’t hear you? What did you say? What? A scientific expedition in the Gobi desert has yielded the holy grail for hamster lovers, film of the long-eared jerboa, a creature that has heretofore never been captured by a camera. Dr. Jonathan Baillie of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) tracked down…

DON’T FEED IT AFTER MIDNIGHT!

Benny and I subscribe to some interesting listservs… One of the few that is fit to discuss here is a zookeeper and exotic pet group that shares information on raising and feeding exotics as well animal enrichment. We have learned so much about enriching the lives of captive porcupines, pangolins and fruit bats that we…

Flaming Squirrel Blows Up Woman’s Car

Hudson County Now reported late last week that a flaming squirrel fell from the sky and blew up a woman’s car in Bayonne, NJ. Lindsey Millar, 23, and her brother, Tony, 22, were inside their home when they looked outside and saw Lindsey’s car in flames. Local firefighters were called and after extinguishing the flames…

Scientists interested in treating infertility in humans are turning to an unlikely source for inspiration: naked mole-rats. The rats–actually more closely related to porcupines and chinchillas than moles or rats–live in large colonies much like ants. In these colonies, one dominant female called the “queen” maintains a monopoly on breeding rights by constantly bullying the…

Dramatic TV Moment!

Thanks to LonelyFatGuy, our Belgian friend

Firefighters in Pocatello, Idaho, pulled the lifeless bodies of four cats and an albino rat from a blaze and then managed to bring them back back to life through artificial resuscitation. The fire department had purchased tiny oxygen masks for use on small animals two years ago. Do cats hear “wha-wha-wha-wha-wha” also?The firefighter who rescued…