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The Copenhagen Zoo killed one of its giraffes, a ďsurplusĒ as they called the creature, and fed it to the lions. Aside from forcing what happens in nature, there isnít anything spectacularly weird about this decision. The zoo maintains that just because the giraffe, named Marius, was a big cuddly looking animal doesnít mean itís not still just an animal that otherwise would have been eaten out in the wild.
News is coming out of a horrific plague amidst the world starfish population. Scientists are studying the phenomenon where the arms of starfish crawl away from the body until they are ripped apart, spilling the guts and killing the creature. You donít even have to be a marine fan, or all that sympathetic to animals in general, to be appalled by this disease.
Let me guess, all of a sudden your friends have changed their Facebook profile photo to a picture of a giraffe and youíre wondering what it is youíre missing. Is this some kind of show of support to long-necked mammals? Are giraffes the new ďMy letter isÖĒ or Bitstrips? These viral forms of procrastination are hard to keep up with, arenít they?
The footage was shot at the Addo Elephant Park, which features hundreds of elephants. The camerawoman, Joan Young, wonders in the description how the little elephant is able to recognize the father, but I imagine itís the same way we recognize our parents. Thereís no doubt little differences animals use all the time to distinguish between relatives and strangers.
For years, scientists have been capably identifying and categorizing a variety of species, oftentimes bugs or insects with a few extinct dinosaur species thrown in. However, itís much rarer that a group of scientists comes across a brand new breed of mammalóespecially one hidden in plain sight.
Dumpster diving may be trendy in some social circles, but unlike humans, bears have a little more strength to rely on. A female brown bear recently found she could snag some epic trash by just stealing an entire dumpster rather than trying to dive in to find some goods. The brown bear hit up a Colorado Springs restaurant called Edelweiss, whose employees were shocked to see the brown bear nab the dumpster not just once, but two nights in a row.
With the legs of a zebra and the body of a donkey, the creature has been named Ippo, and heís been attracting quite a crowd at the animal rescue. Heís proven to be extremely energetic and playful thus far, which has thrilled the crowds. No doubt heíll be a pretty big curiosity moving forward, but from a scientific perspective, the animal will also be worth studying since there arenít many of his kind in the entire world.
Sometimes the awesomeness of nature is a little overwhelming. Recently, scientists from St. Andrews University were studying bottlenose dolphins off of the east coast of Scotland when they found that the mammals used signature high-pitched sounds and noises to attract the attention of other dolphins nearby. Using plenty of research as a backdrop, the scientists soon determined that the noises they were hearing were actually dolphins calling to one another by name.
Most zoos boast a wide variety of animals, some of which are interested in interacting with human beings and some of which barely even seem to notice all the gawking patrons. On the list of animals pumped about making a connection with visitors, sea lions are right up there with seals and dolphins near the top of the pack, and this video is a great indication of that.
Just because some dogs are terrible at problem solving doesnít mean all dogs are terrible at problem solving. At least thatís what the German Weimaraner proves in this awesome video about frisbee retrival.
I donít understand rats. I donít get why anyone would want to have them as pets, and I donít get why they donít creep everyone out. That being said, working at a vet hospital for two years during college taught me way more people than you would think, especially women, are big fans of keeping rats around the house. They see them as totally acceptable pets, and this video is a good indication of that.
Did you ever take a class in high school or college that you simply couldnít stay awake for? No matter how hard you tried, there was something about the subject matter or the teacherís voice that caused you to immediately nod off? Well, let the record show this duckling knows exactly how you feel.
Fossils of strange species are found more often than most of us would probably guess. However, itís not quite as often that a fossilized bird is found that has identified a line of birds similar to the quick flying hummingbirds and swallows of today that would have stemmed from a common ancestor.
The skills required to be a human being are quite different than the skills required to be a rhinoceros. For example: human toddlers need to learn how to use utensils, learn how to use the bathroom in the toilet and learn how to play on a playground. Young rhinos need to learn how to defend themselves, learn how to be a member of a large group of animals and learn how to wallow. Iím not saying who has it better or worse, but as you can see in the above video, wallowing looks like a crazy amount of fun.
Giant snails have found their way into Miami-Dade County, and they are multiplying like hotcakes. Not only is the species, known as Giant African Land Snails, big on procreation, they are also an invasive species that is causing real problems for the state. The giant snails, some of which can grow up to eight inches and can live for up to nine years eat at least 500 different plants in the state and also manage to eat through stucco and other building products to sneak into peopleís homes.