Animals
What does consciousness mean in the animal kingdom?

What does consciousness mean in the animal kingdom?

The Atlantic’s Ross Andersen wrote a fascinating piece for the March 2019 issue of the magazine about animal cognition and the scientific community’s rethinking of how animals are aware of themselves and their surroundings. In the piece, he spends time with devotees of Jainism, an ancient religion whose highest commandment forbids violence not only against humans, […]

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Plummeting insect populations threaten our way of life

Plummeting insect populations threaten our way of life


A new analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation has revealed that more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. As the Guardian reported, the rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds, and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the data, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

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One unusual thing: PA man has emotional support gator for depression

One unusual thing: PA man has emotional support gator for depression

  As AP reported, A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The York Haven man said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his […]

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Major Wildlife Trafficking Busts In Hong Kong and Uganda

Major Wildlife Trafficking Busts In Hong Kong and Uganda

CNN reported last Friday that Hong Kong customs agents had taken into custody $8 million dollars worth of smuggled endangered species parts, including the largest single cache of pangolin scales.  This was one of the largest wildlife trafficking busts ever in Hong Kong, a gateway for smugglers to bring illegal good into China.  In a raid, authorities seized 8,300 kilograms (18,300 pounds) of suspected pangolin scales and 2,100 kilograms (4,600 pounds) of suspected ivory tusks from a 40-foot container ship that was supposed to be transporting frozen beef from Nigeria.

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One Cool Thing: baby Humpback whale spotted minutes after birth 

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 […]

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Don’t kiss your hedgehog (and maybe reconsider adopting one)

Don’t kiss your hedgehog (and maybe reconsider adopting one)

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 […]

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Colorado man fends off mountain lion attack

Colorado man fends off mountain lion attack

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 […]

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One sad thing: Monterey Bay Aquarium loses beloved sea otter

One sad thing: Monterey Bay Aquarium loses beloved sea otter

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 […]

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Wyoming’s wild migration

Wyoming’s wild migration

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 […]

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One cool thing: puppies and warm beaches

One cool thing: puppies and warm beaches

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 […]

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One Adorable Thing: Hello Kitties!

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.  […]

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Love long awaited: A frog prince finds his princess

Love long awaited: A frog prince finds his princess

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 […]

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