Animals
One cute thing: Lincoln running for office (again)

One cute thing: Lincoln running for office (again)

President Lincoln The Sea Otter Born in a fog cabin, known for his pro-clam-oceans and a four-score from the three point line, all rise for Lincoln (né 805), President of sea pups and commander in mischief at Oregon Zoo! Posted by Monterey Bay Aquarium on Monday, February 19, 2018 Campaign season is gearing up again […]

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One urgent thing: help find Dusty!

One urgent thing: help find Dusty!

As the Santa Fe New Mexican via AP reported, a New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can’t run fast and can’t be missed — a 100-pound tortoise. KOB-TV reports Dusty the Turtle (who’s actually a tortoise) went missing earlier this month in Roswell after strong winds knocked open a […]

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Found!  Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

Found! Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

A team of explorers on the Galápagos Island of Fernandina last week discovered a female giant tortoise from a species thought to have gone extinct in 1906.  The expedition was led by biologist Forrest Galante for Animal Planet’s series “Extinct or Alive” which seeks to find “extinct” animals by searching for them in locations where a given species could have found refuge to remain alive. 

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First climate-related extinction confirmed

First climate-related extinction confirmed

On Monday the Australian government has recognized the first known demise of a mammal because of human-induced climate change.

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Learning to Live With Coyotes in the City

Learning to Live With Coyotes in the City

Researchers from Utah State University in 2016 surveyed wildlife officials in 105 urban areas around the country and they found that 96 of the cities have coyotes in their midst.  Conflicts between humans and coyotes are rising in large urban areas across the country, and particularly in the West.  But those conflicts are not what you would expect.  Some urban areas hold “contests” in which hunters are allowed to “clean out” an area of its coyotes, and others allow trapping and/or poisoning them. 

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One Dope Thing: Even Dolphins Get High

One Dope Thing: Even Dolphins Get High

Leave it to the BBC to expose in a documentary that dolphins get high in a most unusual way.  The TV series, called “Spy In the Pod” filmed the dolphins nudging a puffer fish with their snouts, which apparently causes the puffer fish as a defense mechanism to release a toxin into the water.  The […]

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