Animals
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 

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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