Posts in category "wildlife"

Does Killing Wolves Make Sense?

Does Killing Wolves Make Sense?
Wolves are  (next to man) the top predator in America. Once nearly killed off, with great effort they’ve been reintroduced. Now, that they’re succeeding, some are seeking to kill them. Perhaps, my lack of understanding simply occurs because I don’t live where wolves do. It’s odd to me that (rightly so) most Americans are opposed... Read more »

Animal Bravery

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From a shoplifting pigeon thief to a cat taking on an alligator – here are animals acting tough in surprising circumstances. Except the skydiving cat and skydiving dog – though safe, I’m sure – I’m not certain they had a choice in the matter. Still, all in all – I think, a fun video.  ... Read more »

Floppy Snake

Floppy Snake
A snake-like amphibian dubbed the floppy snake has been discovered in a drained river in Brazil. News reports quickly began to compare the ancient amphibian species (not really a snake) to a human penis, just in case you haven’t heard. The eyeless amphibian, Atretochoana eiselti was discovered at the bottom of the Madeira River in Rondonia state... Read more »
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Bear Saving Crow

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This bird has much to crow about – his (or her) life may have been saved by this Kodiak bear. Or not? What do you think?   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Tigers Taunted by Gibbon

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What’s going on here? Is this gibbon taunting the tigers or wanting to play with the tigers. It’s odd because gibbons are normally wary of being on the ground since that is where they are most susceptible. These tigers are young, but can still do damage to a gibbon. I’m guessing this gibbon is still... Read more »

Can a Dog Guard Against Bears?

Can a Dog Guard Against Bears?
Bears now….previously have answered about porcupines pets and coyotes and pets – here’s a question (from my newspaper column) about how to “train” a dog to defend against bears, and a unique way to determine how a dog might respond. Q: We live in the woods, and the bear population has been increasing here. A... Read more »
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Coyote Problems: Protecting Pets, What to Do

Coyote Problems: Protecting Pets, What to Do
Q: I’m concerned about coyotes; the problem is worse than ever around here. I’m especially worried about my little Bichon Frise, who has no way to defend herself. Recently, there was a coyote attack nearby on a dog who didn’t survive. I don’t want this to happen to my dog. Any advice? — C.G., Schaumburg,... Read more »

Gay Animals

Some tree branches are like a gay zebra finch bar, these birds are all male
Maybe it’s proof that you are born gay….or maybe not. For example, new research demonstrates that zebra finch raised by their fathers aren’t as likely to pair for life with female birds as they are with a dude finch. It seems, the gay blades just ‘hang’ together and don’t usually truly have a gay sexual... Read more »

Keep Flies Away with Fashion

Keep Flies Away with Fashion
A report in the Journal of Experimental Biology is that a pattern of narrow stripes makes zebras “unattractive” to the flies. Dr. Susan Akkeson of Lund University and her team placed a blackboard, a whiteboard, and several boards with stripes of varying widths into one of the fields of a horse farm in rural Hungary. The striped board... Read more »
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Wolves Create Change

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Wolves are important….in fact, this stellar and beautifully shot video is worth watching because it illustrates how little we know about how nature works. By making one rash decision (like removing wolves) or by destroying one species, even introducing a species, the impact may be far greater than we currently understand. The video is spectacular... Read more »
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