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Extreme heat cooks mussels in their shells on Canada coast – video

More than 1bn marine animals along Canada’s Pacific coast are likely to have died in this year’s heatwave, highlighting the vulnerability of ecosystems unaccustomed to extreme temperatures. Christopher Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, walks along the shore of Porteau Cove Provincial Park in British Columbia. The crunch heard in the video is the shells of dead mussels underfoot that perished during low tide as temperatures spiked across the region Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Canada, Marine Life, Pacific, British Columbia, Extreme Weather, University of British Columbia, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Christopher Harley


One man dead after hundreds of stings from Arizona bee swarm

Two people required hospital treatment after being stungLarge open hive thought to weigh 100lb found nearbyOne man died and two people required hospital treatment after they were stung “hundreds of times” by swarming bees near Tucson, Arizona this week. Related: Decimated by famine, Florida’s manatees face an uncertain future Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Animals, Environment, World news, US news, Bees, Wildlife, Arizona, Insects, Tucson Arizona


Decimated by famine, Florida’s manatees face an uncertain future

2021 is already the deadliest year on record for Florida manatees. Scientists and activists are scrambling to avert further disasterOn a bright morning in July, a crowd gathered on a boat ramp in St Augustine, Florida, awaiting the arrival of a young male manatee named Gerard. The marshy Matanzas River gently flowed around oyster beds and sawgrass islands as biologists organized their equipment. Nearby about a dozen onlookers paced by the shore, waiting to catch a glimpse of Gerard’s return to t...
Tags: Florida, Animals, Environment, US news, Wildlife, Conservation, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Augustine Florida, Palm Coast, Gerard, Matanzas River, Atlantic Ocean Samaritans


Another China Man Nearly Embraces Death From Anal Eel Insertion

Yet another Chinese man nearly succumbed to death after employing the old folk remedy of inserting an eel into the rectum to try and alleviate constipation, with many sure to suggest that common sense would indicate the eel will tear through the person’s organs. Doctors (of China’s Xinghua) learned the 8-inch oceanic dweller quickly bit […]
Tags: Health, China, Animals, Medical, International, Bizarre, Bestiality, Anime, Fetish, Guro, Oshiri, Xinghua


Return of the pack: African wild dogs’ epic journey to a new home in Malawi

In an ‘absolute win’ for the endangered species, 14 dogs were transported by road and air to a ‘safe space’ in a country they have not populated in large numbers for decadesUnder cover of night, a pack of African wild dogs swarms around an impala carcass. Awake and hungry after a 27-hour transcontinental journey, this animated scene in Liwonde national park is a sign of “mission accomplished”: African wild dogs are back in Malawi.“The feeling is absolutely surreal and so emotional,” says Cole du...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, South Africa, Wildlife, Conservation, Global development, Endangered Species, Mozambique, Malawi, Mammals, Liwonde, Wild Dog Range Expansion Project


Dogs know when people are lying

A study of 260 dogs found that, in some cases, dogs can tell when people are lying.The experiments involved giving dogs information about the location of food.The majority of the dogs did not follow false suggestions when they knew humans were lying.Is humanity's best friend catching on to our shenanigans? Researchers at the University of Vienna discovered that dogs can in certain cases know when people are lying. The scientists carried out a study with hundreds of dogs to determine to what exte...
Tags: Psychology, Biology, Dogs, Animals, Ethics, Innovation, University of Vienna, Royal Society B, Lucrezia Lonardo, Ludwig Huber, New Scientist Maybe


Freaky ‘Penis Snakes’ Have Finally Made It to the U.S., and of Course They Chose Florida

DNA analysis confirms that an eel-like creature pulled from a Florida canal two years ago is a caecilian, otherwise known as the “penis snake.” The same canal has since yielded several other specimens, leading to concerns that the non-native amphibian has taken root in the United States.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Animals, Environment, Amphibians, United States Read, Vertebrates, Herpetology, Typhlonectidae, Siphonops, Atretochoana, Typhlonectes, Coleman Sheehy, Gymnophiona, Caecilian


Marine scientists spotted a 'real-life' SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star near an underwater mountain in the Atlantic

A sea sponge and sea star on the Retriever seamount, one mile deep in the Atlantic Ocean, July 27, 2021 Courtesy of Christopher Mah/NOAA NOAA scientists use remotely operated vehicles to explore and photograph deep-sea habitats. On Tuesday, an expedition spotted a sea sponge and sea star together a mile deep in the Atlantic. A scientist pointed out that the two animals resemble SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. See more stories on Insider's business page. SpongeBob SquarePants ma...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Animals, New York City, Trends, Atlantic, Noaa, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic, Nickelodeon, Spongebob Squarepants, Atlantic Ocean, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Patrick


Crocodile dragged vacationing teen into ocean. Fortunately, she escaped its clutches.

Kiana Hummel was vacationing this month at a resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when she approached the ocean for a midnight swim. She hadn't even reached the water yet when a crocodile crawled crawled onto the beach, grabbed her leg, and pulled her into the ocean. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Animals, Ocean, Crocodile, Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Crocodiles, Kiana Hummel, When Crocodiles Attack


Caffeine may help bumblebees pollinate more effectively, study shows

Experiment using caffeine concoction on bees’ nests may help farmers ensure crops are pollinatedThe caffeine in the morning coffee that primes many humans for the day appears to inject bumblebees with a similar dose of purpose, helping them pollinate more effectively, a study has found.The impact of the climate crisis, habitat loss and pesticide use has strained wild pollinator populations, including bees, moths, wasps, butterflies, beetles and birds. As a result, some fruit growers have resorte...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Bees, Wildlife, Insects


Hey, that’s mine: naked man’s wild boar chase immortalised in plastic

Photographer unhappy about model railway version of viral picture she took at Berlin lakesideA woman whose photograph of a naked man in pursuit of a wild boar at a Berlin lakeside went viral has said she might take legal action against a company that has immortalised the spectacle for model railway enthusiasts.Adele Landauer, an actor and charisma coach, told German media she resented the fact that others were making money from her snapshot, . Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Animals, Berlin, World news, Adele Landauer


Watch the epic battle between hundreds of monkeys that stopped traffic in Thailand

A massive monkey brawl broke out on the streets of Lopburi, Thailand, stopping traffic on a major road. Thousands of monkeys live around the nearby Phra Kan Shrine and the occasional skirmish occurs but one onlooker said "he had never seen so many monkeys wrestling with each other before, which he likened to a gangster fight in a movie." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Fights, Animals, Monkeys, Thailand, Lopburi Thailand, Phra Kan Shrine


Reward offered after beloved monk seal found killed in Greece

Conservationists offer €18,000 bounty for information about who harpooned Kostis in AlonissosA reward has been announced by a Greek environmental group intent on finding “all those responsible” for the brutal death of a celebrated monk seal discovered harpooned in waters off the island of Alonissos.MOm, the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, said it was offering a €18,000 bounty for information, or evidence, that “will lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible ...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Animals, Environment, World news, Oceans, Kostis


Salmon nearly boiled alive in Pacific north-west heatwave captured on video

A conservation group recorded the video in the Columbia River on a day when water temperatures breached 70FSalmon in the Columbia River were nearly boiled to death when water temperatures rose during the Pacific north-west’s record-shattering heatwave, according to a conservation group that has documented the disturbing sight.In a video released on Tuesday by the non-profit organization Columbia Riverkeeper, a group of sockeye salmon swimming in a tributary of the river can be seen covered in an...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US news, Fish, Washington State, Rivers, Columbia River, Pacific North West, Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate crisis in the American west


Video shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave

A conservation group recorded the video after a heatwave in the Pacific north-west on a day when water temperatures breached 70FSalmon in the Columbia River were exposed to unlivable water temperatures that caused them to break out in angry red lesions and white fungus in the wake of the Pacific north-west’s record-shattering heatwave, according to a conservation group that has documented the disturbing sight.In a video released on Tuesday by the non-profit organization Columbia Riverkeeper, a g...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US news, Fish, Washington State, Rivers, Columbia River, Pacific North West, Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate crisis in the American west


Salmon nearly roasted alive in Pacific north-west heatwave captured on video

A conservation group recorded the video in a tributary of the Columbia River on a day when water temperatures breached 70FSalmon in the Columbia River were nearly roasted to death when water temperatures rose during the Pacific north-west’s record-shattering heatwave, according to a conservation group that has documented the disturbing sight.In a video released on Tuesday by the non-profit organization Columbia Riverkeeper, a group of sockeye salmon swimming in a tributary of the river can be se...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US news, Fish, Washington State, Rivers, Columbia River, Pacific North West, Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate crisis in the American west


Kostis, beloved local monk seal, found slain in waters near Alonnisos, Greece

Conservationists demand killer is found after creature harpooned from close rangeAn orphaned monk seal known as Kostis, who had become a local celebrity in Greece after being rescued by fishers three years ago, has been found harpooned from close range, prompting outrage from conservationists and demands to find his killer.MOm, the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, a not-for-profit group that works to protect the endangered species, said Kostis had been deliberately...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Animals, Environment, World news, Oceans, Alonnisos Greece, Kostis, Hellenic Society, Alonnisos


CT scans of shark intestines find Nikola Tesla’s one-way valve

For the first time, scientists developed 3D scans of shark intestines to learn how they digest what they eat. The scans reveal an intestinal structure that looks awfully familiar — it looks like a Tesla valve.The structure may allow sharks to better survive long breaks between feasts.Considering how much sharks are feared by humans, it is a bit of a surprise that scientists don't know much about the predators. For example, until recently, sharks were thought to be solitary creatures searching t...
Tags: Animals, Tesla, Fish, Oceans, Innovation, Nikola Tesla, Biomechanics, Adam Summers, Samantha Leigh, Leif Ristroph, University of Washington s Friday Harbor Labs, Samantha Leigh California State University


4 Helpful Tips When Bringing Home a New Kitten

Kittens are loving creatures. A lot of people think cats are selfish, which is a common misperception among people. They are relatively easier to look after than dogs, since they do not require much attention, but cats still need your love and support. Bringing them home from the adoption center is not that easy. It takes time for them to get adjusted to a new setting, with new sounds and new sights, it can be quite scary for a kitten. It is up to you to make sure that they feel as comfortable...
Tags: Family, Cats, Animals, Kittens, Jazz


Zoo ethics: free-range prisons or centers for global conservation?

Zoos present a dilemma. On the one hand, they benefit conservation and research; on the other hand, placing animals (particularly intelligent ones) in captivity is ethically questionable.The more we learn about animals — especially how advanced or intelligent they are — the louder the debate will grow surrounding their captivity.Could zoos of the future feature realistic robots in place of animals? How robots could end animal captivity in zoos and marine parks | Just Might...
Tags: Europe, London, California, Animals, Innovation, Oxford, Victoria, Queen Victoria, Aristotle, Jenny, Zoological Society of London, David Hume, Jonny Thomson, Queen Victoria London Zoo


Breeding success: how tattoos and aviaries are helping save the saker falcon

In Bulgaria and southern Siberia, conservationists are finding innovative ways to halt decades of decline for the endangered speciesLarge and powerful with a wing span of more than a metre, the saker falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world. They soar high in the air before diving at up to 200mph to catch small mammals and birds.These predators used to be plentiful, from the grasslands and forest steppes of central and eastern Europe to the semi-desert and mountain plateau regions of east...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Animals, Environment, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Bulgaria, Endangered Species, Siberia, International Union For Conservation Of Nature


‘An abomination’: the story of the massacre that killed 216 wolves

In Wisconsin, hunters are allowed to use hound dogs to kill wolves. In the midst of a politically volatile context, activists are now filming the hunts to raise the alarmThe woods were full of the sounds of snowmobiles and baying hounds. A group of perhaps a dozen hunters had gathered to give chase to big game along a frozen creek in north-eastern Wisconsin.Hound hunting, chiefly for black bear and coyote, is a popular pastime in this part of the state. But the houndsman who emerged from the hem...
Tags: Montana, Animals, Environment, World news, US news, Conservation, Wyoming, Idaho, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Hound


Pandemic gives respite to Greek island sea turtles – but returning tourists could wreck it

With a new study suggesting endangered loggerhead turtles reclaimed empty shores to breed during Covid, conservationists fear the return of mass tourismNikoletta Sidiropoulou and her colleagues in the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (Archelon) are huddled together on Marathonisi beach, carefully digging in the sand. Eventually they find what they’re looking for: a turtle nest, containing upwards of 100 eggs. “It’s really exciting,” says Sidiropoulou.Endangered loggerhead sea turtles, or ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Endangered Species, Reptiles, Mediterranean, Zakynthos, Caretta Caretta, Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece Archelon


How ‘super-detector’ dogs are helping free Iraq from the terror of Isis mines

Branco and X-Lang are part of an elite team – four canines and their Yazidi handlers – leading a groundbreaking sniff-search for the homemade devices that litter the landOn the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm.Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-c...
Tags: Isis, Dogs, Animals, Islamic State, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sinjar, LANG, Branco, Khalaf Qassim


Canine ‘super-detectors’: the dogs working to free Iraq from Isis mines

Branco and X-Lang are part of an elite team – four canines and their Yazidi handlers – leading a groundbreaking sniff-search for the homemade devices that litter the landOn the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm.Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-c...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Islamic State, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sinjar, LANG, Branco, Khalaf Qassim


Blue ticked off: the controversy over the MSC fish ‘ecolabel’

The MSC’s coveted blue tick is the world’s biggest, and some say best, fishery ecolabel. So why is it in the headlines – and does it really do what it says on the tin?This month, two right whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence were found entangled in fishing gear. One, a female, was first spotted entangled off Cape Cod last year, but rescuers were not able to fully free her; the other, a male, is believed to have become entangled in the Gulf.Hunted to near extinction before a partial whaling ban in ...
Tags: Food, Business, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, US news, Fish, Canada, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Whales, Cetaceans, North Atlantic


Snow leopard at San Diego zoo catches coronavirus

Exhibit closed after nine-year-old unvaccinated male named Ramil developed a cough and runny noseSee all our coronavirus coverageAn unvaccinated snow leopard at the San Diego zoo has contracted Covid-19.Caretakers noticed that Ramil, a nine-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. Later, two separate tests of his stool confirmed the presence of the coronavirus, the zoo said in a statement on Friday. Continue reading...
Tags: California, Animals, US news, Infectious Diseases, San Diego, Ramil, Coronavirus, COVID


‘Very saddened’: Toa, the orphaned baby orca that enthralled New Zealand, is buried

Orca cared for by hundreds of volunteers and experts in bitter cold after becoming separated from its pod two weeks agoAn orphaned baby orca that captured the hearts of people across New Zealand has been farewelled at a special ceremony and taken away for burial, ending a desperate mission to reunite it with its pod.The young calf, named Toa – which means brave or strong in Māori – was thought to be between two and six months old, and became stranded on rocks north of Wellington two weeks ago wi...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Marine Life, New Zealand, Whales, Cetaceans, Wellington, Maori


‘The bear came out of nowhere’: Alaska prospector on terrifying grizzly attack

Richard Jessee, who was searching for gold, said: ‘There was no doubt about it: the bear was trying to get into my cabin’An Alaska gold prospector rescued from a sustained attack by a grizzly bear some compared to a famous scene in the movie The Revenant told a local newspaper: “The bear came out of nowhere.“It rolled my bike and the trailer over like it was a toy car. I was in shock and hypothermic.” Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, US news, Alaska, Richard Jessee


‘They had a date to kill the cow. So I stole her’: how vegan activists are saving Spain’s farm animals

Spain may be famous for its love of meat – but sanctuaries across the country are coming to the rescue of its doomed cows, bulls, pigs, sheep and geeseIn the north-east Spanish region of Catalonia, an enormous bull called Pedro is poking his head over a barn door to look at some sheep. He’ll stay there for two hours if the sanctuary volunteers let him; he’ll have to be tempted away with treats so that the sheep can be let out to graze. Pedro knows the routine; he’s been here since he was a calf,...
Tags: Europe, Animals, Pets, Spain, Catalonia, Life and style, Animal Welfare, Madrid, Pedro, Farm Animals, Olivia Gómez de Zamora