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Photos show how a tree snake makes its body into a lasso to climb and hunt prey

A brown tree snake in a tree in Guam. Bjorn Lardner A new study shows a species of tree snake uses an unprecedented form of locomotion in order to climb objects like trees. The brown tree snake loops its body into a lasso around wide, cylindrical objects in order to ascend them. This lasso technique likely helps the snake scale wider trees and hunt birds nesting in the canopy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The brown tree snake loves to snack on birds.One of the world'...
Tags: Photos, Videos, Science, News, Animals, Trends, Snakes, Climbing, Micronesia, University Of Cincinnati, Brown, CSU, Jayne, Guam, Seibert, Savidge


Bali’s thieving monkeys can spot high-value items to ransom

Study finds macaques go for tourists’ electronics and wallets over empty bags and then maximise their profitAt the Uluwatu temple in Bali, monkeys mean business. The long-tailed macaques who roam the ancient site are infamous for brazenly robbing unsuspecting tourists and clinging on to their possessions until food is offered as ransom payment.Researchers have found they are also skilled at judging which items their victims value the most and using this information to maximise their profit. Cont...
Tags: Science, Bali, Indonesia, Animals, World news, Asia Pacific, Animal behaviour, Uluwatu


Nice phone: Bali’s thieving monkeys can spot high-value items to ransom

Study finds macaques go for tourists’ electronics and wallets over empty bags and then maximise their profitAt the Uluwatu temple in Bali, monkeys mean business. The long-tailed macaques who roam the ancient site are infamous for brazenly robbing unsuspecting tourists and clinging on to their possessions until food is offered as ransom payment.Researchers have found they are also skilled at judging which items their victims value the most and using this information to maximise their profit. Cont...
Tags: Science, Bali, Indonesia, Animals, World news, Asia Pacific, Animal behaviour, Uluwatu


Wildlife rangers in UK: Jobs offer, no bison experience required

Wilder Blean project advertises two roles in readiness for introduction next year of four European bison to ancient woodlandCan you handle a beast as heavy as a small car, that can hurdle high fences from a standing start, and is a peaceful bulldozer for biodiversity?If you’re not intimated by the weightiest wild land mammal in Europe, you could become Britain’s first ever bison ranger. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Wildlife, Conservation, Netherlands, Zoology, Insects, Extinct wildlife, Wilder Blean


Megalodon babies ate their shark siblings in the womb, leading them to be the size of adult humans at birth

A prehistoric megalodon alongside a great white shark. Victor Habbick Visions/Science Photo Library/Getty Megalodons were more than 6.5 feet long at birth. As adults, the huge, prehistoric sharks reached lengths of 50 feet and had . That's far bigger than any other meat-eating shark, living or extinct.  A new study suggests the sharks grew to such large sizes because megalodon babies ate each other in the womb. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A megalodon's .The prehis...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, News, Cannibalism, Animals, Trends, Atlantic, Sharks, Megalodon, Meg, DePaul University, Shimada, Kenshu Shimada, Megs, Aylin Woodward, Florida Museum


Our ancestors domesticated dogs by sharing leftover meat during the last Ice Age, new study suggests

Pyrenean mountain dogs guard a herd of goats and sheep in Brandenburg, Germany, 2019. Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Human hunters bagged more game than they could safely eat during the last Ice Age. Rather than waste the excess meat, they fed it to wolves, which evolved into domesticated dogs over time, a new study suggests.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's hard to resist dogs when they beg for scraps from the table. The act of feeding leftovers to hungr...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Dogs, Animals, Trends, Earth, Domestication, Anthropology, Wolves, Eurasia, Dennis Fast, Scientific Reports, Pyrenean, Brandenburg Germany, Getty Images There


Moths to monkeys: 503 new species identified by UK scientists

Spectacular discovery of monkey in Myanmar among new species described this year by Natural History Museum scientistsScarab beetles from New Guinea, seaweed from the Falklands and a new species of monkey found on an extinct volcano in Myanmar are among 503 species newly identified by scientists at the Natural History Museum.The museum’s work in 2020 describing species previously unknown to science includes naming new lichens, wasps, barnacles, miniature tarantulas and a lungless worm salamander....
Tags: UK, Science, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Myanmar, Biodiversity, Natural History Museum, New Guinea


Science says you should pet your dog before leaving

Just exactly how much are dogs upset when we leave?A new study finds that dogs spend time looking for us after we're gone.The experiment also found that dogs are more relaxed when we give them an affectionate, gentle petting before leaving. Between the heartrending sad eyes when we leave and the explosion of happiness when we return, many (rightfully flattered) dog owners reasonably wonder what happens in-between. The physical evidence suggests nothing really bad happens—outside the occasional ...
Tags: Science, Dogs, Relationships, Animals, Trust, Innovation, Labrador, Pisa, Perugia Italy


Discovery of 'cryptic species' shows Earth is even more biologically diverse

Excitement as DNA barcoding technique leads to unmasking of new species tempered with fear that some are already at risk of extinctionCounting the species: how DNA barcoding is rewriting the book of lifeRead more in our series Biodiversity: what happened next?A growing number of “cryptic species” hiding in plain sight have been unmasked in the past year, driven in part by the rise of DNA barcoding, a technique that can identify and differentiate between animal and plant species using their genet...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects, Butterflies


Revealed: Nasa killed all 27 monkeys held at research center on single day in 2019

27 primates euthanized at California facilityOutcry over revelation that animals were not sent to sanctuaryEvery monkey held by Nasa was put to death on a single day last year, documents obtained by the Guardian show, in a move that has enraged animal welfare campaigners. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, California, Animals, Nasa


A 57,000-year-old mummified wolf pup was found in Yukon permafrost. It's so well preserved that everything but the eyes is intact.

A close-up of the mummified wolf pup's head found in the Yukon, showing her teeth. Government of Yukon A gold miner in Canada's Yukon found the 57,000-year-old body of a female wolf pup in melting permafrost. According to a new study, it is the most complete wolf mummy ever found.  The wolf's fur, teeth, and soft tissues are intact — only the eyes are missing. Researchers think the 7-week-old pup died after her den collapsed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A 7-week...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Animals, Russia, Trends, Ap, Earth, Canada, Anthropology, North America, Mummies, Eurasia, Yukon, Wolf, Northern Hemisphere


'The platypuses were glowing': the secret light of Australia's marsupials

The discovery that bilbies, bandicoots, Tasmanian devils and echidnas emit bio-fluorescence under UV light has sparked the burning question. Why?Dr Kenny Travouillon turned off the lights and headed straight for the shelf holding the stuffed platypus, armed with an ultraviolet torch to test something out. Would the monotreme glow?“All the platypuses were glowing,” says Travouillon, the mammals curator at the Western Australian Museum in Perth. “We went through with other mammals and we found the...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Animals, Environment, World news, Australia news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, Kenny Travouillon, Travouillon


22 discoveries this year changed our understanding of how animals communicate, compete, and defend themselves

elbud/Shuttershock As scientists researched the evolution and behavior of animal species over the last year, our understanding of how many creatures communicate, compete, and defend themselves has changed. New discoveries offered eye-raising insights into the behavior of sharks, penguins, dogs, and insects, among other species. Researchers discovered this year, for example, that platypuses glow in the dark.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Even amid a pandemic, scient...
Tags: Science, News, Dogs, Australia, Animals, Massachusetts, Environment, West Virginia, Trends, Features, Getty Images, Discoveries, Canada, Atlantic, Maine, Arctic


'What's that Skip?' Researchers say kangaroos can communicate with people

Study shows animals with no long history of domestication show patterns of interaction with humans similar to that of dogs or horses The classic TV show Skippy, about a child speaking with a highly intelligent kangaroo, might not be as fictional as we once thought, according to Australian and UK researchers.A study from the University of Sydney and the University of Roehampton in London, suggests that kangaroos are capable of intentionally communicating with humans, suggesting a higher level of ...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Animals, Australia news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, University of Sydney, University of Roehampton


The world's largest iceberg is on track to crash into a small island, where it could wipe out a generation of penguin chicks and seal pups

A gentoo penguin with a newborn chick. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images The world's largest iceberg is drifting dangerously close to South Georgia Island, where millions of penguins and seals are breeding. If the iceberg gets stuck in the surrounding shallow waters it could cut off the animals' access to the ocean. If penguins and seals have to travel across the 30-mile iceberg to get food from the ocean, many of their young will starve. Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Science, News, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Trends, Getty Images, Royal Air Force, Antarctica, Noaa, Penguins, Iceberg, Seal, Galapagos, Antarctic, Reuters


Scientists Just Dropped a Bunch of New Animals

There are some 8.7 million known species on Earth. But it’s always exciting to know when scientists find some mysterious creature they didn’t know existed or rediscover one not seen in ages. When it comes to biodiversity, more is a good thing. And I know this is silly, but honestly, bonus points if they’re cute, right?Read more...
Tags: Mountains, Science, Animals, Discovery, Andes


Brighten Up Your Pandemic Life With One of Google Search’s 50 New AR Animals

Ever since I was young, I’ve always been a cat fan (although dogs are lovely, too). Nonetheless, my current landlord doesn’t allow me to have a cat, so I just settle for following cute ones on Instagram. Considering that I live alone, there have been many times during the pandemic where I’ve thought, “Wouldn’t this be…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Animals, Google Search, Search, Augmented Reality


Origin story: what do we know now about where coronavirus came from?

When Chinese scientists alerted colleagues to a new virus last December, suspicion fell on a Wuhan market. What have health officials learned since then?Show your support for rigorous, independent Guardian journalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMaria van Kerkhove was staying with her sister in the US for the Christmas holidays, but checking her emails. As always. Every day there are signals of potential trouble, said the World Health Organization virologist who was...
Tags: Health, Asia, Science, Biology, Indonesia, China, Animals, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Malaysia, Middle East, Microbiology


‘Covid-19 has an odour, and the dogs are detecting it’: meet the canine super-squad sniffing out the virus

They’re loyal, diligent – and have unbeatable noses. Could dogs play a key part in the fight against the pandemic? A single-storey building in a lonely rural business park, a few miles from Milton Keynes on a grey autumn day. It looks like a location for a bleak thriller: where a kidnap victim is held, perhaps, or the scene of a final shootout. Inside, though, something kind of cool is happening.In a brightly lit room, four inverted metal cups have been placed on the red carpet, each containing ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Milton Keynes, Billy, Jess, Jayde, Coronavirus, Jess Billy


Honey bees use animal poo to repel giant hornet attacks

Newly discovered strategy in Asian bees repels killer hornets that can massacre whole hivesAsian honey bees paste pellets of animal poo on to their nests to repel attacks by giant killer hornets, scientists have revealed.The attacks can involve dozens of the heavily armoured hornets and lead to the “mass slaughter” of thousands of bees, the researchers said, after which the hornets carry off the bee larvae to feed their own offspring. But in a continuing evolutionary arms race, the bees have dev...
Tags: Science, Animals, World news, Bees, Wildlife, Conservation, Invasive Species, Insects


Wuhan virologist says more bat coronaviruses capable of crossing over

Close relatives of Covid-19 virus likely to be circulating in nature beyond China, says Dr Shi Zhengli Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBats in the frontier regions of south and south-west China harbour other coronaviruses that already have the capacity to cross over to humans, a prominent Chinese scientist has said.Dr Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology said these viruses, including close relatives of Sars-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, were likely to be cir...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Animals, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, south west China, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Coronavirus, Shi Zhengli, Shi Zhengli Coronavirus


Finally, Big Cats Are Closer to Getting the Protections They Need

Currently, across the U.S., an estimated 20,000 big cats are privately kept as pets or as roadside zoo attractions, with many living in squalor cages and malnourished misery. They are beaten to succumb to performance. And some are even slaughtered or sold for parts once outlive their utility as cub petting acts. But,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Zoos, Animals, Animal Welfare, Tigers, Lions, Big Cats, Wild life, Tiger King, Roadside Zoos


A Daring Giraffe Rescue Is Underway in Kenya

Conservationists, government officials, and local community members are banding together to pull off a rescue of eight giraffes stranded on a shrinking island in Kenya. In order to save these animals, they created a giraffe-safe barge to get them across to safe land. They made the first successful rescue of a giraffe…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Conservation, Kenya, Giraffes, Save The Giraffes


The most popular wildlife photos of the year include a moose stare-down, a shark smorgasbord, and a lynx playdate

A moose at Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Guillermo Esteves/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition offers the public a chance to vote on their favorite images from the contest.  The leading photographs show an Iberian lynx along a Spanish highway, a civet cat taking a backpack ride in India, and an animal rescuer caring for orphaned bats in Australia. Here are the frontrunners for the...
Tags: Japan, Florida, UK, Science, London, News, Australia, California, Animals, Russia, India, Environment, US, Trends, Features, Wildlife


These Stunning Miniature Sea Creatures Keep the Oceans in Balance

Never underestimate the power of one cell. That’s how many cells foraminifera—little sea creatures with striking shells—have. But boy can they do a lot with it. They’re the world’s tiniest geochemists, tinkering with the ocean.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, Oceans, Forams


'World's Loneliest Elephant' Will Finally Have Some Friends

Finally, some good news in 2020. And we have Cher to thank for it. Yes, that Cher. Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Elephants, Conservation, Cher, Animal Rights, Cher Read


Denmark could dig up and cremate mink killed in Covid cull

Fears nitrogen and phosphorus could be released in large quantities into soil at grave sitesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDenmark’s government is considering exhuming and cremating the remains of millions of culled mink after decaying carcasses started to emerge from a hastily dug grave.After a mutated version of Covid-19 was found in the animals, the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, announced a cull in early November of the estimated 15-17 million mink in Denmark...
Tags: Europe, Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Infectious Diseases, Pollution, Animal Welfare, Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus


Please Enjoy These 2020 Award-Winning Wildlife Photos

“All living beings are on Earth for a reason, from the tiniest insects to the greatest mammals.” That’s what Agora, a free photography app, said they aimed to show with their photography contest, #Animals2020.Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Animals, Nature Photography, Nature Is Amazing


Scientists captured video of a rare squid with tentacles as long as a human

A bigfin squid spotted 2 miles underwater in Australia's Great Bight. Courtesy of Deborah Osterhage/CSIRO Bigfin squid have tentacles 11 times longer than their bodies. The creatures are camera shy: They've only been spotted a dozen times since the 1980s. Scientists recently captured new, underwater footage of five bigfin squid off the coast of southern Australia — the first time they've been spotted in Australian waters.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The squid w...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Australia, Animals, Africa, Trends, Hawaii, Brazil, Squid, Great Australian Bight, Aylin Woodward, Deborah Osterhage CSIRO Bigfin, Deborah Osterhage, Osterhage, CSIRO Bigfin


Killing of Rare Canadian ‘Spirit’ Moose Sparks Outrage, Sadness and a Search for Those Responsible

When a rare white female moose was found dead in northern Ontario, Canada, along a remote service road last month, nearby indigenous residents were shocked. The animal is considered sacred by indigenous peoples in the region, and hunting it is banned in the areas where the slain animal was found. Then came outrage,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Canada, Conservation, Ontario Canada, White Moose



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