This rare video captures the precious first moments just after a humpback whale gave birth off the coast of Maui. Lars Bejder, the director of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Marine Mammal Research Program, said that this is the closest researcher has been to a live birth of a humpback whale in 25 years. You can […]Continue Reading 93 words
Hedgehogs have become popular pets thanks in large part to social media and videos of them taking baths and being otherwise adorable. Despite the fact that they’re nocturnal and not exactly playful, there may be another reason to reconsider a “hedgie” as a pet: they can spread salmonella to their owners. As the New York Times […]Continue Reading 400 words
Last Sunday a man killed a mountain lion by choking it after being attacked while running on a northern Colorado trail. AP reported that the man (who is still unidentified) was running alone at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Fort Collins on Monday when he heard something behind him on the trail and was attacked […]Continue Reading 276 words
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is mourning the loss of its beloved resident sea otter, Gidget, who died over the weekend after a sudden decline in her health. From the MBA’s Instagram post: Ten-year-old Gidget had been a part of the Aquarium family since 2013, and in that time she helped raise four stranded pups. She […]Continue Reading 272 words
Each year as winter falls on mountainous western states like Wyoming, thousands of deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goats begin their seasonal trek to lower elevations. These migrations are truly something to behold and as Smithsonian Magazine described, herd mammals follow historic routes, passed along by mother to young from year to year until […]Continue Reading 382 words
Does the Arctic weather have you dreaming of trip to warmer weather? Well look no further than Potcake Place K-9 Rescue, a registered nonprofit charity located in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales. According to The DoDo, while you’re vacationing and enjoying the sand and the sun, you can also pop […]Continue Reading 161 words
There was a “special delivery” for the Metro Richmond Zoo on November 30th, when they welcomed seven baby cheetas! They were born to Vaila and Kalu, two cheetahs who have been residents at the zoo but had not mated with each other before. Cheetah septuplets are rare — only occurring in 1% of all births. […]Continue Reading 170 words
By Tessa Cafritz Romeo, thought to be the last Sehuencas water frog on earth, lead a lonely life of isolation and unanswered mating calls at Bolivia Cochabamba Natural History Museum for the past decade—but recent events might change that. Scientists have been searching high and low for a “Juliet” even making a Match.com profile for […]Continue Reading 370 words
What’s the best way to track remote colonies of Adélie penguins and figure out what they’re eating? Monitor their poop using satellites. Landsat satellite images have been used to monitor the Earth since 1970 and while they have been able to tell scientists how many penguins make up a colony by tracking the size of penguin poop stains, […]Continue Reading 212 words
The unending government shutdown is causing stress for federal workers and their families, including their pets. Communities all over the country have been working to help fill this gap. The #ChefsforFeds project of Chef Jose Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen is serving hot food to thousands of government workers daily at many locations in Washington, D.C. and around the country — already 40,000 in DC alone. Here in D.C., WCK is partnering with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to provide pet food and necessary supplies for furloughed workers.Continue Reading 497 words
Mice are a perpetual problem in New York City but the city’s feral cats are stepping up to do their part for pest control. As Mother Nature Network reported, the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) pairs feral cats with homeowners who would like someone else to handle their mouse issue. For the most part, […]Continue Reading 192 words
By Tessa Cafritz and Monica Medina Even as experts warn about the rapid pace of species extinction, there are discoveries that provide hope, wonder, and new insights as well. Early in January, National Geographic reported that biologists recently discovered a new species of tree frog —Hylosciirtus hillisi — that they named after a famous U.S. evolutionary biologist David […]Continue Reading 461 words